Get Great Legs! Fix 3 Mistakes You're Making Right Now

I get it. Not everyone has legs like Giselle (or me). But I don’t care whether you’ve got cankles or chicken legs—if you’re not dressing your legs right, they’re not going to look good. Here are the three biggest mistakes I see women making when it’s time to unveil their legs for summer—and how to fix them. Let the wolf whistling begin!

Kelly by Clinton Kelly dress

Mistake #1: Wrong-Length Bottoms

Who wears short shorts? Too many women! Buttcheek-baring bottoms may be having a moment, but that doesn’t mean they will look good on you. The most flattering way to wear a skirt or short is to have the garment flare lightly away from your body, the way an A-line skirt or walking short does, and end at the narrowest part of the leg. For most women, that’s right about mid-knee. Avoid a short that lands on a wider part of your thighs or a midi skirt that ends at a thick part of your calf, you’ll just look better. Kelly by Clinton Kelly Sleeveless Dress with Ruffle Detail in Raspberry, $60; qvc.com

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Mistake #2: Bad Shoes

Your footwear can either elongate your legs—or make them look stumpy. There are three ways a shoe makes your legs look longer. First: Look for shoes in a color similar to your skin tone, they’ll move the eye seamlessly from your hips to your toes, making your legs look longer overall. Second: Avoid ankle straps, high-tops or other details that cover up the top part of your foot and ankle, since those visually cut off your legs sooner than necessary. And finally: Wear a heel. I’m all for flats, but nothing makes legs look longer (and shapes up your calves quicker) than a couple extra inches. If you can’t stand a stiletto, wear a wedge. Image: J Crew. For similar shoes: Elusive, $80; stevemadden.com

Kelly by Clinton Kelly pants

Mistake #3: Hiding in Capris

Okay, so you don’t want to show your legs at all. Fine. But there is nothing worse than a capri pant that ends right at the thickest part of a woman’s calf—it just makes the whole leg look wider! Instead, opt for a slim pant that ends around the ankle (a narrow part of most women’s legs) or a maxi skirt that falls to the ground. You could even consider a loose jog pant or wide-leg trousers, just make sure they’re not too billowy—then you’re just adding volume down below. Kelly by Clinton Kelly Regular Double Stretch Pull-On Ankle Pants in Navy, $48; qvc.com

Bonus tip: Get Glowing!

Light skin has a habit of showing every freckle and varicose vein, but a little bronze can mask it. Since tanning is taboo, the safe route to not turning orange is to use one of those gradual self-tanning lotions. Apply a little every day and within a week you'll have a nice glow.

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