With the right styling, leggings can be an all-ages trend

Style guide

QMy teenage daughter and her friends have been wearing leggings since last fall -- with tiny skirts, with baggy sweaters, even under short dresses. I used to think leggings were not a good look for this short, slightly overweight, middle-age mom, but now I'm not so sure. Can I wear leggings and still look age-appropriate?

ASure you can -- with a few adjustments for your size, shape and age.

First, choose leggings in a dark, solid color, which will make your legs look less chunky. Bright, patterned leggings are best left to skinny, supermodel legs.

Next, add shoes or boots, ideally with a 2- to 3-inch heel, in the same dark shade as the leggings -- another trick for making legs appear a little longer and slimmer.

Finally, and most importantly, team your leggings with a long, loose, tunic-style top to cover your hips, thighs and derriere.

Thus attired, you'll rock, Mama.