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Follow These Simple Styling Tips To Flatter Your Calves

Spring, we're ready for you.

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Whatever our shape or size, we all have hang-ups about our bodies. While we know that every body type is beautiful, we also understand that it’s easier said than done when it comes to embracing your own body. With spring around the corner, you’re going to want to get those legs out and take full advantage of the warmer weather very soon. But if you don’t feel at your best with your legs on display, we hear you. So here are our top tips so you can enjoy dressing for warmer weather in confidence and style. 

Calves can be a real pain to tone and sculpt, let alone slim down, especially since calf-specific exercises tend to build the muscle, making them appear larger instead. But, through clever dressing, there is loads you can do to elongate your legs to Kendall Jenner-proportions so you can feel on top of your game, whatever the weather. 


When choosing skirts, dresses or pants to flatter your calves, look for mid-lengths that finish just below the thickest part of your calves. By doing this, you draw the eye towards the most slender part of your lower leg. This applies to every cut including body con, A-line, wide legs and skinny-fit pants. Finding the perfect length in stores can be difficult, so don’t be afraid to become BFFs with your local tailor – trust us, spending a little extra to get those hemlines is a worthy investment.
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ASOS Curve Tulle Midi Tie Waist - $76
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COS Button Drop Crotch Trousers - €79
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Mango Flowy Striped Dress - $120
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Mango Guipure Midi Dress - $120
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Your choice of shoe is absolutely key when trying to elongate your calves. Bypass the ultra-flat ballets and look for casual shoes with just a small hint of a heel for everyday wear. You don’t have to wear sky scraper stilettos all the time (although they will lengthen and thin out your calves the most) – even the most minuscule of heels will give your legs the lift they need. Try choosing nude shades that blend into your skin tone for even more lengthening: the more foot you bare, the better. Pointed toes also give the illusion of thinner pins more so than round or square toes, plus they're one of this season's biggest trends so take full advantage of all the new-season stock. 

The ankle strap is not your friend, so ditch it, and avoid any shoes that cut you off at the ankle unless they have a wide or angled opening. The idea is to create a longer line rather than to cut up the leg into distracting sections.
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Steve Madden Paiton Heels - $99.95
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New Look Wide Fit Rose Gold Court Shoes - £17.99
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River Island Pink Contrast Ballet Flat - $56.00
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Steve Madden Cheers Suede Heels - $109.95
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Pinstripe pants are not only a big-hitter this season but also lengthen your leg from the top to the toes. To really take advantage of the pinstripe, choose pants with a high waist and an extra long hem for model-worthy legs in seconds.
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Topshop Pinstripe Cigarette Trousers - $55.00
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New Look Petite Grey Pinstripe Tie Waist Trousers - £7.00
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Sisley Pinstripe Trouser With Cuffed Ankle - $98.00
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H&M Cotton Joggers - $34.99
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A great fitting pair of knee-high boots will instantly thin out your calves and are worth investing in for their versatile nature. The skinny jean's best friend, they can be worn almost all year round, paired with skirts and dresses of all lengths, too. Do choose a pair with a great fit around the calf, an easy way to test this is to ensure you can fit your thumb in at the back. Too loose and they’ll look cheap, too tight and they’ll be uncomfortable. Feel free to browse the shoe sections of your favorite plus-size retailers as they often carry larger calf sizes for knee-highs, and opt for elasticated inserts or lace ups instead of constraining zip closures for easier fitting.
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Evans Brown Adjustable Straps Long Boots - $75.00
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Jeffrey Campbell Raylan Over The Knee Boot - $199.99
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Blondo Velvet Waterproof Riding Boot - $200.00
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Evans Long Wedge Boots - $69.50
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Compression tights might sound awful but they're actually pretty great. Opaque black tights with slimming technology work best but might not be what you’re looking for on a sunny spring day. Once considered the granny of the tights industry, nude tights can work if you do them right. Always choose a nude shade closest to your natural skin tone and in the correct size – wrinkly knees are always a bad look. Nude compression tights will firm-up any lumps and bumps, producing a more streamlined look and even making your newly acquired knee-high boots easier to slip on. What's not to love?
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Spanx Luxe Leg Bootiful Tights - $38.00
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H&M 30 Denier Shaping Tights - $7.00
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No Nonsense Great Shapes Super Sheer - $15
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Sigvarious Compression Tights - $60.00
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Lastly, another great way to give the illusion of skinnier stems is to adopt one color for your whole outfit. You can choose varying tones of the same shade, but the closer they are to each other, the better. By color-matching your look, you create a long, vertical line from your head to your toes, allowing the eye to be drawn down the body without any distractions.
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Mango Cotton Short Trench - $119.99
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COS Wide Neck Top - €59.00
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COS Elastic Waist And Cuff Trousers - €79.00
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Evans Nude Patent Bow Court Shoes - $65.00
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