– I want short, stumpy legs said no one ever. In this video, I’m gonna show you how to dress to make your legs look a mile long. (upbeat music) Hi ladies, it’s Erin. And welcome back to my channel. I have so many exciting tips to share with you in this video on how to make those legs, those gams look a mile long.
But first, just wanted to say huge thank you to those of you who commented on a recent video. I did about getting out of a style rut and how to know if you’re in a style rut. I asked you to share your stories and you did and it was beautiful to see and read, and I was so touched and moved by your comments.
I think it’s so important that we, as women, share with each other our struggles so that none of us feel alone. And that’s exactly what you did.
I’m just so proud of you all. And I’m just so inspired by you and your bravery and your willingness to be vulnerable. So thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing. And if you missed that video, you should go back and watch it, it’s a really great one. And definitely read through the comments.
We will put a link below in the description box, as well as up here. Now let’s get to the gams. Style secret number one to make those legs look longer, skip shoe straps. What do I mean by that? If the goal is to make your legs look as long and lean as possible, you want to avoid straps with your shoes, straps across the ankle, straps around the ankle.
Those will truncate the legs. You want a deeper front shoe instead. Let me give you an example.
On one side, I’ve got a pair of Castaner espadrille sandals with the strap across the ankle. Castaner, by the way, is a very popular brand here in Spain.
They are known for their espadrilles. I love these shoes, worth noting, I’m not saying don’t wear your strappy shoes. I’m just saying if the goal is to make your legs look longer than don’t do this. But I wear these all the time, I love them. And then you’ve got another example here where it’s just one strap across the top and that lengthens the leg, as you can see, I definitely could have also shown you a pump or like a U-shaped bootie, but I don’t have those with me because we’re in Spain and I don’t have my usual arsenal of clothing.
Which, by the way, if you want to know more about my family’s journey and stay in Spain, you can find all the deets on the blog, which we will put a link to below in the description box.
This dress, by the way, is one that I featured during the Nordstrom sale coverage in its BB Dakota, Steve Madden collaboration. It’s a really cute dress, very short though. And that’s worth noting, too, because when you do want your legs to look longer, I think wearing shorter hemlines can actually elongate the legs quite a bit in contrast to wearing a longer hemline can do the same thing.
We’ll get more into the hemline situation in a minute, but just wanted to make a note of that because I do think a shorter hemline can really elongate your legs quite a bit.
The next tip is to wear skin-colored shoes. Those are the shoes that would blend in nicely with your skin. So if you are wearing a skirt or a dress like I have on here, wearing a skin-color shoe will elongate the legs. Now I don’t have nude pumps or beige pumps here with me in Spain, so I wanted to show you a pair of C by Chloe wedges. These are really comfortable for the size, especially for the size of the heel.
I love them so much, but I do realize these have a strap. So I just wanted to note that so you don’t say, hey, but Erin, but Erin, those wedges have a strap. Yes, I know they do. I don’t have nude heels that have a deep front, but you get the idea.
Here, you can see the nude wedges versus the black wedges, the black wedges kind of call attention, they truncate the light a little bit more.
Whereas the skin-color shoe elongates and lengthens the leg. Sticking with the shoe theme. When you wear pointed toe shoes or booties, or booties that will lengthen the leg. So here’s an example. These are suede pointed toe booties by Schutz.
They are awesome. They’re new, I love them. They’re very lightweight. They’re great for travel because they don’t weigh down your suitcase. They also are insanely comfortable for this style of heel, surprisingly comfortable, and they have a wide toe box.
So if you have a narrow foot and you’re worried about the pointed toe situation, they’re great.
So that pointed toe creates the illusion of an extension of your leg and elongates that leg. So let’s just take a quick look at the pointed toe booties on one side, and then the open-toe sandals on the other. You can see very clearly the open-toe sandals, it sort of just draws the attention. It doesn’t lengthen the leg as much, truncates the leg.
Whereas the pointed toe bootie definitely does that lengthening. Along the same lines, you should match your shoes to the pants. Going back to that example I just showed you, here are the Schutz black pointed toe booties with the black flared Veronica Beard pants. It’s very elongating, very sophisticated. In contrast, here’s a pair of black jeans with white sandals.
And you can see the white sandals are like, boom. They just draw your eye, they draw your attention. They break up the line. Your legs don’t look quite as long. My legs don’t look quite as long.
So matching your shoes to your pants or jeans is key. The next secret to making your legs look a mile long is high-rise everything.
It is high-rise shorts, high-rise skirts, high-rise pants, high-rise jeans that will actually give you more inches. Okay? So let me show you an example.
