Monday, May 12, 2014

Faking Longer Legs

Here it is.....some tricks to help elongate your stature!

If you're like me, I love a good heel.  It's just not always fitting to wear them, especially with many of your jobs requiring you to be on your feet most of the day.  Like most women, you crave a longer, leaner leg line.  A lot of how you dress requires the outfit you've made up to accentuate your favorite features.  It's an illusion made up of certain pieces you put together to make you look taller, thinner, curvier, etc...

Just look for certain details with flats or kitten heels that will deceive your peers in to thinking you've lost some weight!  
  • Elect for a pointed toe.  Round and square toes appear to shorten the calf and thigh.
  • Search for a lower vamp, the upper section of the shoe that covers the top front of your foot.  This will provide less coverage of the top your foot, therefore elongating the leg.  (This is also a plus during the summer months when less coverage keeps you cooler.)
  • Avoid flats that have chunky or dark colored straps.  They break up the appearance of your foot and gives you a shorter appearance.
  • Steer clear of a cap-toe.  I advise this with a grain of salt because I love a good oxford.  However, depending on the rest of your ensemble it can present a stubbier leg.
Now, if you feel clear on the guidelines above, there a few more tricks that apply to both flats and heels.

  • Opt for a skin-toned shoe

  • Wear a higher waistline in pants or skirts

  • Try solids.  Putting together monotone pieces creates an uninterrupted visual line

  • Try a wider hemline with stilettos.  

  • Choose vertical lines

  • If you happen to love your legs, elect for a shorter hemline

Now, sit back, relax and do some serious online shopping!  Enjoy!