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Look Taller and Thinner: How to wear a Pencil Skirt

The Pencil skirt and Heels combo can be a girl’s best friend, if worn correctly! It’s sexy, sophisticated and figure flattering. Here are some details to remember when working this 70 year old classic into your wardrobe.

1. For Longer Looking Legs: For the best long lines, the skirt should hit at the knee or right below. If you are worried about thick calves or short legs, never wear anything that hits at the thickest part of the calf. It will visually thicken the calf and shorten the leg-line. If need be, get it altered or shop in the petite section for a better fit.

2. Slim the Hips: If you are really hippy, make sure the line of the skirt falls straight down from the hip instead nipping in at the knees, which makes the hips look wider. (Also, full skirts are almost never flattering for bigger hips)

3. Accentuate the Positive: Accentuate a waistline and draw the eye upward by wearing a high waisted skirt or belting right at the natural waistline. This is the narrowest part of most women’s bodies, right below the ribcage. To balance a hip, wear a blousy top instead of a fitted one.

4. Get the Right Shoes: A high heel always makes you look taller. Add a platform for more stability and even more height! Avoid heels with an ankle strap if you have thick calves or are on the petite side. The ankle strap visually shortens the leg line. If you need all the help you can get, a nude color heel keeps the visual illusion of height going! If you aren’t worried about height, or heels aren’t appropriate for your work, a classic loafer or ballet flat are always great options!

Rock it out! Have fun mixing solids, patterns, belts, shoes and accessories. And ladies, for goodness sake, use a full length mirror! Turn around, move and walk around. If it jiggles, shows dimples, or you can see panty lines, put some Spanx (or the like) on! Plus, you’ll look like you lost 5 pounds!

(Featured picture is from this cute blog: http://perfectionpossibilities.blogspot.com)

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