Now, if you thought we were going to offer an instant transformation from your thighs to those of Elle MacPherson, we apologise.
Believe us, if we had a magic formula to transform regular legs to very long and very slender, we would use it on all of us at SoSensational Towers and then share it with you. Sadly, we don’t have such a formula.
A few things to keep in mind: the shape and length of our thighs is all down to genetics. We can make our thighs slimmer (through diet and exercise) but we can’t ever really change the shape of our thighs though if we get very thin, our natural curves will reduce so much they effectively disappear.
So, SoSensational is going to assume that by the time we hit our 50s, we have come to terms with what nature and genetics gave us, and we are wish to focus on wearing the fashion that will make us look our sensational best.
When it comes to minimising those thighs, SoSensational offers a twin strategy: disguise and distract. We’ll start with disguise.
As we said recently, we are certainly not suggesting that every woman carrying a bit of excess weight should shroud herself in black. However, it is true that darker colours and matte fabrics are more effective at slimming the bits of us we want to slim. And while that absolutely does not mean rejecting colour, it could just mean deciding to wear colour another way. So, choose trousers, jeans or jeggings (or a skirt) in a darker colour and, ideally, a matte fabric.
Another way to disguise those thighs is to emphasise the shoulders by popping a pair of shoulder pads inside your top, tee, sweater or blouse. We are not talking Alexis Colby, Dynasty-style shoulder pads, by the way, just neat little spongy shoulder pads to give some definition to shoulders, instantly making thighs look slimmer.
Another clever “disguise” trick is to roll up the sleeves of your jacket, shirt or blouse. Weirdly, rolling up your sleeves, creates the illusion of longer legs, which means slimmer-looking legs. (With a jacket , the simplest way to do this, by the way, is to roll up the sleeves before putting on the jacket).
If you have wide thighs, wearing wide-leg trousers or culottes is also a good way to disguise thighs – it’s counter intuitive but it works, especially if you team your wide-leg trousers with a short top, or a shirt, blouse or top you can tuck in. When choosing wide-leg trousers or culottes try to ensure they are straight below the waistband rather than gathered as gathers or pleats will make hips look wide.
Another clever disguise/trick to make legs appear longer and therefore slimmer is to wear shoes or boots in the same colour as your trousers or jeans. The shape of the shoe or boot can also add to the illusion of length and slimness so, ideally wear a shoe or boot that makes your foot look longer rather than one with a very round toe that can make legs look shorter!
If you are wearing a skirt, try to ensure your footwear, skirt and tights are all in one colour, as that makes us look taller, thus minimising thighs, too. If the weather is warm and tights are out of the question, wearing shoes in a nude tone that blends with your flesh also “lengthens” legs.
Now, distract. Okay, so your bottom half is taken care of with all those minimiser tricks; now draw the eye up to above the waist:
Scarves – pretty scarves in colours that really look great on you are a clever way to distract from those thighs. If you want to make yourself appear taller and slimmer, wear a long scarf with ends hanging down the front of you. This creates vertical lines which add to the illusion of height, therefore making us appear slimmer.
What are your tips for helping to minimise your thighs?
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