10 Dressing Tips To Slim Heavy Calves and Ankles

wide-calf-boots-3Can you barely fit into a pair of boots because your calves are so wide?

Have you given up wearing dresses because you don’t want anyone to see your huge ankles?

You may not be able to change the muscular legs mother nature gave you, but you can make them a lot less noticeable.

Here are Six Dressing Tips to magically slim heavy calves and thick ankles.



Flats and ankle straps make wide legs and calves look wider.

1. Avoid Flats

You may love flats, but they don’t love you. Flat shoes emphasize big calves and ankles and make you look squat. Instead, choose a mid-height heel to fool the eye and make your legs look long and lean.

2. Choose the Right Heel

A thicker stacked heel, wedge or platform shoe balances out heavy legs. Avoid skinny stilettos which create too much contrast and exaggerate huge calves.

3. Low Vamp is Better

The lower the vamp and the pointier the toe on the shoe, the longer and slimmer your leg will appear.

4. No Ankle Straps

These too much attention on your thick ankles and blow them out of proportion. Continue Reading

How To Hide Your Tummy

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Do your pants suddenly feel tight? Is your tummy turning to jello? Blame it on that annoying middle age spread that is starting to creep in. Sure a better diet and the gym can help, but most times it’s hard to totally get rid of a muffin top.

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Not to worry. Here are 10 great tips on how to dress to hide your midlife tummy.

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