I owe this article to a particular reader who contacted me recently and suggested I write a piece about an issue that many women probably face: thicker legs; it doesn’t matter, whether the cause is pregnancy, muscles, or being overweight, what’s important to know is how we can use fashion to disguise this problem, and which pieces we can incorporate into our wardrobe to look slimmer and elongate our legs. The most common problem area are the thighs: for instance, mind white and unlined garments, especially in the summer, because they expose cellulite and orange skin, even where there is none. The pants need to be made of a firm material in order to hug the thighs and make you feel more secure. When it comes to skirts and dresses, length is key: avoid short pieces and wear high heels in any case. Well, here is some of my advice, which I sincerely hope will come in handy.
Heels yes, heels no
Stilettos and high heels are definitely the right way to go; it’s good to opt for open shoes, where the instep is exposed. Closed ankle boots are not your best friend, either with high heels or flat, especially in combination with skinny pants. This type of footwear will make your legs look even thicker. Also pay attention to lacing and ankle straps: try to avoid those. Always keep in mind that the area around your ankles needs to be exposed and open.
The right lengths
The best length for you is midi, above or below the knee. Stay away from lengths that reach the exact middle of the knees, because those will optically cut your legs in half, thus shortening them. Even a nice pair of heels won’t be able to help you out! I’m sure you have some reservations regarding midi length, but it works amazingly well with a very high, thin heel: even if the legs and hips are wider, the result will be sexy.
Tight and layered
I could generally say, tight or skinny models are not your best option, but you can actually wear them in combination with longer knitwear and other pieces that cover your thighs. Even a poncho is an excellent choice, or a long blazer. High-waist, straight-leg trousers are most suitable for you, because they fall in a straight line and won’t restrict your movement, and above all, they won’t put emphasis on your curves. You should wear them with very high heels, which optically elongate the leg.
This is always a handy trick, when you want to gain some height and look slimmer all around. Wearing an outfit that matches monochrome tones head-to-toe is a winning combination! It’s very important to let the shades seamlessly graduate into one another, and beige is the perfect choice for fashion endeavors of this sort. You can style it with a camel coat, a timeless must-have piece.
If it’s reminiscent of the 50’s, a wider cut with a minuscule pleating and very elegant, you can trust that it will slim you down. As it happens, a wide skirt hides thick legs, and you’ll gain height and slenderness with the help of the right shoe. A midi high-waist pencil skirt can also be interesting, but your belly should be flat, otherwise it will be uncomfortable. Wide-leg culottes in a dark shade, such as forest green or navy blue, with high heels is another good solution.
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