Having looked earlier this week at boobs, stomachs & bottoms the other potentially troublesome body areas are length of legs, hips, arms and your torso. I wonder if men go through this process? They don’t seem to in the UK!
Many women seem to think their legs are too short, and whether this true or not, there is a sure fire style tip to give the ‘appearance’ of longer legs.
Continuous colour from head to foot
Same approach with trousers
The key to creating longer looking legs is to have a continuous sweep of colour with no obvious distractions. If your legs are on the short side then avoid wearing ankle strap shoes with dresses or skirts. Why? The visual effect will be to ‘cut’ the length of your legs. If you also have thick ankles this will be compounded.
Many women feel their hips are too big. Again, the key is to create a visual balance. Avoid pencil skirts, skin tight jeans and slant pockets on trousers as they will emphasise the size of your hips. If you wear jeans go for flares to create balance and take the attention away from your hips.
Yes – you can wear prints!
Linen dress over leggings
The above outfit skims over the hips and if you don’t like to bare your legs then leggings are the obvious choice.
There are 2 approaches to creating the illusion that your torso is longer than it is. The first is to wear lower rise pants or jeans and a higher neck top. Thus you have created length. However if you have a thick waist or a substantial tummy you will not look good in low rise pants.
Works on fairly slim torso
This coat creates length
Coats or knitted long jackets elongate your torso. Make sure you avoid too obvious patterns and stick to one colour.
More flattering on older women
This creates a good balance and the scarf draws the eye away from the body.
If you have the opposite concern then you need to visually ‘break-up’ the torso. Women with long bodies can often have shorter legs so it is best to avoid cropped pants especially if they are wide. The key here is a cropped top – ending above your natural waist line. If you are older then layering can work very well. You could also try a wide belt – if your waist can take it!
Layering tends to shorten the body
Cropped jacket breaks up body length
Horizontal stripes shorten
Full skirt takes attention away from top half
For years I had slim toned arms. I liked my arms! Now they have thickened and have lost muscle tone. I know I’m not alone in this but the thing is I’m living with my arms not yours! The solution is to go for three-quarter length sleeves. They look elegant and certainly take away attention from the top of your arms.
DVF wrap dress
I seriously doubt if any woman has a ‘perfectly’ proportioned body. Whatever that is! Get to know your body shape and those areas that you want to emphasise or minimise. Work with what you have and you’ll always look good. Remember, style rejuvenation is all about being the best ‘you’.