The Best Joggers and How to Style Them for Women Over 50

Comfortable jogger pants are on trend once again for spring! What’s not to love about them? They are so appropriate to wear around the house, but what about on the street? You may be wondering if you can wear them and if this trend is right for you. I found some of the best joggers for women over 50 and I’ll show you how to style them.

Best Joggers for Women Over 50

Should women over 50 wear joggers? Of course, yet the question arises because if you are over 50 and hear the word “joggers” you might think of sweat pants. You could conjure up a vision of the fleece sweats we wore in college to hide the “Freshman 15” or just because they were so comfortable to study (and sleep) in.

Joggers In The Past

The words “sloppy” and “sweatpants” became synonymous to many of us. As we matured, sweats were certainly a look we wanted to avoid, except in the comfort of our own home/couch/bed. We didn’t want to look like Rocky running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art!


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Fashionable Joggers

Then over the last decade, when fitness wear became runway fashion and the term athleisure became a part of our fashion lexicon, joggers became abundant. My initial problem with joggers was the shape. Pants that are cuffed at the ankles could make my hips look too wide, and the slouchiness too much a reminder of the Zubaz of the early 90’s. I did not think they would be flattering at all.

The New Styled Joggers

Then I noticed that the new styled joggers were not quite as billowing and the bands or cuffs at the ankles were not always so tight. So I decided to give them a try. I came to realize I would not look like “I Dream of Jeanie” in the updated style of joggers.

The new cargo styles and the joggers in fabrics besides fleece are flattering and a bit dressier, too. I have always liked mixing side stripe track pants with contrasting styles of apparel, so why not do the same with joggers? I soon learned that I could!

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Athleta Trekkie North Jogger, $99

The first pair of joggers I bought and loved were similar to these from Athleta. These joggers have more of a cuff at the ankle instead of a gathered knit band, side pockets (to hold your phone), flattering seams and a flat waistband.

My original intention was to wear them to the gym instead of tight leggings, and to look a little more appropriate while running errands afterwards. I adored them so much I soon got more in other colors.

The Versatility of Joggers

These joggers have become my “go-to” pants because they work from my home office to workouts to store runs and errands. I can throw them straight in the wash too!

Now that joggers are a bit sleeker, I know I will continue to wear them (in public) and keep them in my arsenal of everyday pants. Consider wearing joggers instead of your shorts or jeans this summer. When they are styled properly, joggers can look very chic. Here’s how to find the best style joggers for women over 50.

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Best Joggers for Women Over 50

1. Find joggers in fabrics besides fleece for a more versatile look. Avoid fleece joggers for the street. There are many options available including cottons, jerseys, lightweight nylons, tricot and other sporty polyesters.

2. Look for joggers with a flat front, and a slimmer fit. I prefer joggers with a loser cuff at the ankles to avoid a harem pant look. To keep the look neat avoid joggers with too much volume. Find a pair that are loose but lay close to your legs and hips.

3. Seek out joggers with interesting details like cargo-style pockets and vertical seams. These details add function and make your joggers look and work more like streetwear. The panels and details are flattering as well.

4. Joggers look best and hang properly when they are just above the ankle or just to the ankle. In most cases (with fashion there are always exceptions) you don’t want them to be too long or to pool around the ankle. The ankle length works best for most shoe styles too.

5. Find a pair of joggers in black or a neutral color. If you purchase one pair of joggers this season, I recommend a pair in black because you can dress them up or down. Consider greys, olive greens, tans and off-whites that can go from the gym to a cocktail party. These pants will also be ideal to pack on your next trip or weekend vacation!

Jogger Styles To Try

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to try the jogger pants trend. Target, Old Navy and Gap have basic styles that are flattering and you can get them in black as well as neutral colors.

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Dressy-looking fabric and cargo styling: Target Women’s Stretch Woven Cargo Joggers – All in Motion™, now $25.50
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Pegged and not gathered hem joggers: GapFit High Rise Runaround Pants, Now $44.99 – $47


How to Style Joggers Over 50

1. First try them in place of your jeans. A basic solid pair of joggers will work with everything from a tee shirt and sneakers to a dressy silk blouse and heels. Wear them the same way you wear your jeans.

2. Wear something unexpected with your joggers. Contrasting elements is how fashion often works. Try a conservative menswear style button down shirt, a sparkly sequin tee-shirt, a long tunic top or a pair of slides or loafers with your joggers. Have fun with your outfit and don’t be afraid to mix up styles.

3. What shoes should you wear? In the case of joggers the age old-question can be answered quickly. “Anything goes.” You can wear sneakers, pumps, strappy heeled sandals, flat mules, booties, slides or platform sandals. However, make sure the shoes go with the rest of your look. Are you going for sporty-casual? Then wear sneakers, flats or slide sandals. Are you wearing your joggers with a dressy top for evening? In that case you can go for pumps, strappy heels or platform sandals.

4. Pull it together with a jacket. A structured jacket like a jean jacket, blazer or leather biker jacket can instantly dress up your joggers. For a softer and more casual look, try a long cardigan or silk bomber jacket.

Different Ways to Style Joggers

Here are some of my favorite joggers and fashionable ways to wear them when you’re over 50. They range from inexpensive to expensive, but I like the way they are styled in every case!

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A chic jogger set with a handbag for daytime: AQUA Athletic Side Stripe Knit Sweatpants, $68 and Stripe Sleeve Knit Sweatshirt, $68, 100% Bloomingdale’s Exclusive.
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Joggers with heels and a jacket: Stella McCartney + NET SUSTAIN Julia Cady Track Pants, $695
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Joggers with a blouse and heeled sandals: Paige Mayslie Joggers, $225
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Faux leather joggers with monochrome colors: Commando Faux Stretch-leather Track Pants, now $79
 Rag & Bone Miramar Joggers
Trompe l’oeil jean joggers with a basic white t-shirt: (Lauren’s favorite) Rag & Bone Miramar Faux Jeans Cotton Joggers, $155
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Joggers for evening with heels and a minibag: Cinq a Sept Tous Les Jours Giles Satin Jogger Pants, $265 with matching Holly Short-Sleeve Sateen Jacket, $395
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With hoodie and a blazer for a casual work day: NILI LOTAN Nolan cropped cotton-jersey track pants, $275

Shop The Best Joggers for Women

Will you be wearing joggers this season? How do you style your joggers? We’d love to hear from you!

Carol Calacci

You may also like to read more of Carol’s styling for women over 50 posts like 3 Great-Fitting Swimsuits With Coverups for Women Over 50 and 9 of The Best Spring 2023 Fashion Trends for Women Over 50.

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