A portmanteau of leggings and jeans, “jeggings” is one of those words that cropped up around the same time blended celebrity names like Brangelina (Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt) or Bennifer (Jennifer Lopez and Ben Aflek) became a trend. But, what are the best jeggings for women over 40, and what is the most stylish way to wear them? Let’s take a look…

What are jeggings?

First, what exactly are jeggings? Well, they’ve been around since 2009, and are basically leggings that are designed to look like skinny jeans, but they’re stretchy and they pull on like leggings, which can make them a more comfortable option.

What to look out for when choosing the best jeggings for women

Quality, stretchy material

Choose a pair that isn’t too thin, and that has some stretch. This will make it easier to get into your jeggings, and ensure they retain their shape after washing

Kimba in jeggings worn with dress, coat and boots | 40plusstyle.com

Kimba @kimbalikes above wears a dress with her jeggings.

Check out this similar dress, coat, jeggings, boots and sunglasses.

Where they end on your ankle

Jeggings tend to be most flattering when they finish just above your ankle. Jeggings that are too short can “cut off” your legs in the wrong place, while those that are too long can bunch and make your legs look shorter than they are.

Do they flatter your belly?

If you look for high or mid-waisted pairs with some tummy control, these can help to streamline your figure.

Also take a look at this article on the best pants to hide a belly

Jona in jeggings paired with denim jacket, shirt and mules | 40plusstyle.com

Jona @the50plusgirl above opts for a classic combination of black jeggings, a white shirt and denim jacket with loafers.

Steal her look with similar shirt, denim jacket, jeggings, mules and bag.

Best jeggings to choose

Let’s look at some of the specific leggings you could choose. Keep reading for outfit ideas with tops and shoes you could wear with them.

wit & wisdom

A pair of dark wash jeggings is classic and flattering. The Wit & Wisdom jeggings (below) are well reviewed from women who say they are soft and good quality. One even described them as the “best jeans ever”.

Wit & Wisdom Jeggings | 40plusstyle.com

Wit & Wisdom Jeggings

1822 denim

You can dress a pair of black jeggings up or down. You could wear with booties and a sweater for the weekend, or you could team with a blazer and heels for work or dinner.

1822 Denim Long Butter Jeggings | 40plusstyle.com

1822 Denim Long Butter Jeggings


Lysse’s plus size jeggings have a classic straight leg style that will go with everything in your closet.

Lyssé Straight Leg Jeggings | 40plusstyle.com

Lyssé Straight Leg Jeggings

Amazon essentials

For an affordable, every day style, you could try the Amazon Essentials jeggings (below). They come in a huge range of colors so you could choose a different one for each day of the week. Reviewers say they are very comfortable, making them a good choice for travel or working from home.

Amazon Essentials Pull-On Knit Jeggings | 40plusstyle.com

Amazon Essentials Pull-On Knit Jeggings


Lee’s pull-on jeans (below) are designed to stretch, sculpt and hold. They’re well reviewed from women who say they give the look of a tummy tuck and butt lift.

Lee Sculpting Skinny Leg Pul-On Jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Lee Sculpting Skinny Leg Pul-On Jeans


With a hidden, sculpting waistband, the Democracy jeggings (below) are designed to hide a belly. They come in a good choice of blue shades, gray and black. Reviewers say they are the perfect jeans for curves.

Democracy Ab Solution Jeggings | 40plusstyle.com

Democracy Ab Solution Jeggings

Nine West

You can get the ideal ankle length for your legs with the Nine West jeggings (below) as they come in three different leg lengths. Reviewers say they hold their shape and look great. One said she has four pairs and wears them every day.

NINE WEST One Step Ready Pull-On Jeggings | 40plusstyle.com

NINE WEST One Step Ready Pull-On Jeggings


In a wide choice of colors, the Lildy jeggings (below) feature Spanx to help them retain their shape. One reviewer said she bought them in every color.

Lildy Jeggings | 40plusstyle.com

Lildy Jeggings


Yelete’s jeggings come in neutrals, bright shades, pastels and prints so you should find a pair to suit your style. Reviewers say they are super comfortable, and stretchy like leggings.

