Pretty Pins With Summer's Trends
Well girls, the time is nigh.....drumroll...... it's leg unveiling season.
No matter if you own a generous calf or lengthy sparrow leg, knowing what to wear and more importantly, what shoe to work with certain garments can be a mind field for the un-knowing. There's no need to totally keep your pins hidden away though....let them see daylight, there are always shoes and hem lengths to boost your confidence and allow you to pack away your opaques and starchy jeans (for a bit anyway).
So, with this in mind, I thought I'd steer you through the racks of footie lovelies and hanger delights currently awaiting your peepers this season and also make some suggestions of what to wear them with. I know, I know, I'm so nice...
Lets start with the ole limbs themselves.....what are you rocking?
Shapely calves and strong ankles?
Wide straight trousers are fab if they're long and fall just below the ankle, and the good news is that there are lots of colour and floral patterned lovelies about too. Beware the 'on trend' culotte or midi length, especially if it rests on the widest part of your calf. They totally add inches to that area and eat into your leg length.
Its a tricky one but if you dare to wear, then add a chunky heeled sandal to balance things out a bit....larger frames and strong legs look much better in a wedge or a heel with some substance and it doesn't even have to be high.
Image: Kate Arands; Pinterest
A maxi dress is a popular 'do' in warmer months and I believe they look much more feminine with a slight wedge or chunkier sandal anyway, no matter the leg and its wearer. Heck, the casual look at the moment is to wear white pumps with them and you can even choose a slight platform or 'flatform' so you can have a little hidden height.
Image: Diego Zuko. Harpers Bazaar; Pinterest
Continuing on the shoe front..... if you're a lover of a 'strappy' sandal then bear in mind that your ankles would much prefer to be lovingly nurtured than strangled. Any 'strappage' around a sturdy ankle can appear to cut your leg length further, so look for a lower, more angled strap or a wider one if you want to minimise the effect, plus, a helpful higher hem length will flatter further. An added bonus is to try a nude strappy, that way your ankles will look less interfered with. Viva la legs!
Flat delicate looking ballet pumps don't always cut the mustard either, especially if you're already a little shorter in the leg, so try a brogue or loafer this season...there are even backless versions for extra trend brownie points if you're interested.
The same rule applies to the 'midi skirt', which are light and floaty for this Summer. Try a flat pleated style for a lovely silhouette.
Just in case you have Uber Straight calves and delicate ankles
On the flipside, an ultra slim lower leg should also be aware of the wide culotte because it will make your legs look lost amongst the fabric...imagine if you will two matchsticks hanging out the bottom of a hankie.
Don't worry though as you can use footwear too here to balance your scale by trying a more delicate but supportive looking shoe, such as one with an ankle strap, as you can afford more optical width to the lower leg. Just make sure they fit well and aren't baggy.
Other Shoe Goodies
There are also lots of High Street interest in the 'lace up' flat or even the espadrille, which are everywhere, but again you need ample amounts of leg or ankle on show so you don't just look like your feet have gotten tangled up in a fishing net.
Shoes: Nordstrom; Pinterest
A great pairing of the flat this season is with a more loosely cropped trouser which shows the world you have ankles and demonstrates a summery laid back chic or get more in charge with some fab shorts. You can go for it with this seasons dash of classic breton stripe and city jumpsuit love from the edgy street look. Who says you can't mix and match trends....go make them your own.
Image: Asos Fashion Finder, Pinterest
If you're happy to go bare legged when the sun comes out, that's great and you can add to your leggy love by buffing and moisturising and maybe even safely tanning . You could try one of those tan building moisturisers or a good subtle spray tan to avoid that awful 'corned beef' or 'stilton' look if you're very fair like me. Either way give them some love, they work really hard and carry you everywhere.
If you want a quick instant 'leg beauty hack' try rubbing a touch of your favourite body oil or indeed natural oil (olive/almond/crisp n dry (only joking here) down your shin bone to add a bit of sneaky length. Trust me it works a treat and they look rather healthy.
Another useful tip with the old oil, maybe even vaseline, is to pop a bit between your thighs so that they don't kiss each other so much when you're wearing skirts and dresses. There's nothing worse than 'chub rub' and we've all had it and no more so than on a hot day.
I've heard on the grapevine that you can buy fabulous comfy little bands called "Bandalettes" that look like lacy stocking tops that you slip on to avoid any thigh chafing or discomfort and you can get them on Amazon and Ebay. www.bandelettes.com
However, If you're not feeling the naked leg love then try a light neutral summer tight on your pins in a more breathable or lighter fabric, I've seen bamboo ones, I'm sure.
The only styles to avoid, in my view, are the high gloss types unless you want your legs to look like a pair of sizzling sausages. The high intensity of the re