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Leg line: Small/Medium/Long legs

As mentioned earlier, the length of your legs is another deciding factor in how much style detail you can add to your leg line and calf area - simply because your "playground" – the space where you can add features - is either small, medium or big. A long leg can cope with many style features at the same time at the same place while a medium leg has to moderate the amount and the short leg simply can’t cope with it at all. It all comes back to visual balance!

So, here are some general guidelines to different leg lines:

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Long legs: need to break their length visually

Have fun by using and mixing lots of different style lines with each other which will shorten your leg line. Still, you don’t want to opt for style details that highlight your leg line in the wrong way by choosing the wrong style details e.g. vertical stripes, straight leg line, empire line, high heels. Find below a general style guide for long legs:

  • Dress/skirt shapes: A-lines, full skirts, dropped waistlines, pleated, panel/circular lines, mini skirts

  • Dress/skirt hemlines: mini, above the knee, at the knee, below the knee, calf length

  • Long trousers: wide, flared, palazzo pants, skinny leg

  • Medium to short trousers: culottes, cropped with straight leg, turnups, golfer shorts, mini shorts

  • Pockets: thighs, calf area

  • Colours: Break them up on your leg line - more than once is fine

  • Patterns: bold/bright/horizontal strips/multi washes - anything goes really

  • Boots with details e.g. buckles, patterns, volume; tuck your trousers into your boots

    • Uggs or moon boots

    • Coloured and/or patterned wellingtons

    • Knee boots

    • Calf boots

    • Ankle boots

  • Busy shoe styles such as multicolours or straps

    • Calf straps such as espadrilles

    • Ankle straps such as gladiators sandals

    • Sandals, ballerinas, pumps

    • Calf boots

    • Ankle boots

  • Heels: flat to small heel

Medium leg line: Same as with medium calves, moderation is key - choose one rather than too many style features at once.

You want to make the most out of your medium leg line by showing it off with style details that complement. Your space for adding features is not as big as someone with a long leg, so use the space wisely by choosing one style feature rather than two at the same time. Otherwise your medium leg will turn into short leg, because you overdid the styling on your leg line. So, yes to the following style details - but in moderation! See below a general style guide for a medium long leg:

  • Dress/skirt types: A-lines, full, pencil, straight skirts, tired-pleats, circular lines

  • Dress/skirt hemlines: mini, above the knee, at the knee, below the knee, calf length, ankle length, full length (eg maxi dress),

  • Long trousers: wide, flare, straight, skinny leg, boot-cut

  • Medium to short trousers: culottes, cropped with straight leg, turnups, golfer shorts, mini shorts

  • Pockets: thighs, calf area

  • Colours: Break them up on your leg line – but remember less is more

  • Patterns: bold/bright/horizontal strips- any really (but don’t go too chunky in size)

  • Boots with details e.g. buckles or patterns, volume, tuck your trousers into your boots if you like

    • Uggs or moon boots

    • Coloured or patterned wellingtons

    • Knee boots

    • Calf boots

    • Ankle boots

  • Busy shoe styles eg multicolours or straps

    • Calf straps such as : Espadrilles

    • Ancle straps such as Gladiators sandals

    • Sandals, ballerinas, pumps

  • Heels: any height works - flat, small, medium, high heel

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Short leg: No clutter- simple styles that elongate your leg line

Having short legs means you can’t leave anything to chance. Your mission is to elongate your leg line and stay clear of any style details and features that interfere with it by shortening legs even more. There isn’t enough space left for combining different style lines on your leg line at the same time. The only possibility is if you happen to have a small calf, but again this depends on your body shape. If you still choose to clutter your leg line with style details on your legs then it’s not so much that it will be further shortened - since there is no space left to be shortened visually; rather this it will push the leg line visually outwards making you look rounder and fuller. The result is that you will look short and round. In order to avoid this and to make the most out of your leg line keep to the following general style guide:

  • Dress/skirt types: pencil or straight skirts

  • Dress/skirt hemlines: mini ( best only on the beach), above the knee, at knee, ankle length (maxi dress), full length

  • Long trousers: straight, skinny leg, boot cut

  • Medium to short trousers: mini (best only on the beach)

  • Pockets: only back pockets (small, tone on tone, simple style)

  • Colours: tone on tone - this will elongate your leg line

  • Patterns: Don't do it - keep your leg line in single colours

  • Boots should be in darker and single colours without any busy style details, never tuck your trousers into your boots unless trousers and boots are similar in tone and kept in a darker colour (doesn’t always work)

    • Uggs: only the shortest version. Trouser leg should fall over the ugg boot

    • Wellingtons: only in a darker and single colours, ideally without any patterns

    • Calf and ankle straps should be avoided, they will shorten your leg line

    • Calf boots should only be worn under your trousers - so a big no to tucking your trousers into your boots

    • Ankle boots: should be only worn under your trousers - so a big no to tucking your trousers into your boots

    • Shoes: simple and classic styles, pumps, sandals, sling backs

  • Heels: Flats such as Birkenstocks, flip flops, ballerinas should be only worn at home or on the beach – they're not really a style to show off out in the open. Flats should be only used for sports or home or beach use. Otherwise stick to medium to high heels

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