Leggings have been around several times. Sure, they are comfy. This post answers the question how women over 40 can look lovely in leggings.
- Leggings have come a long way
- From the gym to the street
- The second round never ended in Alaska
- Leggings styled for winter
- Summer style with leggings
- Why leggings remained an Interior Alaska favorite
- Cute Saturday Afternoon Cropped Leggings Outfit
- Leggings are a big trend right now
- Leggings at the gym
- Wrapping up how to look lovely in leggings
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Leggings have come a long way
When I was in High School, we wore leggings during PE. At that time, they were exclusively gym wear. And they were all black except for some expansive solid color one with a neon pink or neon yellow wide stripe on the side. You bought them in a store. There weren’t any print on demand designer leggings with crazy patterns or so.
From the gym to the street
Today we wear athleisure at work and play. It wasn’t before the 1980s that this leg-wear became day-wear. They were worn in a casual posh way with one of these super long blazer with wide shoulders and camisole plus high heels. The blazer covered our thighs. At that time, I was totally into that look. It was more comfortable than a pair of skinny jeans and looked polished nevertheless. Full disclosure: I still like the look, but unfortunately it’s so yesteryear today.
Like often in fashion, styles pop up again once in a while. And, yes you don’t wear them anymore the way you wore them the last time they were around. Well, over 40 there are also a lot of other mistakes to avoid to look great in leggings. Let’s jump to the second time around and focus on Alaska to discuss interesting aspects of this footless tights.
The second round never ended in Alaska
Around 2010, leggings again became a trend beyond the gym. This time, global prints like ikat were It among young women. Mature women often preferred solid, dark pairs as they give the illusion of lean legs. Various brands offer good quality, cheap pairs in other fabric than lycra. Dressy options are twill and black denim leggings.When wearing leggings go for a dark, solid pair to create the illusion of lean legs. #leggings #styletip Click To Tweet
Stylist’s remark: When your torso is apple or inverted triangle shape go for a light color with your leggings and a dark color on top. This trick creates a more balanced look.
Leggings styled for winter
In Alaska, women started wearing them instead of their Alaska classic skinnies. Alaskan women have worn their leg-wear in winter instead of tights under their skirts or dresses, with a long sweater or instead of jeans under their kuspaks. The footwear can be anything from duck booties, over mukluks, or tall flat leather boots to lobben boots. Of course with insole and double wool socks. In the Interior, people learned to avoid cold feet at frigid temperatures.
Just another Alaska fun fact. At balls in winter, many women (including me) wear leggings under their dance gowns. See these awesome ball outfits worn in the cold of winter.
Summer style with leggings
In summer, Alaskan women wear their leggings with a flannel or sun-protective shirt or top and x-tra tuffs for fly-fishing and with flip-flops on their bikes, at the grocery store and farmers market. Those leggings with really crazy print patterns are among the Street Style favorites of the young women. Women our age don classic animal or global-inspired ethnic prints like paisley, Indian block print or ikat.
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Why leggings remained an Interior Alaska favorite
Interestingly, even when leggings weren’t It for a while, they stayed a favorite basic in dressing in the Interior. In contrast to skinnies, leggings permit a slightly thicker air layer between the skin and the fabric than skinnies do. An air layer of that thickness is too thin to allow air movement within the clothing like it occurs in straight or boot-cut jeans. Thus, in leggings, the air remains stagnant and acts as a good insulator.
On the contrary, the too thin air layer in skinnies permits heat conduction. Conduction is the process that causes the handle of an iron pan to get hot when frying despite of no contact with the fire. In case of skinnies, the body heat would be conducted (i.e. travel) thru the adjacent denim to the cool outside air.
A recipe to catch a cold!
In case of wide leg pants, air is moving in the legs with every step the wearer makes. Also warm (due to your body heat) air in the legs exchanges with cold air that enters at the open ankles. That area is what we call a cold bridge. Thus, many people pull the upper part of their socks over the pants’ legs. Doing so, cuts off the air exchange. Note that the air exchange means a constant loss of body heat. It’s all about thermal comfort in Alaska.
Cute Saturday Afternoon Cropped Leggings Outfit
This dress is very body conscious and requires shape wear underneath. I know, I know, not very weekend. But when you love the pressure of shape wear, it’s a Do. In this outfit, the knotted cardigan serves to
- defining the waist
- upping the style factor and
- as an easy way to carry it just in case it gets cool in the late afternoon.
Leggings are a big trend right now
Especially, when staying at home. For this post, I styled the current leggings trend the Interior Alaska way with a sun-protective shirt and solid midnight color leggings in a denim inspired elastic fabric.
If you like the look please do not hesitate to pin the photos to your Pinterest board for your friends, family and colleagues to see.
Leggings at the gym
At the gym, leggings look best when you wear a top that covers your hips. See example photos below.
Wrapping Up How to Look Lovely in Leggings
This post covered the history of the legging trends, how it was worn in different decades, how I wear the trend over 50 and how the trend is worn in Alaska. When you are interested in more tips and ideas see this guide on how to style athleisure at the link.
Stylish Monday – Lovely in leggings
Please note that the looks in the above photo collage are not those we present in our posts. Thus, to get more outfit ideas on how to look lovely in your leggings over 40 visit the blogs of my fellow hostesses
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