Last year I saw a video from Shine´s thread about simple tricks to make your legs look longer and leaner. Interviewed by style reporter Sarah Bernard, Shape Magazine´s executive style director Jaqui Stafford shared in the video five essential tips on how to elongate your legs.
Since spring is so around the corner and summer is soon to be in full swing, I´m excited to once again wear outfits that show some legs. I tried to dig that video for a refresh but it´s no longer available. Luckily, I got the tricks safely saved in the archives of my fashion blog.
Summer is the season to make your legs look their best. However, if you’re a girl who´s NOT blessed with natural long legs, these tips will help you fake them.
1. Get the right hemline
For most women, the perfect hemline is just on the knees for both skirts and dresses. This is because the eyes of the beholder look for that narrow pattern where the hem meets the legs. The knee is the thinnest point. By contrast, if you hem a skirt at mid-calf, your legs will appear heavier.
What about mini dresses? Well, according to Jacqui, it’s perfectly okay to wear mini dresses as long as you pair it with some skin tone color or create a monochromatic look because this is what makes the legs look long.
2. Go for Pants with Perfect length
Hem pants should be ½ inch off the ground. If you keep your pants as long as possible, you create a thin line. You should as well wear high heels. The heels are hidden by the pants and this is a very effortless way to fake long legs.
What about capris? Avoid them, at all cost!
3. Wear Nude D’Orsay cut shoes.
I knew that D’Orsay shoes are really sexy but I used to NOT know that they work best in making the legs look longer and leaner. The reason mainly is that they visually continue the line of your leg to the toes, thus tricking the eye into thinking that your legs are longer than they actually are.
4. Say NO to ankle straps
This tip is quite debatable. Shape Magazine stylist holds that ankle straps make your legs look shorter. But “What about gladiator shoes?“. Yeah, right. What about them? Aren’t these shoes very of-the-moment? “This is all about style temptation!” Jaqui exclaimed. “But okay, if you really wanna wear gladiator shoes, make sure you wear them with jeans.”
This gladiator predicament actually left me in deep thoughts. What if I don’t want to wear my gladiators with jeans? Can I wear them with mini dresses? If I do wear a mini (refer to tip’1), I expose more length which gives me the impression of having longer legs.
But what about short shorts? Can I get away with them and gladiators and still have long legs? I lean more to this?
5. Create an illusion of long and lean legs
How do you do it? Make up and tanner! It’s not about visiting to tanning saloon or heading quick to the nearby beach and spread some blankets for a whole day tanning session with the sun. Nope.
It’s about strategic way of applying shimmering body lotions, make up and tanner and especially just on the front of your legs, the shin part, because that create reflecting lights that make the legs look longer and leaner.
If you’re kind of confused how it works, just think of how you use make up – dark shades – to fake a pointed nose. 😉
Have Your Say
So tell me Creative Fashionistas, do you have long legs or do you wish you were blessed with? What do you think of these tricks to make your legs look longer? Would you give them a try?