Leggings 3 (With a Too Short Hemline)

Leggings for the 50's. 60's. & 70's

Leggings for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: With a Too Short Hemline

Quote of the day: “Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it’s how people dress in their days off that is the most intriguing.” Alexander Wang

Coming up with the outfits for this post was the hardest.  I wanted to say “here’s a great way to actually wear a skirt/dress that you think is too short otherwise”.  It sounded so good in my head, but in reality the 3 of us tried on at least 25 different combinations in order to post this!  I’d say this concept does work best when the skirt/leggings/footwear are basically all the same color so your body doesn’t look as disproportionate.  Needless to say, we had to work within the selection of what clothes we already had—thus, here is the result.  P.S. I even thought about abandoning this topic—ahhh…but that would be admitting defeat and who likes that?  The other posts in this series are Leggings with a Tunic (here) and Leggings with a Long Cardigan (here).

Leggings for the 50's. 60's. & 70's  Leggings for the 50's. 60's. & 70's

50’s Outfit: The last time I wore this dress without leggings, I felt extremely uncomfortable with how much leg was showing when sitting (and my legs are short!).  I think it has to do with the fact that shirt dresses have that slit in the front.  Thus the leggings are my lifesaver!

Leggings: (similar here)~~Dress: Trina Turk (similar here or here or here)~~Belt: (similar here)~~Boots: Payless (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)

Leggings for the 50's. 60's. & 70's Leggings for the 50's. 60's. & 70's

60’s Outfit:  This fabulous skirt is made by my cousin’s company, Oh My Bag Designs, in Boulder, Colorado. Nancy, mom and I all have a different patterned skirt that is very sassy!

Leggings: Cold Water Creek (similar here)~~Skirt: Oh my bag (similar here)~~Shirt: Pantology (similar here)~~Cardigan: J.Jill (similar here)~~Boots: Kelly & Katie (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Leggings for the 50's. 60's. & 70's Leggings for the 50's. 60's. & 70's

70’s Outfit: This was the hardest outfit to put together since mom only has dark grey leggings and no casual footwear that is the same color (shocking, I know).   We finally settled on the long scarf trick to keep the line vertical.

Leggings: Apt. 9 (similar here)~~Dress: Mom made it (similar here)~~Shoes: Mootsie Tootsie (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Belt: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Thanks for visiting my styling blog!  Do you keep/still wear something that’s a little short? 

Some photography by Kari Strand Photography

Here’s what I turned up in my search for appropriate leggings for us older age groups:

  • jeanann

    Jodie this post makes me want to buy a short skirt to wear with my leggings! Your cousins skirts are too cute. I will then need help picking a top from my closet 🙂

  • I love these looks! I have several “too short” dresses that would look great with leggings and boots. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thanks Lori…I know some would say to get rid of anything that doesn’t fit—but hey, this works, right?

  • great style! loving this post!


  • this is the cutest post ever! you ladies are all so daring and cute! great looks!

  • Jeannette

    OMG! I love this post! I totally agree with you, wearing leggings or dark tights is the perfect solution for wearing dresses or skirts that we find too short. The fact that I live in Orlando, FL doesn’t allow me to wear leggings during the summer as it gets super hot in here:-( That is why I end up wearing more capris or longer dresses for work during that time of the year. Love your shirt dress very much and the way you styled it. The three of you look amazing!! Have a wonderful Sunday! XOXO, Jeannette


    • Thanks Jeannette!! I usually say get rid of things, but sometimes I want to save them!!

  • Congrats on persevering, some days that is not easy… I agree with your take on the slit in shirt dresses making leggings a good option. I also agree that keeping the shoes the same color helps too. Love your dress and that skirt, is such fun.. great trick with the scarf, I love making vertical lines for my curvy petite figure…

  • Okay, I’m totally borrowing that dress of yours the next time I’m in Denver…and that Sassy skirt…LOVE IT!!

    • You got it!!! We’ll just be swapping clothes left & right!!