Let’s go back to the black Veronica Beard pants that are very high rise. The rise goes up to the belly button and compare those with my AG jeans, which are mid-rise. So in this case, the AG jeans go about two inches below my belly button. So basically with that higher rise, I’m buying myself two inches of length. The other nice thing about the high rise is if you have a really long torso, it definitely truncates your torso.
But when you wanna make your legs look really long, you gotta go high rise. Next tip, longer pants. That is exactly how it sounds. You should wear longer pants if you want your legs to look as long and lean as possible. So let me show you an example.
Here, on one side is me wearing the high-rise jeans that add some inches with a long pair of flare jeans. On the other side, you’ve got the AG crop jeans I showed you before, they are about ankle length.
The nearly floor-length flair jeans adds about four more inches to the legs? And especially if you have heels underneath, that can really, really make your legs look super-duper long. So if the goal, again, if the goal is to make your legs look as long as possible, look a mile long, go with the longest pants possible wear the heels underneath, go with the highest rise, and you will achieve that effect no question.
Along the same lines as longer pants, I want you to think about the silhouette of the leg, as well. Wider leg pants are going to elongate the legs. They often are very long, almost dusting the floor, and I recommend half an inch to three quarters of an inch off the ground for maximum length. So let’s go back to the example of the AG jeans, comparing those to those wider leg, Isabel Marant jeans. You can see clearly that with the AG jeans, my legs look shorter, much shorter, even with four inch heels on, it makes a huge difference.
Okay, so let’s take a closer look. You can see here’s the waistband. You’ve got all this leg here. It stops here at the ankle. You compare that with these genes, which are higher waisted.
So you’re probably gaining like two inches there. They go all the way down to the ground, almost dusting the floor, and you’re gaining another like four inches there. The other great thing about the wide-leg jeans, I want to get back to that comment I made before about creating that hourglass shape with the blazer. So you can see at the top, the strong shoulders really exaggerate the line across the top. And then you create that balance with the wide-leg pant at the bottom.
So what you end up with is a true hourglass shape, which is really effective for anyone really, but especially effective for somebody like me, who is more of an athletic shape and not as clearly defined in the waist. Next tip is to tuck it in. Tuck in that shirt, tuck in that blouse, tuck in that camisole.
And if you’re thinking, ah, I can’t tuck anything in because of my tummy. Just wait, I got something for ya, okay?
Be patient. Tuck in that camisole, tuck in that tee, tuck in that blouse and that will definitely highlight the waistband, which highlights the waist and make your legs look longer. Okay? So if the whole point is to make those legs like as long and lean as possible, you want to make sure that everyone can see where the waistband is on your pants. Now, what if, ah, you can’t tuck in because you’re just feeling self-conscious about your tummy, that there’s just, there are a zillion reasons why you don’t want to tuck in, okay?
In that situation, what you can do is you can leave your shirt out with your high-rise pants.
‘Cause your high-rise pants are also going to act like a little Spanx action to kind of suck things in and then, add tip number nine, your crop jacket. So the crop jacket will help define the waist and the shirt or the blouse out will help conceal the tummy. It enables you to create that same effect, but without having your shirt tucked in. Now, if you want to tuck in your shirt or your camisole and add the crop jacket, ooh, that’s great, too!
That’ll definitely elongate your legs.
By the way, if you need an easy way to tuck in that shirt, like a fail-safe way, just grab a hair tie, bunch up the shirt at the end, and then tuck it in. So in this case, I’m using a black scrunchy, a silky scrunchy. You don’t do that, right, ’cause that’s too big. You can use like a clear plastic one or a lighter weight one or lighter color one.
I just wanted you to be able to see exactly what I’m doing and that’s why I used the black silky one. But this is a really easy way to tuck in your shirt and get it right every single time, especially when you wanna do the French tuck. I did a whole video, by the way, on hair tie hacks. And it’s just these like little style hacks that are fun. So if you wanna watch that video after this one, we’ll put a link below in the description box and in the cards.
Okay, last tip is to wear all one color or a monochromatic look.
So obviously wearing all one color is very slimming, elongating in general, head to toe, but it will also add that length to your legs that you’re looking for. But there’s one caveat to this, okay? I think that if the goal is to make your legs look longer, instead of doing something like this where you have the black shirt under the black blazer with the black pants and the black booties, and that’s true monochromatic, I would go with this option, which is the white camisole with the black jacket, the black pants and black booties.
Because the white camisole actually highlights, what? The waist. It draws the eye toward that waist and it highlights the legs so your legs look, what? A mile long. If you can’t get enough of these types of tips to help you look slimmer and longer and taller and leaner and meaner, I’ve done a bunch of these videos, but I wanted to mention a couple.
One that is specifically geared for petite women, that would be women under five feet, four inches. The other one is called five slimming secrets to instantly look slimmer. Hmm, it’s good, you’ll like it.
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