How to Size a Waist Cincher.

A waist cincher is a great way to achieve an hourglass shape quickly. Choosing a waist cincher in the correct size is a little different from buying clothes, though! You’ll need to learn the different kinds of cinchers available, how to measure yourself accurately, and how to buy the right cincher for your needs.

Part 1 Choosing a Style.

1. Choose a waist training corset if you want a very small waist. If you want a very small waist or an extreme hourglass figure, you’ll need a full waist-training corset with boning. Boning is interior structure similar to the underwire on a brassiere. It’s what holds your waist in tight. Corsets need to be purchased from specialty shops--you will not be able to find them in your local lingerie department.

This kind of cincher is stronger and forces the body into an hourglass shape, so it's also best for people who do not have a waist smaller than their hips.

2. Buy shapewear for more general shaping needs. If you only want to slim down a little or have a more proportionate figure, choose shapewear. Shapewear is usually made of thick stretch fabric, which holds the flesh in. You can buy shapewear at any lingerie department.

Shapewear is recommended for post-pregnancy and post-surgery bodies.

3. Decide between over- and under-bust styles. Waist cinchers come in both over- and under-bust styles. The over-bust style covers the chest and functions as a built-in bra, while the under-bust is for your waist area only. Over-bust cinchers are good for costuming, fetish wear, and creating a proportioned silhouette. Under-bust cinchers are great for wearers who just want to focus on their waists.

4. Pick a material. There are lots of materials to choose from, and what you select will affect the fit of your cincher. If you’re interested in corsets, be sure your corset has steel boning and steel clasps. Plastic or wire won’t be sufficient to get the shape you want. For shapewear, look for thickness and stretchability in the fabric. Rigid or thin material won’t hold your waist in.

Corsets often come with covering material made of velvet, satin, or vinyl. This doesn’t affect the performance, so choose whichever you like best!

Buy shapewear that matches your skin tone. It will make it much less visible under your clothes.

Part 2 Taking Your Measurements.

1. Find your natural waist. Your natural waist is the narrowest point of your torso. If your shape is straight or rounded, a good way to pinpoint your natural waist is to look in the mirror while bending your torso to one side. The deepest fold in your torso is your natural waist.

2. Run a tape measure around your waist. Hold a tape measure at your natural waist against your bare skin. Run the tape measure all the way around, holding it taut against the body. It shouldn’t pinch or create folds of skin over the measure, but you shouldn’t be able to slide anything under it either. When the tape is all the way around your waist, check the measurement and write it down.

Be sure the tape is even around your waist!

If you don’t have a flexible tape measure, you can use a piece of string. Just lay it flat and measure it afterwards.

Many people find it helpful to measure their waist three times and use the average as their final measurement.

3. Measure your hips. Your hips are the widest point between your groin and your navel. Run the tape measure around your bare hips just like you did with your waist. Write down your measurement.

Be sure to label each measurement!

4. Measure your chest or under-bust area. For most cinchers, the top will align with the bottom of your chest. Regardless of your gender or breast size, you’ll need to measure from the bottom of your pectoral muscles or breast tissue. You should be able to spot this very quickly! This measurement is a little harder to do by yourself, so it might be helpful to ask a friend to hold the tape for you. Measure around the entire under-bust area and write down your measurement.

You may need to run the tape measure under your breasts.

5. Run the tape measure around your bust (optional). If you want an over-bust cincher, you’ll need to measure your bust. Find the widest point and measure all the way around. Like the under-bust measurement, this may be easier to do with a friend helping you.

Be sure to remove any clothes or undergarments. This can distort your measurements.

6. Measure your torso. Waist cinchers often have different heights to accommodate torso lengths. To measure your torso, sit down on a hard surface with your back perpendicular to the ground. Hold one end of the tape measure at the base of your pectoral muscles or breast, and run it along your torso until you hit your leg. This is your torso measurement!

You can do this measurement fully clothed.

Part 3 Buying a Waist Cincher.

