Dress right for your leg type
No matter what your leg shape, image consultant Tom Shaw of The Image Exchange has great advice on showing them off to maximum advantage.
The golden rule
There is a simple rule here that applies to all legs, whether they're long, short, fat or thin. Never and we mean NEVER cut a trouser or skirt through the fattest part of your leg. This means don't buy skirts, shorts or trousers that end mid thigh, mid knee or mid calf. Trust us, it will make you look fatter. Above or below the three mid points is the golden rule.
Short and thick legs
You'll find the simple things make all the difference. For starters make sure your tops don't reach past your hips, and that they don't end on your hips. This will only make you look shorter and wider. Check that the rise (the space between the crotch and the waistband) is not long or baggy, and try hipster trousers as they may fit better.
Avoid baggy trousers since this often gives a boxy look. Do wear dark plain colours as this will give a slimming illusion and don't buy anything with horizontal lines. Skirts and crop trousers shouldn't be longer than below the knee. And of course, don't forget every girl's friend, the stiletto for adding instant height. If you can't walk in high heels, at least go for a kitten heel.
Short, thin legs
The rules are very similar to those for short, thick legs. Avoid big prints, since this will only make your legs look thinner. Instead, look for finer, smaller prints and you could also try lighter colours on the bottom half of your body. Capri pants are great, but make sure they are no longer than mid calf. Again, you need to avoid really baggy trousers, as these will only make you look thinner.
Leggings are another good option. As we approach winter, you'll find that opaque tights and leggings in bright colours will be everywhere, please don't follow this trend if you're over 25! Again make sure the rise of your trousers isn't too long as this alters the appearance of length in your legs.
Long thick legs
Avoid Capri pants as, these will make your legs look even longer and wider. Leggings are a no no, and don't even look at tapered jeans. Bootleg and flared trousers will balance your proportions and a good pair of flat-fronted wide-legged trousers will look brilliant on your pins. Open-toe sandals and wedges will give a slimming effect and make sure the heel on your shoe isn't too delicate as this will fight against you.
Look for more of a stacked or thicker heel. A-line skirts in big bold prints are still looking fresh so grab one now! Again, the obvious answer: wear dark colours on your lower half. But try to get some detail on them, perhaps some funky brooches on back pockets - just make sure they are big or they will be lost!
Long, thin legs
If you have long thin legs we'll start by saying we hate you and why are you reading this anyway! But we'll give you the following advice, wear anything short, dig out those heels and fake tan and make the most of them - you'll hit 50 and be kicking yourself as to why you didn't do it before.
The only style we would say avoid is really baggy trousers, because if you have thin legs it's quite likely that you have a thin body, and this will just make you look like you have fat hips. Well-fitted denim jeans or cut-offs will look great on you. A-line skirts may make your legs look a little too thin but a sexy pencil skirt will look brilliant.
Heels will make your legs longer. Keep your pretty pins tanned, moisturised and silky smooth. It's not often the sun comes out, so make the most of it while it does.