December 16, 2009 at 2:10 pm in Fashion & Beauty by FIFI
Help! Need thick (not shiny spandex), thigh firming leggings for over 50 legs. (Don’t worry….will only wear with tunics and boots!)
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Dawna said on December 8, 2009
H Linda, I have the same question. I just bought these really cute boots and I have yet to wear them as I do not have any leggings that will work. I do not want the shiney kind either. If they are that hard to find maybe at 51 I should not even be considering this, what to you think.
raly said on December 8, 2009
Hi, I just recently solved this dilemma! I, too, bought boots that require leggings and I am not going to run around in a pair of tights! I found the perfect thickness at Nordstrom. They are actually made to be worn with boots (and tunics!) they work very well because they have a stirrup feature. I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing these leggings with anything except boots! Kenneth Cole has the perfect pair of leggings at Nordstrom, too. Neither pair are shiny, they look like structured tights and they are both very comfortable, not too thick so I am not sweating while wearing them (I live in So. Cal. the weather rarely justifys leggings and boots.) There is no sheen or shine, the texture is smooth and comfortable. They are both light weight. I am sure if they are at Nordstrom, you can also find them at Macys.
sunflower1912 said on December 10, 2009
I’ve also been thinking of revisiting leggings 😉 …they sound perfect
nyjeri said on December 19, 2009
Ditto, have bought 2 pair recently and now looking for a nice tunic.
sunflower1912 said on December 20, 2009
Hey NY….Did you get thick ones?……..You shoveling today? I’m down the jersey shore – 22 inches!! 3 hours of shoveling – damn I hate snow!!!!
email@example.com said on December 29, 2009
Sounds familiar, kgreenwo. Let it NOT snow, let it NOT snow, let it NOT snow… in Minnesnowta anymore!
Thanks for the tip on the leggings at Nordstroms/Macy’s, raly.
sunflower1912 said on December 29, 2009
Oh yeah! I’m doing the no snow dance. 😉
damselfly09 said on December 14, 2009
I’m 5’7″ and find that even though I buy the leggings for my height, they end up somewhere between my knees and my crotch. I have tried many different brands from many different stores and I hate to think I need to buy a “tall” size because I don’t want them sagging at the knee after I’ve worn them for an hour. The stirrup idea sounds interesting to me but I have questions. When I was a teenager and the stirrup pants were in style, they did not conform to the leg between the ankle and the knee. They just kind of stretched straight up the leg. Leggings should conform to the shape of the leg. I am a huge fan of the cute little ankle boots and just purchased a pair of brown suede ones with a zipper on the inside. Do these stirrups come very far up the ankle so as to show with a ankle boot? These boots are not tight fitting around the ankle and if the stirrup came up too high, it would show. I have seen stirrup pants with a very little stirrup and ones with just the opposite. Also, maybe you can tell me a brand of leggings that are very soft and stretchy. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis with plastic knuckles in both hands which makes them very weak. Pulling up tights or hosiery is a real problem. If you know of a particular brand that is easy to get on, I’d appreciate if you would share that with me. You seem to know your leggings. Thanks for the info so far, it’s been very helpful!
terryrosa said on December 16, 2009
I am 5’8″ and my daughter is 5’7″ BUT we are all legs!! so.. yes we both buy the Tall size and seem to have no trouble with them staying up. If we try the regular size, they will not fit.
I hear you both. I’m 5’7″ – and have finally admitted to it.
raly said on December 20, 2009
The stirrup feature actually covers the heel of your foot. They have great stretch and the stirrup is a wide. Not the skinny straps that leave a gap of skin showing between the angle and foot. I have only seen this heel cover stirrup at Nordstrom and they run about $28.00 for a pair. They have been durable and very useful for me because they are not that thick, I don’t “overheat.” As I indicated, I live in Southern California and there are probably 5 days each year that justify thick, warm leggings!
susan swartz said on December 14, 2009
I am definitely taking these ideas shopping. A friend just back from Paris said all the women.. including vintage ones…had tights and boots. But what are we wearing on top? Tunic??
Olga said on December 15, 2009
Definitely tunic! It doesn’t have to be a flowing tunic, but definitely around mid-thigh. Chico’s website and recent catalogs his some nice looks.