1. Choose a brand. Which brand you choose is mostly a matter of personal preference and budget. If you aren’t sure which brand is the best for you, talk to the staff at your local lingerie department or specialty shop. It’s important to be brand-specific because most brands make their own size charts.

2. Compare your measurements to the brand size chart. Go to the brand’s website or store display and compare your measurements to their size chart. Your cincher size will probably not be the same as your clothing size, so make sure you check the chart carefully!

If you are unusually tall or are postpartum, be sure to ask if the brand has a separate chart for you. Many do!

3. Choose shapewear that doesn't feel tight. Shapewear is meant to be a subtle change that focuses on smoothing and shaping rather than changing your body size. Shapewear should feel snug on you, but it should never feel tight. Try on several sizes until you find one that feels snug but comfortable.

If you want to wear your shapewear with a specific outfit, bring it with you to your fitting.

4. Pick a corset between 4 inches (100 mm) and 7 inches (180 mm) smaller than your natural waist if your waist is less than 38 inches (970 mm). If you're new to corseting, pick something around 4 inches (100 mm) smaller than your natural waist at first. You can always size down later for more advanced waist training.

5. Try a corset 7 inches (180 mm) to 10 inches (250 mm) smaller than your natural waist for plus sizes. If you are plus-sized or if your waist is larger than 38 inches (970 mm), you can pick a much smaller corset than your actual waist size. This is especially true if your torso is more fat than muscle--you'll be able to "squish" much more of your body into the corset! Remember to start out with a less restrictive corset if you're a beginner.

6. Round up your size estimate. If you find that your waist size falls between two brand sizes, round up to the larger size. It’s easy to adjust a cincher to be a little tighter, but if it’s too small, there won’t be much you can do to fix it. Also, resist the urge to start as small as possible! Going too small too quickly can result in nerve and organ damage, irritated skin, and difficulty breathing.

7. Try on your cincher. If you can try on a cincher before buying it, do it! It’s natural for a cincher to feel a little uncomfortable at first, but watch out for signs that it’s too small. If you experience pain, pinching, or difficulty breathing, size up to a larger cincher. If you find it easy to move immediately or feel the cincher shifting, you’ll probably need to get a smaller size.


Talk to your corset's manufacturer about recommended use. Most manufacturers and retailers suggest gradually increasing your waist training time, and they usually recommend against wearing it all day every day.

Many corsets are meant for fashion use only--they don’t actually cinch your waist. Be very careful buying corsets online. Look for boning, steel components, and laces made of cord.

December 05, 2019

How to Make Legs Bigger (for Women).

Are your legs so skinny you get comments every time you wear shorts? Getting bigger, more shapely legs can take a while, since legs that are naturally skinny tend to stay that way and can become even smaller with age. The good news is you can add some inches by doing a series of leg exercises and eating plenty of calories to fuel muscle growth. If all else fails, you can also create the illusion of having bigger legs using a few style tricks. Read on to learn more about how to make skinny legs bigger.

Part 1 Rethinking Your Routine.

1. Eat more food. If you're on a diet, you're going to have trouble building leg muscle. In fact, you won't build muscle unless you take in plenty of calories to feed muscle growth in your legs. This doesn't mean you should go wild and eat everything you want, but when your aim is to get bigger legs, getting more calories is essential. Eating 3 regular meals plus snacks filled with high quality foods will also help you gain some healthy weight, adding shape and definition to your legs. Fill up on the following healthy foods.

Eat a lot of protein. Protein is essential to building healthy muscles, so you need to be taking it in at every meal. You can eat lean beef, pork, poultry, fish, seafood and lamb, or if you’re a vegetarian, tofu, beans, and eggs.

Whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and nuts are also essential. These should be the mainstay of your diet.

Avoid empty calories like processed sugars and flours, fast food, cakes, cookies, chips, and other snack foods that will make you feel run down instead of energized.

Try supplements. Some people find that they can accelerate the process of muscle growth by taking supplements like creatine, a powder that supplements the body with a naturally-occurring acid that builds muscle. Creatine is considered to be safe in doses of 5 grams per day.

