3 Ways to Wear Faux Leather Pants Over 40

Hello, friends! Happy December 1st! I’m so excited be teaming up with not one, but two stylish ladies today! Deborah from Fabulous After 40 is joining Cyndi and me today to show you three ways to wear faux leather pants for women over 40.


I’ve been wanting to try faux leather pants for a while, but I wasn’t sure I could pull it off. Like most trends, the more I see it, the more I like it, and I finally decided to bite the bullet and order a pair. I actually ordered three pairs — two were actually leggings, but these are faux leather pants with a button and zipper and back pockets. They basically look like jeans.


I tried them on with a few of my sweaters, but then I remembered this striped poncho from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last summer. I love the look of a bold patterned poncho over a monochromatic outfit, so I was thrilled when I tried this on and it all came together.


Underneath, I’m wearing a long-sleeve black v-neck top similar to this one. It’s super old, but I like it because it’s dressier than a tee. I often wear it as a layering piece under more fitted jackets in the wintertime, but it works well with this poncho too.


I’ve had these leather booties for a while. They came from Trunk Club, and their the Halogen brand. I’ve been impressed with this brand of shoes. I also have their OTK boots that I styled in this post. Both pairs of boots look high quality and are very comfortable.


I could totally wear this outfit with black jeans, but the faux leather pants definitely dial it up a notch. They’ll be super fun for holiday parties and date nights this winter.


This tiger’s eye choker is sold out, unfortunately. I love how the gold pulls the gold from the poncho. I didn’t even notice that when I put it on — I just liked how the black cord played off all the black in the outfit. It was when I was editing pictures that I realized how perfect it is. Nordstrom has lots of chokers right now, in fact, everyone does!


Funny story…We often shoot in the mornings when there aren’t many people around, but this time it happened to be 4pm on the eve of a holiday weekend (last Wednesday) and there were tons of people on the street, to say nothing of cars going by. I definitely was making a bit of a spectacle. I just try to act normal and go about my business, but I will be the first to admit that it’s super awkward.

Usually people don’t say much, but for some reason, everyone who passed seemed particularly friendly that night. One woman commented that I looked cute and someone else offered a smile of encouragement… or maybe they were laughing at me, I’m not entirely sure which, but I’m going to assume it was encouragement.

At one point, a really nice-looking younger guy walked by. I backed up apologized for being in his way, and he chuckled and said, “No problem. I’ve been there.”

I thought it was an odd thing to say, but I figured he was probably a photographer. He went on his way, and we went on with our shoot.


When we were done and walking back to the car, he came up to us and started asking about what we were doing and who I work for. I briefly explained the blog, and then told us he works with an agency. Evidently that’s what he meant about being in my shoes. I had assumed he was on the other side of the camera, but then I realized how good-looking he was — definitely model material — and it all made sense.

Anyway, it was just funny. In a way, it’s nice to talk about what I’m doing instead of smiling and nodding and assuming people think I’m a narcissist or a mental case or a little of both. Ha!

So I finished the look with my black moto hobo. I felt like the edgy style suited this outfit, and I wanted to carry a black bag so it blends in with the rest of the outfit and the striped poncho is the hero piece.


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Fringe Striped Poncho (40% off!) // Faux Leather Jeans // leather booties // moto hobo (40% off!) // choker options // similar modal top

Be sure to visit Cyndi and Deborah to see how they’re styling their leather pants! I can’t wait to see their looks.

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31 thoughts on “3 Ways to Wear Faux Leather Pants Over 40

  1. OMGGG!!! OK So a few weeks back I had a pair on in Macys!! Brought them to the check out asked the girl if these were age appropraite for me, she kind of looked at me, I also had a pair of black legging with leather patches on the legs, she talked me into the black legging with patches!1 Now I totally need to go back and get those leather ones!! Love this outfit!!!!! Very edgy!!!

  2. You look FABULOUS! I love the entire outfit. I have the poncho. Now, I just need the faux leather leggings. I love your style and your blog!!!!! Keep up the great work!!!!

  3. You make them look sexy AND classy (like so many of your posts). I’ve not had the guts to wear these pants, but now I’m reconsidering. Thanks for helping me realize that being over 40 doesn’t mean I can’t be modern and fashionable! Shout out to Cyndi Spivey too. Love you both! Glad you’re collaborating. 🙂

  4. Hi Jo Lynne! This is the first time I’ve been to your blog, coming over from Cyndi’s blog. I love your look here and loved your story about feeling awkward while getting photographed in public. My husband and I do the same where we try to go early in the morning so not many are around but this week I had to do it in the middle of the day with cars going by and I thought people must think I’m mad! Anyway, I really loved how you took that stranger’s smile to be encouragement rather than them laughing at you. It’s all about perspective isn’t it? I always have to remind my teen daughter that often. I really enjoyed this post!

    1. Hi Julia! Thanks for visiting! You really do have to put your game face on before going out for fashion photos. 🙂 I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it, but I try to own it. Ha!

  5. You look amazing. I really don’t think there is such a thing as ‘age inappropriate’ except maybe for showing too much skin that is beyond it’s best… although I happen to think too much skin in certain places is inappropriate at any age, LOL. I think as long as you feel confident in it, you can pull it off! Even if someone were 70, I think if I they had the confidence and some ‘sass’ they could carry off this look!

  6. What do you think about pants verses leggings in faux leather? Also are they comfortable? Could they be worn with black or colored flats?

    1. Hey Janet! I like the pants better than leggings b/c they’re more versatile. I can wear a shorter top, etc. And definitely would be cute with flats or pumps. Again, I find pants easier to wear with flats than leggings. Another option is the coated denim. They look like leather and are more comfortable.

  7. Love your outfit! I love faux leather. In fact, I have 3 pairs of faux leather leggings that I have purchased in the last 3 years. Glad they are still in style!
    I have the same poncho that I have only worn with jeans ( still is warm here in Texas) but I am going to pair the leggings with it next. There is no age limit on style. Wear what looks good on you. We only live once! 65 and still kicking!

  8. I really like it! Quick question, I bought the coated black jeans/leggings from Loft you recommended quite awhile back. Can those be worn in place of the faux leather pants? Thanks!

  9. What a great post Jo-Lynne! You look fabulous and I love you sharing about the people watchers. I bet a lot of them were saying, “I recognize her. She’s a model I’ve seen before!” Getting over the self conscious aspect is a challenge for most of us, even when we’re taking selfies at home, without an audience.

    I can’t wait to see pics of the newly installed carpet!

  10. I like how your outfit is sexy and edgy without tipping the wrong way. The black booties give you a long, leggy look.
    That must feel awkward modelling outfits on the street when there are people milling about. The things you do for your faithful readers. Lol

  11. Great look with your poncho and your hair fixed straight like that! Any time I hear about leather pants I can’t help but think of a story told about Abraham Lincoln: Seems he got caught out in the rain wearing buckskin trousers and forever after bore the marks of those tight pants that shrunk when wet and had to be cut off! I’m sure today’s leather pants are much-improved. ???? You do look classy!

  12. You totally rock this look! I’m sure people thought you were a model, because you definitely look like one!

  13. Love! These saturated colours look so good on you. I’m not drawn to skinny pants as much as I used to be but with a voluminous top like this poncho I think they look fabulous!

  14. Love the faux leather pants! I haven’t found a pair I look good in yet. I think the trick is to make sure the behind is covered because I think the shiny fabric brings attention to the “fullness” of that area! Great idea to style it with a poncho!

    I always shoot as early as possible too. lol. So awkward with people walking by.

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