Susan WR said on December 17, 2009
Love Chico’s! They’ll make you look good no matter what!
cindyl said on December 15, 2009
I needed a pair QUICK…I was at a conference and it got hella cold overnight. I found a pair for only $5 at WalMart….not shiny spandex, more of a tee-shirt knit kind with a small amount of spandex for stretch. I wore them under jeans, they weren’t tooooo bulky. Kept me warm, at least! And who could beat that price????
laurie fiore said on December 20, 2009
are they offer just in Petites?
mary brink said on December 8, 2009
I’ too would like some info. please. I’m only 55 but very active and I could use some help because I would love to wear shorts this summer.
Olga said on December 8, 2009
Mary, I live in FL and wear shorts year round. I’ve found knee length shorts to be the most flattering and versatile. You can dress ’em up, or dress ’em down. Especially the city shorts, which come in more dressy fabrics.
dlganon said on May 1, 2014
I have a hard time finding straight knee length shorts. I found a couple of pair at Dillard’s several years ago. I like pockets,and a little stretch in the fabric, comfy but not obvious. Definitely don’t want elastic waist. Where do you find them in Florida? Any online sources?
Have you checked out ‘jeggings’ ? These are jeans inspired leggings. I recently bought a pair in blue and one in black at NY and Company. Less than $30. They’re a little thicker than regular tights/leggings and have some of the jeans type stitching;however, they are strech and fit just like leggings. Reminded me of ski pants. I found them to be the best thickness. I too did not want a tights type of sheerness. I will tell you, though, they are not the spanx type of tight, if you’re looking for something that actually holds you in. They are thick enough, though, that cellulite doesn’t show thru. lol
FIFI said on December 9, 2009
Thank you, thank you, thank you ladies for the info. so far!!! I am going to check out Nordstrom online…Lived in No. Cal for 20 years right near a Nordstrom’s. None near Toledo OH!
I like the idea of the “jeggings”, too. I will google to see who has them around here so I can go try some on!
The Glam Gals said on December 14, 2009
I was just at Zara and they had some fun “jeggings” that look like riding pants in all colors. Great price too.
terribelford said on December 14, 2009
At 55, I don’t want to look like I am trying to be 30 but the typical NYDJ brands feel matronly. Even if you have a great body, who wants to look 30 from the back and then turn around and have a 60 year old face? I found some great fitting “skinny jeans” at Ann Taylor Loft that look great with boots. I may eat my words at some point but I think over 50, the leggings belong at Jazzercize. (and I don’t just mean larger women, I am a size 2.)
I love Ann Taylor Loft. The best fitting slacks for my shape.
Marikraut said on December 16, 2009
I have to say I have some boot cut NYDJ and I love them and I also have a pair of black corduroys too and love those as well. As for the leggings…it seems to me that if you wore them once (back in the 80s) you shouldn’t wear them again. Not that that is a hard, fast rule but I just would feel too old (at 55) to wear them comfortably. I like your idea for great fitting sinny jeans at Ann Taylor Loft…I love that place and have had good luck there also.
Fran Young said on December 14, 2009
Hi – I’m living for the winter in Germany and these women in all of Europe really have style. Leggins and tights are seen everywhere, worn by women of all age and size.
For leggings I suggest Spanx, and they are wonderful. They have a style that can be worn over and under one’s heel, with or without boots, of course. Lots of colors and for every size.
I was pleased to find great fitting tights, nice and warm and thickish, on a recent trip to Atlanta at Bloomingdale’s. Here’s the information from the package: Made in the USA, distributed by Kayser-Roth Corp., PO Box 26535, Greensboro, NC 27415-6535, phone number=1-800-575-3497. They cost 2 packages for $20, HUE Opaque Tights, white band packaging, and sizes from 4’11” to 6′, weight 100 lbs to 300 lbs.
I’ve never in my entire life found tights that didn’t ride down in the crotch, or were so tight that they didn’t constrain my ‘stout’ calves and thighs. But these are wonderful and come in 5 distinct sizes, many colors. You could call the toll-free number to ask where they are sold in your area.
kathleen2781 said on December 15, 2009
I found HUE brand on bare necessities.com !! They seem to have a great selection!
WindRider said on December 14, 2009
Hey There! I am 54, live in Colorado and wear leggings all the time, and the skinny jeans with boots. Leggings look great with a mini skirt or a tunic. I found a pair at Walmart, one at Marshalls and also a pair at Macys. I feel like at our age we can do what we want. I personally don’t like the matronly look and love the newer styles. My daughters and boyfriend tell me they look great. But, as long as you like the look, who cares about other people. Live a little! Paris Blues makes a great pair of skinny jeans and they are affordable. Have fun out there.
