I am 5’4″ and I weigh 125 pounds. I wear about a size 6. I am pretty satisfied with my body except that I have very, very unattractive legs. They have a few scars from childhood, I am slightly knock-kneed, they are not shapely at all and they are pale. I’ve accepted this flawed part of my body, tried self tanners and done the best I can to focus on the good parts. However, I do like to wear dresses and skirts when I am brave enough. I struggle trying to wear dresses that do not accentuate my legs and finding hose that are not hot in the summer.
Do you have any suggestions on dress styles, hose, and even shoe combinations with the dresses and hose? I’m sick of wearing pants all the time. Thank you, Cleo
You are probably much harder on yourself than anyone else would ever be, but we understand you feel self-conscious.
In summer, when you want to cover pale or scarred legs, you are right – stockings can be hot. However, it usually around the stomach and hips where stockings make you feel sweaty, so why not try some thigh highs? This way you can still feel cool under your dress. Just make sure you match them as closely as possible to your skin color, so they look most natural and not like you have a fake suntan!
Other things you can do to take the focus off your legs:
- Make sure your skirt covers your kneecaps if your knees are unattractive
- If you have knock knees wear a skirt that is soft and floaty.
- Wear ultra sheer nude hose combined with nude (flesh toned) shoes to create a long lean line to your leg. In winter try opaque black tights and black shoes.
- Avoid skirts with a lot of pattern and detail, especially skirts with detail at the hemline. Put the color, pattern, any detail or embellishment near your face to draw the eye up.
- Wear medium to high heels to elongate your legs. A lower vamp also elongates your leg, as do pointy vs round or square toed shoes.
- Avoid ankle straps which cut you off at the ankle and make you look shorter.
- Mid-calf skirts would work to cover your legs but we find most of them look dowdy after 40. Why not try a maxi dress?
Best of luck trying these things and remember- no one is looking at your legs if you put all the emphasis up top. Make sure your hair and make-up is always fresh and touched up and SMILE. Everyone will be looking at your pretty face and not your legs.