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How To Wear Leggings Over 40 And Look Stylish!

Wearing leggings over 40 can be difficult. Well, wearing leggings at any age can be a challenge. You may not want to show your bum. You want to look sophisticated and chic while remaining comfortable. There are some simple guidelines to help you feel more confident rocking your leggings at ANY age!! Plus, find FOUR outfit ideas below…

Check out this video on how to wear leggings and look chic!

Layered Sweater, Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a brown layered sweater by Brochu Walker, Spanx faux leather leggings, See by Chloe combat boots, and black Chanel boy bag in Telluride, Colorado

Tips For Wearing Leggings Over 40

  • If you’re worried about showing your bum, make sure you wear something long enough to cover it
  • Be aware of volume control. When you wear something SO fitted on the bottom, you should aim to wear a looser fitting top or sweater
  • Avoid tight-fitting tops over your tight-fitting leggings
  • Once you find a brand of leggings you love, buy multiple pairs! I love the Spanx leggings and have several options!

Layered Sweater, Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a brown layered sweater by Brochu Walker, Spanx faux leather leggings, See by Chloe combat boots, and black Chanel boy bag in Telluride, Colorado

Layered Sweater, Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a brown layered sweater by Brochu Walker, Spanx faux leather leggings, See by Chloe combat boots, and black Chanel boy bag in Telluride, Colorado

LEGGINGS | SWEATER | BOOTS | BAG | FOR LESS | SUNGLASSES

#1 | With A Sweater

First, I want to talk about these Spanx faux leather leggings. You’ve probably seen them on Instagram on me or another blogger. I’ve also featured them a couple of times here on the site! They’re a great pair of leggings and I love the faux leather look. They run long so if you’re petite, get the petite version in your normal size.

In this look, I styled them with a gorgeous Brochu Walker pre-layered sweater. I did an entire post on how to wear a pre-layered sweater here. The longer length of this sweater is perfect with the leggings. I threw on my favorite combat boots and a classic black bag to complete the outfit.

fashion blogger over 50 showing an age-appropriate outfit with black Spanx leggings green Marissa Webb jacket and black Schutz heeled bootswoman over 40 years old showing how to appropriately wear Spanx seamless leggings with black schutz boots in Telluride Colorado

LEGGINGS | SIMILAR SHIRT | SIMILAR JACKET | BOOTS | SUNGLASSES

#2 | With A Shirt & Jacket

These leggings are also by Spanx but don’t have that faux leather texture. I love all of the Spanx leggings because they really are the most forgiving. In terms of comfort, they aren’t the softest, but they provide intense tummy and leg control, so everything stays where you want it too. With the leggings, I’m wearing a chambray shirt that’s long enough to cover my bum. Over the shirt, I’m wearing a chic green jacket by Marissa Webb that’s unfortunately sold out. I like the utilitarian look of the jacket, and I love the color! Learn more about the utility trend here. These snake-embossed boots have been a heavy hitter in my closet since 2018! They’re just so chic, sexy and comfortable for heels.

Shop more Spanx leggings here.

fashion blogger over 40 years old showing how to wear Spanx leggings with SAM puffer coat Sanctuary sweater sigerson morrison isla fur boots in Telluride Colorado

How to wear Spanx leggings over 40 outfit with Sigerson Morrison isla fur boots SAM puffer coat in snow

fashion blogger over 40 showing you can wear Spanx seamless leggings as pants with Sanctuary sweater in telluride Colorado

LEGGINGS | SIMILAR SWEATER | PUFFER | FOR LESS | SIMILAR BOOTS | HAT | SUNGLASSES

#3 | With A Puffer

If you’re looking for a more casual way to wear your leggings when it’s cold and you don’t have a ton of time, this look is for you! Any other busy moms out there!? Throw a long comfy, casual sweater over your leggings so your bum is covered, and add your favorite boots. If you’re running out the door, throw on your puffer and a hat and you’re ready to go!

blond fashion blogger over 40 showing how to wear black Spanx leggings in an outfit with Sam Edelman Valda over the knee boots and Barefoot Dreams cardigan in the snow

blond fashion blogger over 40 showing how to wear black Spanx leggings in an outfit with Sam Edelman Valda over the knee boots and Barefoot Dreams cardigan in the snow

sam edelman Valda black over the knee boots over Spanx seamless leggings in Telluride Colorado

blond fashion blogger over 40 showing how to wear black Spanx leggings in an outfit with Sam Edelman Valda over the knee boots and Barefoot Dreams cardigan in the snow

LEGGINGS | CARDIGAN | SIMILAR SWEATER | SIMILAR BOOTS | SUNGLASSES

#4 | With A Cardigan

I love how this look is the most covered up and yet the sexiest! Leggings can be sexy!! I’m wearing another pre-layered sweater that’s unfortunately sold out, but I linked a similar option! Over the sweater, I put on a Barefoot Dreams cardigan that’s SO soft! To make the look dressier and sexier, I added leather over the knee boots but you could also wear the boots for Look #2. This pair is sold out, but I linked similar options!

Do you wear leggings? How do you like to style them? Please share in the comments below!

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  1. Thank you for your posts and page. I am over 40 and certainly don’t feel that way. I love your style and love working it into my own. Please keep up the inspiration!

    1. Love all the looks. I think I have a good sense of style but I always feel like I don’t look chic enough, any tips??

  2. Hi Erin! Great Looks! Who makes the brown boots you are wearing in the bonus look? I LOVE them and will stalk them until I find them! Thanks!

  3. I am glad to see you address leggings again after you deleted your video on YouTube. I could not believe some of the comments you got. They did not realize that not all leggings are created equal. I really enjoy your posts.

  4. I love the Boots you show in the bonous look of your latest legging video. What are the brand and style of that exact boot?

    I enjoy your youtube and content. Thank you!

  5. Hi Erin, Great post again, I Love wearing Leggings ! I have Everything in my Closet to create your looks. I’m glad that you are having a good time!