Spirit seeker said on December 15, 2009
My favorite thing is to layer up with leggings in the winter, by wearing them over thick cotton (with a smidge of lycra) tights, usually the Maggie brand. The leggings I’m wearing right now are a soft stretchy micro fleece by Columbia, so they’re flattering for me & warm too! So far they haven’t stretched out of shape – but I haven’t had them long – so I’ll see how it goes.
Living in an old stone house, with a woodstove means I need to layer up both inside & out! If it’s a really cold day I throw a pair of decent sweats on top of the other two layers, when I’m heading out to walk the dog and it works well for me!
enjoying new life said on December 15, 2009
i agree, unless you are wearing something that comes down to just above your knees, like a skirt of very long tunic, skinny jeans is the best beat. I am 48 years old, have a degree in fashion design and wear a size 4. But think even thick leggings belong to the younger crowd. that being said, I love my skinny jeans however (make sure you have the body to pull it off). they look fabulous with a tunic, long sweater and boots, dress them up with fancier boots or down with ugh style. when i am trying to go for a sexier look (like when I went clubbing (I am divorced) wear a tighter sweater (although if you are like me and have teenagers cover up that tight sweater with a blazer till you get to the club LOL!!!)
firstnonna said on December 18, 2009
Does that mean that someone a size 14 can’t wear leggings?
dianeperazzo said on December 15, 2009
I have been wearing leggings with boots this fall and loving them! For those of you who are handy with a sewing maching, Spider Lily Clothing at Etsy.com has a nice downloadable leggings pattern: https://www.etsy.com/listing/34651241/similar?ref=error_page_redirect
mischeviousloki said on December 15, 2009
I am well over 50 and still think stocking or nylons which ever you want to call them are very sexy on a woman, gives the men just a hint of leg …tights still are for kids…sorry but some fashions are not meant to be for everyone. Think I would rather be seen as classy than “in fashion”.
mm10 said on December 15, 2009
It’s great to see that there are many others that feel the same about leggings as I do. I want a pair. I have been wearing straight jeans with my boots, but some things would just look better with leggings. I appreciate all of the info on the shopping in the U.S., but does anyone know where I can get them in Canada? I’m with all of you, I don’t want shiny or spandex.
P.S. I live in Calgary, Alberta but I could access any Canadian store on line.
Julieart said on December 15, 2009
This is so fun to hear all of you talking about leggings this way, I am 58 and have worn them forever, I have worn them since GAP had them for 7.00 dollars. Since there cheap to make the prices today are ridiculously crazy..
I buy here and there to experience the difference and find Dance stores have nice ones for a good price. Banana Republic makes a feel good one and well as HUE. I bought some a dark herringbone pattern for fun but OMG the fit was “no way possible” they stopped moving on up the leg at the knee they were from ONLY HEARTS NYC I was greatly disappointed. and out a few dollars.
But these pants are so versatile from wearing them under pants when it hits 11 degrees out to a exercise pant, to working outside, then lounging around painting or curling up to watch you favorite show like BONES. Dress up is fun and easy, going to the hardware store is a no brainer.
Yes there are a few ladies out there who gosh darn should not wear them public or privately that’s for sure, gads somebody should tell them. But all is not is lost the easier fit ones like Yoga pants are more suitable to there bodies liking and to our family and friends eyes. : )
nellie said on December 16, 2009
I hope you are all kidding about wearing leggings! Who are we trying to fool? I’m 57 and in great shape. I would never wear leggings because in my opinion it makes someone in their 50s look even more old or trying to look younger than what you are. Same reason why pigtails don’t fly!
Julieart said on December 16, 2009
I am sorry you feel you have to write a negative response to somebody you don’t even know or see how they look.. If I looked foolish in something I would not leave the house I am not stupid nor is anyone else who looks at them self honestly. Here it’s freezing and leggings are as close to ski pants as anything, one wears them with heavy sweaters and Uggs boots or other type boots. It’s what people of all ages wear here.
