A long leg line is one of my personal figure flattery priorities. I don’t always stick to it, but nine times out of ten I’ll choose outfit options that make my legs look as long and shapely as possible. And I’ve gotten many questions about how shoes and hemlines affect the leg line, so lemme boil it down for ya:
Basically, you want to consider your ankles and knees. If you’re wearing shoes that disguise the curve of your ankle, your legs will look more shapely if you can show your knees.
If you’re wearing a skirt that covers the curve of your knees, your legs will look more shapely if you can show your ankles:
If you reveal both ankles and knees, your legs will look both long and shapely:
The idea is to avoid making your legs appear as if they’re one unbroken circumference from hip to foot. Allowing the observing eye access to AT LEAST one of the places where your leg curves gives a more complete impression of how your legs are shaped.
As always, these are not follow-or-die rules, merely guidelines. It’s best to know what your clothes may do to your figure so you can decide how you want to deploy them. And if you don’t feel like abiding these suggestions constantly, sometimes, or ever, that is most definitely your prerogative!
Originally posted 2011-02-01 06:06:55.