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How to choose the right leggings?

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Stylish and Comfortable: How to Choose and Wear Leggings Over 40

Leggings are a versatile addition to any wardrobe, offering comfort and style. Whether you're in your 40s, 50s, or beyond, picking the right pair of leggings can be a game-changer for your daily outfits. In this guide, we'll explore the world of leggings and discover the perfect pair to suit your needs, including our high-waisted leggings from Malaika New York. We'll also discuss why black organic cotton leggings are an excellent choice and what to wear with them, especially when pairing them with black shift dresses for a cool look.

What Are Leggings?

Before delving into the world of leggings, let's clarify what they are. Leggings are thicker than tights, providing warmth and good coverage for your legs. These stretchy, skin-tight bottoms typically end at your mid-calf or ankle and don't require any fastenings. Leggings can serve various purposes, from workouts to a night out. So, how do you make them look stylish, especially if you're over 40?

How to Wear Leggings?

So You Look Stylish: Leggings can be your go-to transitional piece, ideal for spring, summer, and winter. You can wear them beneath dresses or tunics, extending the life of your summer dresses into cooler weather. For winter, pair your leggings with cozy sweaters and waterfall cardigans. However, it's important not to wear leggings like regular trousers, unless they are made from a thick material or coated like our organic cotton or faux leather leggings – this rule applies at any age, but particularly when you're over 40. Leggings are best worn as a supportive element to complement your outfit.

A woman wearing faux leather leggings by Malaika New York


What Are the Best Leggings to Buy?

To ensure you get the best out of your leggings, look for a pair with a thick, stretchy fabric that sculpts your legs while providing comfort. It's worth investing in quality leggings. For an edgier look, faux leather leggings can be softened with a boxy Hexagon t-shirt.

How to Wear Leggings:

What to consider when choosing your leggings when selecting leggings, consider their length, fabric, and color. Legging lengths vary, from just below the knees to full-length. Choose the length that best complements your footwear, whether it's booties or summer sandals. For a flattering look, opt for leggings that hit your legs at their slimmest point.What to Wear With Leggings?

Leggings pair beautifully with longer tops and tunics. Even short dresses can be styled with leggings for a chic look. If you own a shorter dress that's been gathering dust, try it with leggings before considering donating it. Remember that leggings work best as a base for your other clothes.

The best tops to wear with leggings

Leggings look their best with longer tops, but don't forget to maintain structure in your outfit. Tunics and longer asymmetrical tops can create flattering vertical lines and add style to your look.

How to wear leggings with a long t-shirt?

With a long shirt covering your bottom and thighs, you can experiment with edgier leggings, such as faux leather or coated styles. Consider pairing your black shift dresses with our organic cotton leggings for a fantastic fall and winter ensemble.

What fabric to choose for your leggings?

When it comes to selecting the perfect fabric for your leggings, the choices are as diverse as your style preferences. While leggings often feature a blend of lycra and cotton, you have the freedom to explore a wide range of materials, each offering a distinct look and feel. 

Black leggings are undeniably a timeless classic, providing versatility to your wardrobe. They serve as a staple that complements a variety of outfits, making them a reliable go-to choice. However, it's worth noting that leggings don't stop at black – you can venture into other shades like beige, especially during the warmer months of summer and spring. Beige exudes a fresh and light vibe that perfectly aligns with the season's aesthetics.

At Malaika New York, we take fabric selection seriously, especially when crafting our organic cotton leggings. We understand that leggings should not only accentuate your beautiful legs but also withstand the test of time. That's why we've chosen a thicker cotton fabric to ensure the leggings maintain their shape and resilience. With this thicker material, you can trust that your leggings will stay in place without sagging or stretching out of shape, even with regular wear.

Our organic cotton leggings are designed to be both flattering and long-lasting. The choice of fabric is a crucial element in achieving this balance, as it contributes to the overall comfort and appearance of the leggings. We've focused on crafting leggings that offer a snug fit without compromising on durability, allowing you to wear them with confidence.

Whether you're embracing the classic black or experimenting with lighter tones like beige, the fabric of your leggings plays a pivotal role in your overall style and comfort. By choosing leggings with the right fabric, you can ensure that your outfit not only looks fantastic but also stands the test of time. With our organic cotton leggings, you get the best of both worlds – a comfortable, flattering fit in a fabric that maintains its integrity, so you can stride through your day with grace and poise.


Leggings are a versatile, stylish addition to any wardrobe, and with the right choices, you can look fabulous over 40. Opt for quality leggings that suit your body shape and style, and remember to pair them with longer tops or tunics. Don't be afraid to experiment and have fun with your leggings, creating outfits that make you feel comfortable and confident. With Malaika New York's high-waisted leggings, you'll have both comfort and style, and you can confidently pair them with your favorite black shift dresses for a chic and sophisticated look all year round.

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