Fashion Tips By: Beth Roy

Figuring out Hemline Confusion


Most of us (and by “us”, I purposely exclude supermodels and adolescent girls) want to make our legs look longer, right?  So why would we cut them off at the widest part of the shortest section?  Skirts that hit at mid calf do just that, and they aren’t flattering on most of us, period.

Here’s a general hemline rule of thumb to simplify things:

If you are petite, aim for the TOP of the knee cap.
If you are tall, aim for the BOTTOM of the knee cap.

Of course there will be exceptions and variations depending on the size of your frame and height of your heel, but when in doubt, aim for the knee.

Which reminds me.  The other day a (very fit & flirty) friend told me she hates her knees.  Aren’t we women funny with the way we focus on a perceived “flaw” that no other else would ever notice?  But we all have our “thing”— mine is my veiney calves, and it’s taken me years to finally ignore them and wear shorts.   Anyway, if you really hate your knees, hem your skirts to just the bottom of your knee cap, but no lower. Or go with a maxi skirt that falls to your ankles and pair it with some fabulous high wedge heels.  Another flirty option if you hate your legs?  Long, flowing, wide-leg pants with a pair killer high heels.

Here’s another tip from someone who has leg issues (did I mention my veins?) –  Jergen’s Natural Glow is your new best friend.  Start using it now, and you’ll be ready to bare your legs when/if the spring weather finally gets here.


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