2. Focus less on cardio. When your aim is to get bigger legs, running, power walking, and swimming aren’t going to do you many favors. These exercises use your energy stores to keep you moving for a long period of time. That means that you’ll have less left over to focus on high-intensity muscle building. Try substituting cardio exercises that can help build leg muscle like uphill cycling or hiking up hills.

3. Do weight training. Weight training exercises focus your body's energy on the particular muscle you're working out, breaking down the fibers so they can build back up bigger and stronger. Doing weight training exercises focused on the legs will lead to the shapely legs you desire.

4. Do intense workouts. Your leg muscles are used to carrying your body (and whatever else you’re holding) up and down stairs and everywhere else you go throughout the day. To make these muscles grow, you need to focus on doing workouts more intense than those you might design for parts of your body that don’t get as much exercise. That means every workout you do should get your heart rate up and cause the muscles in your legs to “burn,” so to speak. You need to break down the fibers and have them build back up stronger and bigger.

For each exercise, lift as much weight as you can lift using the correct form for 10 reps. If you can lift the weight easily for 15 reps, it’s too light. If you can’t lift it more than a few times without needing to stop, it’s too heavy.

Add more weight after a few weeks to keep up the intensity.

Use explosive bursts of energy, rather than slowly going through the motions. Exercising explosively builds the muscle fibers of the legs. Be slow on the eccentric motion, then explosive on the contraction.

5. Rotate muscle groups. Don’t work out the same group of muscles day in and day out. If you’re focusing on your calves one day, do an intense workout on your quads the next. This way your muscles get a chance to rest and get stronger in between workouts. It also keeps you from plateauing by keeping your muscles in a state of "shock,” putting them through the process of breaking down and building back up every stronger.

If you do a hard workout that includes squats, box jumps, and leg curls one week, switch to stiff-legged deadlifts, lying leg curls and lunges the next week.

Adding weight is another way to keep from plateauing. Add more every two weeks or so.

Part 2 Making Your Legs Appear Bigger.

1. Wear flared pants. These hug the thighs but flare out at the knee, making the lower leg look larger and adding flattering shape to the leg line. You don’t have to go for bell bottoms, unless you like that look. Even a slight flair will change your silhouette and make your legs look a little bigger.

2. Avoid skinny pants. These are designed to make your legs look like matchsticks, so you’ll want to stay away from them if your goal is to have bigger legs. If you absolutely must buy skinny pants or jeans, look for some with whiskering around the thigh and knee areas. Whiskering breaks the leg line and creates the illusion that your legs are bigger.

3. Look for patterned tights and pants. Go for floral, striped, polka-dotted, or tye-dyed tights and pants - the more colors, the better. When you wear patterned fabrics on your legs, they leave more of a visual impression. Wearing dark, solid colors, on the other hand, can make your legs look thin and small.

4. Wear knee-high boots. Boots that come up to the knee can completely change the way your lower legs look. Choose slouchy, thick boots instead of skin-tight boots. Wear them over jeans or tights to give your legs a fuller appearance.

Wearing boots over pants adds a little bulk to your legs. Try wearing knee-highs over a pair of jeans for a fashionable look.

5. Wear skirts and dresses that hug your body. If you wear skirts and dresses that are loose and billowy, your legs will look smaller by contrast. Wearing skirts and dresses that are cut a bit closer won't make it look like your legs are being swallowed by fabric.

6. Wear dresses and skirts that fall just above the knees. Wearing hemlines that fall an inch or two above the knees will make your legs look less small. Wearing very short skirts and dresses draws attention to your legs, while wearing hemlines that fall below the knees can emphasize the contrast between your skinny legs and the fabric you're wearing.

Part 3 Doing Exercises for Shapely Legs.

