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 @kimbalikes above wears a dress with her jeggings.
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 @the50plusgirl above opts for a classic combination of black jeggings, a white shirt and denim jacket with loafers.
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”.
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.
Lysse’s plus size jeggings have a classic straight leg style that will go with everything in your closet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Shoes and boots
You could wear your jeggings for casual days with sneakers or flat boots, or dress them up a little with heels.
Jas @thefashionstylefile above wears lace-up boots with her jeggings.
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 Bag – COACH Studio Glovetanned Leather Shoulder Bag – Burberry Horseferry Giant Check Fringe Trim Wool & Silk Scarf – Tory Burch Leather Teardrop Pendant Necklace – Argento Vivo Sterling Silver Medium Oval Hoop Earrings – Nordstrom Wool Felt Fedora
See below for how you could put your leggings together as outfits, using the tops, jackets and shoes from above.
shop some of the best jeggings for women here:
- How To Wear Leggings Over 40 – A Complete Guide With The Best Leggings And Tops And Shoes To Wear With Them
- The Best Pants And Skirts To Fit And Hide Your Belly
- 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
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