YELETE Basic Five Pocket Stretch Jeggings | 40plusstyle.com

YELETE Basic Five Pocket Stretch Jeggings


WallFlower’s jeggings are designed to hold their shape. They’re very well reviewed. Women who describe themselves as having curvy hips and a bit of a belly say these are very flattering.

WallFlower Juniors Instasoft Irresistible High-Rise Stretch Jegging Jeans | 40plusstyle.com

WallFlower Juniors Instasoft Irresistible High-Rise Stretch Jegging Jeans


If you’re looking for jeggings with a bit of tummy control, you could try the Nirlon jeans (below). Reviewers say they are stylish and comfy, and flatter “thick thighs”.

Nirlon Tummy Control Jean Leggings | 40plusstyle.com

Nirlon Tummy Control Jean Leggings

Roman originals

Depending on where you live, a capri length could be a good choice for warmer weather. Reviewers say they run large so you may want to size down.

Roman Originals Cropped Denim Jeggings | 40plusstyle.com

Roman Originals Cropped Denim Jeggings

The best jeggings for women - cropped jeggings worn with dress | 40plusstyle.com

Check out this dress (a plain option here) that you can wear with this similar pair of jeggings and shoes.

How to wear your jeggings

If you’ve chosen your favorite pair of jeggings, what should you wear them with?

Tops and tunics

Longer tops and tunics look very good with jeggings. However, since the fabric tends to be thicker, you can also wear shorter tops or tuck in your tops for a flattering look.

Tops | 40plusstyle.com

COS Oversized Poplin ShirtZENNILO TunicMisook Abstract Swirl Sparkle Knit Tunic TopStella Carakasi Lazy Days Sweater

The best jeggings for women - Alison in jeggings, shirt and pumps | 40plusstyle.com

Alison @wardrobe_oxygen above (read her style interview here) opts for a classic white shirt.

Recreate her outfit with this similar shirt, jeggings and pumps.

Jackets and coats

When choosing your coat to go with your jeggings, you could opt for a shorter jacket like a moto to wear over your longer top. Or, you could wear a poncho or shaket open to create long, lean lines. If you need extra warmth, you could opt for a classic wool coat and wear your jeggings with a sweater and boots.

Jackets and coats | 40plusstyle.com

AllSaints Neve Crackle Biker JacketSam Edelman Plaid Shirt JacketSam Edelman Belted Wool Blend CoatMissShorthair Wrap

Shoes and boots

You could wear your jeggings for casual days with sneakers or flat boots, or dress them up a little with heels.

Shoes and boots | 40plusstyle.com

Johnston & Murphy Evelyn Open Toe Sandal BootieSam Edelman Laguna Waterproof Lug Sole Chelsea BootFranco Sarto Meyer BootVionic Zanny Sneaker

The best jeggings for women - and how to wear them | 40plusstyle.com

Jas @thefashionstylefile above wears lace-up boots with her jeggings.

Steal her look with this similar striped top, coat, jeggings, boots and sunglasses.


Even if you are dressing casually, you can still add the right finishing touches to your jeggings outfit with your accessories.

Ted Baker London Chloe Leather Hobo BagCOACH Studio Glovetanned Leather Shoulder BagBurberry Horseferry Giant Check Fringe Trim Wool & Silk ScarfTory Burch Leather Teardrop Pendant NecklaceArgento Vivo Sterling Silver Medium Oval Hoop EarringsNordstrom Wool Felt Fedora

Jeggings outfits

See below for how you could put your leggings together as outfits, using the tops, jackets and shoes from above.

Jeggings capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

shop some of the best jeggings for women here:

Continue reading:

  1. How To Wear Leggings Over 40 – A Complete Guide With The Best Leggings And Tops And Shoes To Wear With Them
  2. The Best Pants And Skirts To Fit And Hide Your Belly
  3. 14 Sure-Fire Ways To Hide Your Belly With The Right Clothes

Do you have recommendations on the best jeggings for women that you’ve found? Let me know in the comments below

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Feature image by Jas @thefashionstylefile


Sylvia is 40+style’s editor-in-chief and has been helping women find their unique style since 2011. An alumni of the School of Color and Design, she is devoted to empowering women of any age to look and feel their best. Read more about Sylvia and 40+style on this page.

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