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. 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.
5. Switch to Long 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). Your best bet are solid colored pans in a dark color but make sure they’re not too skinny. A tight pant will emphasize your problem. Bootcut or wide legs jeans help hide the problem. And no cropped pants and capris. They draw the eye to the widest part of your calves and ankles and make your legs look stubby.
6. Don’t Give Up on Skirts
It may feel like you can’t wear a skirt, but this is not the case. 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.
7. Direct Attention Up Top
If you don’t want people looking at your legs distract them. Wear dark colors below your waist and highlight your top half by wearing lighter colors near your face.
Restrict prints to your upper body, and use fun accessories like scarves and jewelry to draw the eye up and away.
8. Wear Dark Stockings
Solid colored tights in a dark shade will make you legs appear slimmer. Pair them with matching heels and a skirt in the same color to make your legs look like they go on for miles.
9. Slip on some Nude Shoes
When tights aren’t 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.
10. Get a pair of Riding Boots
Slouchy or stretchy styles that hit mid-calf, give you the most room and still allow a flattering leg line. Riding boots tend to have a wider, more forgiving shaft.
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, so don’t let it stop you either.