Leggings are one of the most disputed items of clothing for older women. Some of us over 50 swear by our leggings, while others are appalled by the fact that older women still wear leggings. I say, to each her own.
There is no right or wrong answer to wearing leggings after 50. I think that if you feel comfortable wearing leggings, then by all means wear them.
Here is our list of the best leggings for older women:
The only issue I have always had with leggings (even for younger women) is that they should not be worn like pants. They can leave little to the imagination depending on the fabric that they are made of. Unless I am hitting the gym in my sports leggings, I typically wear a long top or a wrap or jacket that covers my bottom.
Leggings have become a staple item in women’s closets, young and old. Some manufacturers now make them with fabrics like Ponte knit that are more elegant, just as comfortable, and flattering.
Sixty and Me contributor Jodie Filogomo also thinks that leggings are great and she shows us how You Can Look Great In Your Leggings After 50!
Let’s go over what to look for when buying leggings as a mature woman. Also, let’s take a look at the best leggings for older women on the market today.
Because leggings don’t vary much in styling, the thing that differentiates them the most is the fabric. They are generally made of a 4-way stretch knit fabric and contain some sort of stretch agent, like spandex, lycra, or elastane.
Polyester leggings with a percentage of spandex are typically great as activewear. Polyester has good wicking and anti-moisture qualities.
Nylon is another fabric that is commonly used when designing leggings. As polyester, nylon with an amount of spandex is a good fabric for gym wear.
Cotton is a more natural choice. It can also be mixed with spandex to add comfort. Cotton leggings tend to look more dressy and less like gym pants. Cotton also doesn’t wick as well as man-made fabrics like polyester and nylon.
Ponte knit is a mixture of rayon, polyester, and spandex. It is a double knit fabric that has stretch but holds its shape better than other single knit jersey knits.
The inseam of leggings varies, but these are the four basic lengths that they are sold in:
Waist (or rise) height is a question of personal taste about style and comfort. High waisted leggings tend to help tuck in the tummy. Some even come with tummy control.
Black, navy, and grey are the best selling colors for leggings. But they are also sold in a variety of colors and even fun prints.
Let’s take a look at some versatile leggings that can be worn casually (but not necessarily to the gym) and can also be easily dressed up depending on the occasion.
These SATINA top rated leggings are buttery soft and have a super flattering high waist. They are offered in a variety of colors and because they are very affordable, women say that they typically buy several colors. They come in full-length and capri.
These leggings from Nordstrom have an internal control-top waistband that offers a sleek and smooth fit. They are a perfect nylon/elastane mix that provides ultimate comfort for all day wear.
Chicos designs collections with older women in mind. That means that they select high-quality fabrics, like these Ponte knit leggings. They are offered in regular sizing and also petite. They can easily be worn for dressy occasions.
These thick high-waisted leggings from Homma offer tummy compression and come in a variety of colors. They get constant rave reviews from women who swear by their Homma leggings.
These leggings from renowned brand HUE are made with a wide waistband and a super comfortable cotton/rayon/lycra mix for perfect stretch and texture.
These HUE leggings from Macy’s look like jeans but have all the stretch and comfort of leggings. Match them with a casual top and accessories for that comfy everyday look.
These stylish leggings from Pennington’s come in sizes up to 6X. The lace hem is feminine and definitely does not say “gym leggings”. They are super easy to dress up or dress down depending on what you wear them with.
Do you wear leggings? What fabric and length are your favorites? How do you wear your leggings? Let us know in the comments below.