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How to create visual balance with your proportions and your calf size

If your upper body is longer in comparison to your lower body or visa versa, this needs to be taken into consideration when finding your ideal style guide for calf shape and size. Naturally when you have shorter legs and a longer body you want to create visual balance by lengthening your leg line and avoiding any style features that will do the opposite. That also means that if you have longer legs compared to your upper body, you want to avoid any style details that will make your leg line even longer and opt for styles that will shorten it instead.

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  • Short body, long legs

    Short body, long legs
  • Balanced

    Balanced
  • Longer body. shorter legs

    Longer_body_shorter_legs

Leg proportions and calf sizes

Small calves

  • Short body, long legs,

    Short body, long legs, small calves
  • Balanced

    Balanced, small calves
  • Longer body, shorter legs

    Longer body, shorter legs, small calves (back)

Medium calves

  • Short body, long legs

    Short body, long legs, medium calves
  • Balanced

    Balanced, medium calves
  • Longer body, shorter legs

    Longer body, shorter legs, medium calves (back)

Big calves

  • Short body, long legss

    Short body, long legs, big calves
  • Balanced

    Balanced, big calves
  • Longer body, shorter legs

    Longer body, shorter legs, big calves (back)

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Here are a couple of examples how your style guide changes when having a longer body, shorter legs with different calve sizes:

Short legs, long body/short legs & big calves

Longer body, shorter legs, big calves (front) Longer body, shorter legs, big calves (back)

Height is twice as important - firstly to give you a visually longer leg and secondly to give you a visually balanced body.

Your style guide is very simple and plain - stick to clutter and pattern-free lines combined with heels:

  • Hoisery

    only full tights, unless you are wearing socks and stocking under your trousers. Full tights need to be plain, dark colours and high in denier

  • Trousers

    Full length only in straight or slight boot cut style. Narrowing legs, flares or a wide leg will make you look even shorter and more disproportional

  • Hemline

    Never on your calf - best to end just below your knee or full length. Stay away from any patterns when dressing your lower body

  • Shoes and heels

    In an ideal world you should always wear medium to high heels. Avoid boots over trousers; this is only ok when wearing beneath them. Choose trainers and casual shoes with a platform or small heel. Even when at the pool choose flip flops with a heel or platform style. Wear medium to chunky heels only.

Short legs, long body/short legs and small calves

Longer body, shorter legs, small calves (front) Longer body, shorter legs, small calves (back)

Your style guide is less is more - avoid patterns in your lower half and if you wear colour use deep colours only, paired with heels

  • Hoisery

    Stick to full tights only in medium to dark colour (a darker colour will visually lengthen your leg)

  • Trousers

    Shorts, and capris are not ideal; if you do wear them, then wear them with high heels only. Avoid contrast in your look and also stick to a straight or narrowing leg line (as long as it works with your body shape)

  • Hemline

    Above or mid knee are best

  • Shoes and heels

    Stay away from chunky shoe styles and ankle straps or boots with calf details. Kitten or stiletto heels are good. Careful with wedges - they should have a slim shaped back. Choose ballerinas and flats in a platform style - you need the height for visual balance.

Clothes Guides: Calves


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