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Q. All the inspiration photos I can find show model thin girls in leggings. How can curvy girls make the most of the legging trend?

A. Believe it or not, this season’s legging style is more flattering than you think - and yes, even for curvy girls. The key is to treat them the same way you would an opaque tight or skinny jean, which is to layer them with longer length tops. At the very minimum, your top should cover your rear end and hit just below the widest part of your thigh.

Look for heavier weight leggings with a fair amount of stretch, rather than hosiery weight or lightweight leggings. Skip this season’s patterned, shredded or shiny leggings and stick with a more forgiving basic dark color. Add a pair of leg lengthening heels or boots (preferably in a similar color to the leggings for a monochromatic look) and you’re all set. Need some inspiration? Check out these looks below:

top row: knit legging, $39.50 at; Alfani Plus Size leggings, $34 at; Pink Rose Plus Size Snap-Cuff Legging, $22.50 at
bottom row: Textured slim leg pant, $32.70 at; knit legging, $39.50 at

Q. I am over 60 but wear a size 4 petite. I have purchased a pair of black leggings and have not worn them yet because there is nothing worse (in my opinion) than not dressing for your age. I have two long tunic blouses - one that I purchased a few years ago in Paris and love and another one that I purchased recently. I have always worn the first with pants but would love to change the look. My question is- am I too old to wear leggings? I paired the outfit with some flats and it looked cute, but I am thinking maybe for an evening out at a restaurant rather than a day outfit. I live in a college town and do not want to look ridiculous! Am I wrong?

A. There’s no doubt that leggings are a huge trend this season. On the runways we saw everything from basic black to shredded and studded styles paired with pumps and ankle booties. However, leggings do have a place in a more sophisticated and classic wardrobe.

Start with a basic pair of leggings in a substantial knit fabric (no thin hosiery leggings) and dark color - forego this season’s embellished or patterned styles. Wear them with a pretty tunic blouse or sweater paired with a gorgeous flat or knee high boot. Here are two sophisticated and age appropriate looks to wear day or night:

Q. I’ve been seeing a lot of tie-dye skinny jeans on my favorite clothing websites. At first, I thought it was kinda ridiculous, but I must admit that it’s growing on me. Should I splurge and buy into this trend, or is it something that only celebrities can really pull off successfully?

A. The news is that bleached and tie-dyed denim will be around for at least another season, having popped up on a few of the spring 2010 runways. So if you’re digging the look, go for it, and pair them with everything from boyfriend blazers to chunky knit sweaters. And, there’s no need to splurge with these options under $100:

Q. I’ve just purchased a sleevless black dress that has a wide belt which sits just below the waist. The dress is very fitted and comes to the knee. I have a pair of black stylish heels. If I do decide to wear hosiery would I wear nude, black or a color….I would appreciate your opinion.

A. The beauty of a black shift dress is that it’s a neutral canvas that works with a multitude of colorful accessories and legwear. Skip the nude hosiery this season and opt for black tights or one of this season’s bevy of colors, prints and patterns instead.

Q. I recently bought this boyfriend vest but I have no idea what to wear with it aside from jeans and a tank. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

A. You can absolutely wear it with jeans and a tank or a long sleeve shirt. Another option that is very in style right now is to wear your vest over a boyfriend shirt paired with leggings or skinny jeans/black pants and ankle boots or pumps. Here is a look below to inspire you:

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