1. Do squats. This is the single best exercise you can do to help fill out your thighs, since it engages the most muscle fibers in the area. If you're a beginner you can do squats without weights. For more advanced athletes, hold a barbell bearing weight you can lift for 10-12 reps. If you’d prefer not to use a barbell, you can use two dumbbells instead. Here's how to correctly do a squat.

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.

Bend your knees and squat, lowering your bottom until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Keep your knees aligned right above your toes.

Hold the position for 10 seconds.

Push back up to starting position.

Repeat 10-12 times for 3 sets.

2. Do walking lunges. Do sets of 10-15 reps for each leg. Start with one set and build up to 3 or 4 sets. Try holding dumbbells at your sides to add resistance and help build more muscle. These work your glutes, quadriceps and hamstrings, and over time they can help you build muscle to make your legs fill out.

Take a big step forward with one foot.

As you step, drop your back knee toward the floor.

Keep your torso perpendicular to the floor.

Rise into starting position and lunge with your other foot.

3. Do box jumps. This is another great exercise you can do with minimal equipment, and it’s great for getting bigger calves. Stand in front of an exercise box or step that you can easily jump upon. The taller the box, the more difficult it will be. Start with toes pointed toward the box. Jump explosively and land on the box with the balls of your feet. Jump back down to the floor. Repeat.

Be sure the box you use is heavy enough that it won’t slide when you land on it.

It’s not a good idea to use dumbbells when you do box jumps; you might need your hands to catch yourself if you trip.

4. Do leg extensions. For this exercise you will need a leg extension machine, which is standard in any gym with a weight room. Start with weights that provide light resistance and go for the burn.

Sit on the leg extension machine with your knees bent and your feet under the lower bar.

Extend your leg, keeping a slight bend at your knee even at the peak of the motion, then lower it.

Repeat 10 - 12 times for 3 sets.

5. Do standing leg curls. This is another exercise that requires a machine to complete. You'll need to use a leg curl machine that allows you to lift weights by attaching a cable to your ankle. Load the machine with as much weight as you can lift for 10 reps, between 20 and 50 pounds (or more).

Attach the cable to your ankle with the harness and grab the support bar with your hands.

Bend your knee toward your behind as you lift, then straighten your knee again.

Repeat 10-12 times for 3 sets, then switch to the other leg.4

6. Do stiff-legged deadlifts. This exercise focuses on your hamstrings, essential for building more sculpted legs. You’ll need a barbell loaded with weight you can lift for 10 reps without needing to stop.

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, and hinge forward at the hips. Bend the knees as much as you need to to pick up the weight, then straighten the legs until you have a slight bend at the knee. From there, tighten your abs and with a completely straight back, lift your torso back upright while contracting the muscles of your buttocks and the backs of your thighs. Grasp the barbell with your hands.

Keeping your legs straight, lift the barbell to your thighs, then lower it back to the floor.

Repeat for 3 sets of 10-12 reps.

Sample Exercises

 Exercises to Get Big Legs for Women (with Weights)

 Exercises to Get Big Legs for Women (without Weights)


If you're on a strict diet and don't exercise frequently, your legs will stay skinny. The combination of calories and muscle workouts are key to muscle development.


Work with a trainer to make sure you don't overstrain your muscles during intense workout sessions.

December 05, 2019

How to Make Your Hips Wider.

Stars like Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Vergara have made the hourglass figure increasingly appealing. While a narrow waist is important, increasing your hip size is just as effective in achieving the look. If you'd like to have wider hips, here are some steps to help you look curvaceous.

Method 1 Altering Your Physique.

1. Do exercises that target the hips. Side leg raises, hip raises and squat kicks should all be part of a hip-enhancing exercise regimen. The mac-daddy of hip-widening exercises may be the side lunge with dumbbells. This is a beefed-up version of a traditional lunge that allows for more resistance, and therefore, more potential muscle growth and hip width.

Plant your feet a little more than two feet apart. Turn your toes out slightly. Bend your right knee and come down into a lunge position. Your left leg will be completely straight and act as a pivot

Come down until your thigh is parallel to the ground. Clench the butt muscle Then using hip power, push yourself back up, straightening your right leg. Do not put your feet back together. You are going to maintain the 2-foot distance between your feet during the entirety of this exercise.

