HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR ANKLES?

 Many women do not love their ankles. Some aren't too crazy about their legs in general. Once again, I will tell you that others are not as conscious of this as you, but I will also say that I hear you, and understand that this is something which brings you discomfort and embarrassment at times. 

This is the second week of blog posts about figure issues I deal with frequently. As always, there are a few tricks of the trade that can help you camouflage this area to make it less visible to you and others. First, let's discuss WHAT NOT TO WEAR. You should try to steer clear of capri style pants and cropped skinny jeans, as they hit mid to low calf and direct one's eyes to that exact point you wish to camouflage. This also goes for skirts that hit there. Stay away from leggings because they show any cellulite that might be lurking, and cling to the areas of the leg and ankle that you would rather hide. Super skinny jeans are not the best (the truth is super skinnies shouldn't be worn by anyone who has a hip or shapely legs or voluptuous rear end, which is pretty much 90% of us!) As far as a shoe to avoid, ankle strap sandals are not the best style for you for obvious reasons. This one is difficult these days, because it seems like everyone has them in their collections. It is hard to find a replacement for this style, but I love slides and mules with a bit of a heel or a pointy toed pump or slingback. These styles will have the opposite effect, creating more length. Delicate, dainty shoes with kitten heels are styles to avoid as well. Instead, look for a wedge or chunky heel in a neutral like a nude or metallic, or a pointy toe. 

Rather than a capri or cropped pant, I would shoot for a bootcut, flare jean or wide leg trouser, palazzo etc. Wear the pant at the longest length possible with a heel. This will create that "legs for miles" situation I'm always talking about. Try to avoid wearing flats as much as possible. Avoid heavy shoes whose height is the same at the front as the back when buying a platform if possible, because this gives the illusion that you are wearing heavy bricks on your feet; it gives a chunky, stumpy look to your lower half! A heeled bootie looks great instead. Pointy toes are more flattering than round toed designs.

As far as what works well for you in terms of dresses and skirts, there are a lot of stylish choices. Maxi dresses are so much fun to wear for a casual, glam look. Long skirts work well too. Dresses and skirts look nice hitting at the knee. An A-line that hits at the knee is especially great, because the wider the skirt, the slimmer the ankle and calf will appear.

I hope these tips help. Heavy ankles and calves come in all different sized women. You now have the info to dress well and not worry about this issue any more. Concentrate on bringing the eye upward with a boat neck top or even some fabulous statement earrings. Wear the looks I've mentioned, and this will balance everything out. It's as simple as ABC (Accentuate, Balance and Camouflage!).

 Jumpsuits are a perfect look!

Jumpsuits are a perfect look!

 How about a maxi dress with a summery print?

How about a maxi dress with a summery print?

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