For an outfit that is stylish yet comfortable, one proven “formula” is a pair of black leggings paired with a longer top which gives some added coverage. With an elastic waistband that hides any post-holiday or pandemic weight gain, they are especially welcome right now. For a polished look, please don’t reach for your workout tights. Our twenty-something age daughters may look fabulous in theirs regardless of what they pair them with, but that is not the case with us BA50’s. We need thicker fabrics for added structure (and to hide any lumps and bumps!) along with more style details to elevate our look.
Ponte leggings, moto leggings and faux or real leather ones are all great choices. If you prefer wearing denim, consider a pair of black denim jeggings which offer a similar look. Tops should cover our assets but proportion is key – stay clear of super long or ultra baggy styles which will create unwanted bulk. Below are 5 fashionable outfit ideas which start with a great pair of leggings. As always, we should shop our closet first, so think about similar items you may already own if you would like to recreate any of these looks.
Hip and Bold – Faux Leather Leggings, an Oversized Animal Print Sweater and Black Croc Booties
An oversized black and white animal print sweater paired with the influencer-favorite Spanx faux leather leggings is a cool combination. Add the black croc booties to complete this hip look.
Dropped shoulders and an oversized, slouchy fit make this shimmery sweater in a cool animal print an eye-catching essential.
These best-selling faux-leather leggings are a must-have staple for your closet. Available in regular, petite and plus sizing. Runs small, order one size up for best fit.
I own these black croc leather boots from Marc Fisher and can attest to how comfortable and stylish they are. I wear them constantly. Will elevate any outfit.
Trendy and Transitional – Pastel Shacket with Moto Leggings and White Booties
Shackets are red-hot right now. This one in mint green will transition well into spring. Pair it with these highly-rated budget-friendly moto leggings. White booties, also on-trend and perfect for spring, complete the look.
This shacket from H&M allows you to rock the shacket trend without investing a lot of money.
Moto leggings have a hip vibe that will elevate any outfit. These budget-friendly ones from Target are comfy and stylish.
Clean, modern angles are the name of the game on this pointy-toe Chelsea boot that demonstrates poised, everyday sophistication. I own this boot in four colors and have this white pair on my wish list. Over 400 5 star ratings on Nordstrom’s site.
Sophisticated Neutrals – A Cashmere Tee, Long Cardigan, and Riding Boots
Neutrals always look chic. Great for travel and work Zoom calls, a cardigan elevates any outfit. The cashmere tee adds some texture and warmth and the black riding boots will make you look taller with their streamlined look.
Super soft and lightweight, this cashmere t-shirt from new retailer Quince is a wardrobe staple for layering all year round. Luxe and affordable.
Cuddle up in this shawl-collar cardi knit in a fine gauge from a soft yarn, with a versatile open front. I bought this during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and love it. Over 40% off right now.
Say hello to comfort and confident style with these go-to leggings from Spanx made from ultrasoft and stretchy ponte fabric in a footwear-flaunting length.
Riding Boots are back in style and these ones from Frye are highly rated and comfortable. On sale right now at Bloomingdales.
Perfect for Work Zoom Calls – A White Tunic, Black Jeggings, and Platform Loafers
A crisp white blouse will always look great on a Zoom call. This popover tunic has fabulous reviews and looks polished with black denim elastic waist jeggings. Platform loafers are comfortable and give you some added height – who doesn’t like that?
This high-low popover tunic from J.Crew Factory is a staple in any woman’s closet. Add a statement necklace to up the style factor.
Talbot’s pull-on jeggings maintain their shape even with all-day wear. Crafted from Sculpt Stretch fabric with flattering compression properties that contour every curve.
Signature Naturalizer cushioning adds everyday comfort to a platform loafer that’s a refined closet staple. Runs large, so order 1/2 size down. Lots of great reviews.
Stylish At Home Alternative to Sweats – Tie-Dye Tee, Open Front Jean Shirt and Sneakers
I love wearing a denim shirt open with a tee underneath. This tie-dye tunic is fresh with a shorter front, slimming slits at the sides and longer back. With structured ponte leggings and some fashionable sneakers it’s a fabulous stay-at-home or running errands outfit.
This tie-dye tunic tee in muted mauve is more understated than many tie-dye patterns. Great on its own or under a denim shirt or blazer.
Rock a casual-cool vibe in this soft chambray shirt. So versatile – wear it open, tied at the waist or tucked in.
These budget-friendly high waisted ponte pants from Old Navy have lots of great reviews and come in petite and plus sizing. Other colors also available.
Perforated branding, mixed media and a prescuffed sole detail this modern sneaker. I own these designer dupes and love them. Run 1/2 size big.