Can 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.
1. Choose Footwear Wisely
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.
Heel type is also important. A thicker stacked heel, wedge or platform shoe balances out heavy legs. Avoid skinny stilettos which create too much contrast and exaggerate huge calves.
Also remember that the lower the vamp and the pointier the toe on the shoe, the longer and slimmer your leg will appear.
Most important of all avoid ankle straps. They’ll put too much attention on your thick ankles and blow them out of proportion.
2. Pick the Perfect Pants
Hillary Clinton has made pantsuits her trademark and it’s no wonder. Pants are perfect for hiding her famous “cankles” ( thick calves fused at thick ankles). If you have this problem you know how much easier it is to find pants than it is to try to find dresses for big calves.
Take a page from Hilary’s style notebook and invest in a pair of solid-colored pants with a boot-cut or flare leg. Anything narrower will magnify your problem area. Dark pants work best to shrink the area.
Also, avoid cropped pants and capris. They draw the eye to the widest part of your calves and ankles and make your legs look stubby.
3. Skirt the Issue
It may feel like you can’t wear a skirt, but this is not the case. It’s easy to find skirts or dresses for big calves- simply steer clear of pencil skirts or any cuts that cling because they will emphasize the size of your lower legs. Instead, opt for swingy, A-line cut skirts, the perfect dresses for big legs because they make your calves and ankles seem narrower by contrast.
The best skirt length? It’s just at the knee, the narrowest part of your lower legs. Avoid hems with details because they will negate the positive effects of the skirt.
Other skirts or dresses for thick legs are maxi styles that fall to the floor, because they cover the problem area all together.
4. Draw the Eye Upward
If you don’t want anyone looking at your calves, put the emphasis up top. Highlight your top half by wearing lighter colours by your face and darker colors below your waist.
Restrict prints to you upper body, and use fun accessories like scarves and jewelry to draw the eye up and away.
5. Use Stockings to Fool the Eye
Solid colored tights in a dark shade will make you legs appear slimmer. Pair them with matching heels and a skirt in the same colour to make your legs look like they go on for miles.
When tights aren’t really an option (like in the warmer months), wear nude heels that match your skin tone to achieve the same effect. Avoid contrasting or patterned tights as they will become an unflattering focal point.
6. Boot It
Selecting boots is a challenge when you have wider ankles or calves. The best options for you are slouchy or stretchy styles that hit mid-calf, as they will allow the most room and still allow a flattering leg line.
Also, riding boots tend to have a wider, more forgiving shaft.
Even if you aren’t plus-size, don’t be afraid to try the offerings at plus-size retailers as they may give you the extra room you need.
Don’t let your heavy calves or ankles drag you down! Many of the world’s top athletes, ballerinas an celebrities have the same problem but that doesn’t stop them from looking fabulous, and now it won’t stop you too.