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;

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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;

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;

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.


Coyote urine. It’s the reason my hydrangeas actually bloomed this year. (Deer repellent.) And after her thorough sweep of the gardens for chipmunks, it’s what Mary smells like right now. #bathtime Happy Saturday!

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