Ask a Local Style Expert: After Age 40, Are Bare Legs Appropriate?

With spring temperatures approaching, style consultant Nancy Pipal, of La Grange, addresses the bare legs vs. pantyhose debate.

Many women wonder if bare legs are something they can get away with at ages older than 40. If bare legs are OK, many seek a recommendation for a sunless tanning product for legs. , a La Grange resident and professional personal style consultant, addresses this topic, and more in her monthly Style File e-newsletter. According to Pipal's expertise:

Honestly? Your age does not matter! If your legs are shapely, toned, tanned and flawless, by all means, go ahead and bare those gorgeous gams! But make no mistake about it. For the office, pantyhose with skirts and dresses are a must. Even if I work in a “business casual” environment, you ask? Yes. Even then. But do not despair! Pantyhose have significantly improved over the past few years. Today, they are more comfortable, much lighter in look and feel, and dare I say it ... chic!

But please take note: No open toe shoes or sandals are allowed and your hosiery must be very sheer, very nude and very high quality. Personally, I love Donna Karan’s sheer to waist nude pantyhose. I wore them recently for a speaking engagement and everyone in the audience thought I had bare legs! Seriously. Now, wasn’t that fun to hear? And in answer to those who say pantyhose are old fashioned and aging? I say this ... do you really think spider veins are modern and youthful looking? 

As for a summer sunless tanner, try Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer. My clients have been telling me lately how pleased they are with the results! With its new faster acting formula, milder scent, and a very natural tan color? A big thumbs up. And, if you need to know how to camouflage unsightly veins, check out this article from More magazine.

Nancy Pipal March 30, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Hi Meredith, Sorry, I am not familiar enough with the spray tan treatments enough to comment on them. All I know is that they are certainly better than being in the sun!
Nancy Pipal March 30, 2011 at 02:29 PM
Hi Renee, Hold that thought! I will have the answer for you in the April column...please stay tuned!
Tina Tuszynski March 30, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Meredith, although I am not an expert on spray tans, I have had some experience with them. Typically they will last up to 5 to 7 days, with each day lightening up just a bit. The results are better with good skin preparation beforehand - exfoliate prior to getting sprayed. There are also different types of spray tans. I've gone to the one where you stand up in a booth and the machine sprays you. There are also more pricier ones where an attendant will airbrush-spray you, which I believe results in a better overall application. Not sure how long that one lasts, but it is pricier. If you check living social and groupon, you can often find deals. I have found that using a combination of the initial spray tan with regular applications of Jergens works best for me if I have an event. Hope this helps a bit.
Cathy Goodman March 30, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Nancy, great column and great comments! I agree that pantyhose and closed-toe shoes are best for a professional environment. To keep things fair, I don't think young men should wear shorts and sandals to work either. I'll admit to being more conservative in dress than most folks, though. In fact, I wouldn't have considered going out in public without pantyhose before age 40, or even before age 50. Now that I'm 51, I'm thinking, what the heck! But I still wear slacks or pantyhose when I meet with clients or I'm in a business environment. Old habits die hard.
Claudia Dooley April 06, 2011 at 03:24 AM
Nancy, I have a problem with my jeans fitting. They fit well every where but the waist. They give me the dreaded "muffin top". I know the best fix is loosing weight but until that happens what do I do? The next size up is baggy in the rear. Claudia


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