You have one thing right and that it’s just your opinion and I am sorry you feel so old in thought, or perhaps you surround yourself with people who have no good fashion sense. Leggings can be worn with complete confidence and taste it just depends if you have any..
dianeperazzo said on December 17, 2009
I agree with you Julieart, however, I can see where Nellie is coming from. I am 52 and love leggings.. I also wear pigtails (see my pic) and have been complinmented many times on them. I love youthful clothes. . . but I do worry that when I wear certain things I end up actually looking older and rather silly. Fundamentally however, I think that as long as you feel good you should wear what ever you want!! Nellie, as the old saying goes, “never say never”. . .
nellie said on December 17, 2009
Hi Julieart, I’m sure you look great. And, if you can pull it off, coodles to you! I’ve always been very fashion savvy, that’s probably why I feel that there is clothing appropriate to every age, and then depends on body type. I happen to live in Wisconsin, where at the moment it is -1. Judging from the negative tone of your comments, I’ve offended you, which was not my intention. So, if anything I’ve said offended anyone I truly apologize. It is great to have a forum where women can express their opinions and hear what other women have to say!
To diane perazzo – on my “never say never” remark. I would say that people who say “I wouldn’t be caught dead…” are really sayng never! And, I agree, if you feel good – go for it. Don’t worry about what other people think, after all it is only their opinion, which everyone is entitled to!
Have a Merry Christmas, wear those leggings and enjoy!
Judithann said on December 16, 2009
I can relate to your post. Just the other day, my 56 yr. old sister wanted my opinion on two outfits she’d bought for a trip to NYC. As she and I are both about a sz. 2, they did look nice (on her, anyway), and she had longer sweaters or tunics with them and high boots. I just wasn’t sure if I should have told her to keep the outfits and wear them to New York. But now I do feel that she looks great in them and should wear them. However, my teenage grandchildren thought that “Aunty was too old for them”. (What do they know?). I wish I had the nerve to wear them also, but as I’m 7 yrs. older than her and in light of the comments from my peanut gallery, I don’t know. Also, I can’t wear boots with heels, ’cause of a problem. What do you think?
KAH said on December 16, 2009
I am 57 and wear leggings with “some” tunics. I have a good figure as well. You still have to dress age appropriately. Some tops or tunics will work but others are too youthful! Try everything on an go with what “looks good”! Have fun but above all be aware of your age!
lila said on December 16, 2009
I am sooo tired of this “be aware of your age” who makes up all these stupid rules anyways? If you like wearing something then go for it. Just remember if it scares the neighbours or your dog, take it off.lol
Olga said on December 17, 2009
I’m not so sure it’s about stupid rules, as it is about looking your best at any age. Teenage fashion on a 55 year old scares even the dog. lol.
lila said on December 17, 2009
Olga, do you think we put too much emphasis on how you have to fit the mold, that it is the cause of so much harm to the younger vulnerable girls?
Olga said on December 19, 2009
I don’t believe in fitting the mold as in having to have the latest or looking like a certain person. But I do believe that one should try to look their best at any age. There is a difference between comfortable and slovenly.
My personal belief is that our appearance is a reflection of how we feel about ourselves. I think that someone who doesn’t care what they look like, doesn’t care much about themselves. So, what we should help little girls do is to have good self esteem. The looks will take care of themselves.
Circe said on December 23, 2009
All a woman needs is a full length mirror to judge what “looks good” and a 360 degree spin in slow motion.
bearladydi said on January 14, 2010
So true, i was given a full lenght mirror a few months ago and love it
Julieart said on December 17, 2009
This question has brought out the self pronounced old fogies declaring leggings are for a certain age, when did they put a age restriction on leggings, MG !! there just leggings ladies. There are so many other clothing no no’s for pete’s sake like mommy jeans with elastic waist bands, tank tops on bodies whose naval has not been scene the light of day in years …really !!
FIFI said on December 18, 2009
Thanks to all for the helpful responses; in both courts! It’s great to have online “sisters” who will tell you what they think; even if it’s not what you want to hear! LMD
amyweisberg said on December 19, 2009
I love wearing leggings and have long legs. The best I have found are through Victoria Secret catelogue. They are often 2 for $50 and come in all lengths and many colors. They are thick and last a long time.
I find that Calvin Klein makes the best hosiery for my 50+ legs. I would stay with black footless leggings if you’re short (I am 5’1). They’re dark without the shine.
TriciaC said on February 10, 2013
I wear leggings and I’m 62, regular weight and 5’6″ tall. I dress very classy and concervatively. It’s all a matter of what you wear with them and how you carry yourself. Wear your hair in a trendy yet classy style and enjoy yourself. Careful with your make up that it’s also classy and trendy for our age. I have many grandchildren and I haven’t embarrassed any of them yet. Enjoy Ladies ! 🙂
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