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57, a Lil Chunky, Leggings & tunics/long tops???
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Date: 10/16/13 1:45 AM

I yearn to go back to the 80's or the 90's or whenever it was that you could wear a big shirt, leggings and belt and be comfy and look ok.
But many many years later, and being a little "chunkier" than those earlier times, just wondering how a 57 year old could pull this off.
Or should I attempt?
Just thinking how comfy and warm the longer tops, leggings and the short boots were back in the day...
SO--what's everyone's opinion. Go for it or Back Away From the Leggings?

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Date: 10/16/13 1:56 AM

No vote from me, but was just at a huge holiday gathering, and people of all ages and shapes *are* wearing the longish top over leggings with short boots or even stilettos. It's here folks, good or bad, it's here.

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Date: 10/16/13 3:14 AM

Check out the offerings in the newest J Jill catalogue. Lotsa tights and big tops there--but no belts.

Judging from this, I'd say we are going to see this combo quite a bit this winter. If there's a J Jill anywhere near you, you can try things on and see if the outfit still looks good on you.

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Date: 10/16/13 8:28 AM

Another no vote. I see women of a "certain" age every day, and they are usually of the non-slim variety, in this look and all I can say is...well, it's not flattering. I'd much rather see them in slim jeans. And by "slim" I do NOT mean skin tight LOL!!!

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Date: 10/16/13 8:47 AM

I think it's funny back in the day it was leggings now they are called yoga pants lol. To me you have to be downright skinny to pull this look off.

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Date: 10/16/13 9:22 AM

I think this is an excellent look (can be dressed up or down).



I am around the same age as you. My problems with wearing leggings (and had this when I was younger and the same shape I am now):

-Feel like I'm walking around in my underwear
-Belted tunics are not a good look for me (full bust, not much of a waist), but without a belt feel like it looks like I'm pregnant
-Shoes have to be really nice because they are much more "out there" (and for me, who has size 11 feet and prefers comfort over heels, this is a real issue)
-For the leggings to stay up, they have to fairly snug, if not tight. I hate having something pinching me in the waist.
-No pockets

I see people wearing leggings with dresses, and it looks cute on them, but I think would look dumb on me.

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Date: 10/16/13 9:51 AM

Thanks for posting the question! I'm 55 and love the comfort of tunic & leggings. So far I've avoided wearing this when working (at the local high school theater dept., so I can get away with an artsier look), but what helps I think is that my tunics tend to be closer fitting to about the waist and then flare out a bit with an uneven hemline. I've worn these to family gatherings --with compliments-- and just out shopping.

Thanks for the reminder that shoes become more important & visible.

My clothes have to really earn their keep (small house with little space), how else can I wear the tunics? They don't work with jeans or with longer flowing skirts. I have one pair of skinny pants that they do pair well with, but that's almost like leggings. What about a pencil skirt? And does anyone have a solution to the pocket conundrum?

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Date: 10/16/13 11:01 AM

I'm 55 so I remember the look well. They were stirrup pants then which didn't fit as tight as leggings do now.

The way that I interpret the leggings/tunic look is with slim fitting (not tight) knit pants and a slimmish fitting tunic. I think the key to the pulling off the look is the length of the tunic. For me it's mid thigh.

Longish answer to a simple question but no I wouldn't wear leggings and a tunic.

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Date: 10/16/13 11:12 AM

I just have one question... For myself...

WHY was that look in style back in the early '90's when I had a cute young figure??? I'm a few years younger than you but for me, no, I don't want to go back there again. I regret having dressed like that the first time around.

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Date: 10/16/13 11:14 AM

I think the key to making this look flattering is finding the right proportion for you. Find the right tunic length for you that's elongating, somewhere between bottom of your hips and mid-thigh and don't do leggings, but slim pants instead. In a knit or woven, a slim pant is so much more flattering than leggings and can be equally comfortable. I love this look myself and I'm in my 40's - I, too, was there when it was popular the first time around.

I don't think actual leggings, skin-tight, super stretchy fit with long tops are all that flattering on anyone except maybe a tween or younger, but I know that's just me.

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