Now, lunge down to the other side. Come down until your knee is bent at a 90-degree angle and then push back up. Again, straighten your legs and keep both feet in place. This posture protects your knees, lets you keep tension on the muscles better and use heavier resistance.

Add two dumbbells. Hold one dumbbell in each hand. As you lunge down to the right, the right-hand dumbbell should be on the outside of your right hip. The left-hand dumbbell should be held in front of your body down between your legs. Reverse your hand positions for the other side--left dumbbell on the outside of your left hip as you lunge to the left, right dumbbell down in between your legs.

2. Try yoga. There are many yoga poses designed to open your hips. This will build muscle and allow for greater flexibility, which in return will make other hip exercises easier. The Frog, the Pigeon, the Lizard and the Cow Face are all poses you'll want to get familiar with.

3. Sit on your butt. You can get bigger hips (and a larger derriere) by simply sitting. According to a study published in the journal Cell Physiology[6], researchers determined that the pressure placed on the buttocks and hips from too much sitting can generate significant fat build-up in those areas. Cells respond to their environment. As one researcher explained, fat cells that are compressed by extended periods of sitting "produce more triglycerides (the major form of fat stored in the body), and at a faster rate."

4. Give birth. While you certainly wouldn't get pregnant for this sole purpose, a woman's hips will widen to make it possible for her to give birth. In some cases, hips will return to pre-pregnancy size with time, but in other cases, bigger hips become a permanent part of a woman's physique.

5. Consider surgery. If you're willing to go under the knife to achieve a Kim Kardashian look, there are procedures worth investigating. You can have the fat removed from various areas of your body via liposuction and then transferred to your hips. Or you can also get hip implants in which "slices" of silicone are placed under the skin and substructures to give you a more curvaceous appearance.

6. Wait it out. Turns out our hips get wider as we age. Research findings suggest that it's not necessarily added weight that causes hips to look bigger as we grow older, it's pelvic growth. In a study that used participants ranging in age from 20 to 79, researchers found that the width of the pelvis, the distance between the hip bones and the diameter of the hip bones all increased as people got older and that the pelvic width of the oldest people in the study was, on average, about an inch larger than the youngest.

Method 2 Using the Art of Illusion.

1. Pad your hips. You don't have to actually widen your hips to get the look of a fuller, more feminine hips.

Purchase hip-enhancing briefs. You can buy an undergarment that comes with removable, foam pads that add inches to your hips.

Use silicone hip pads to create fuller hips. Plan to hold the pads in place with adhesive or tuck them into an undergarment made from a tightly woven microfiber or a pair of pantyhose or tights.

Keep in mind that your new, fuller figure may make it difficult to fit into your favorite jeans, so a shopping trip might be necessary.

2. Revamp your wardrobe. You can use dress in ways that emphasize your hips and give the illusion of greater fullness.

Make your waist the focal point when dressing. Use belts or sashes to cinch in your waist. This will give you the look of an hourglass figure.

Pay attention to cut and color. Faded denim and pants in lighter colors accentuate the hips. Choose jeans that have defined waistlines to accentuate your waist or go with a straight cut. Look for styles that feature front pockets and smaller pockets in the back.

Buy skirts with ruffles or multiple layers of fabric to add width to your hips.

3. Adjust your posture. Stand with your back straight, shoulders dropped and back and your weight on one leg, hips thrust out. This creates an S-shaped curve in the body. Place your hands on your hips with thumbs facing forward and fingers pointed back behind you.

To create this S-curve when you're sitting, simply cross your legs or put your weight onto one hip.

4. Swing it, sister. Swinging your hips when you walk draws attention to this area and gives out a feminine vibe that can't help but draw a little male attention. Keep your back straight and pull your shoulders down and back. Relax your body. Put one foot in front of the other as you walk and let your arms swing naturally. You can emphasize the swing in your hips a bit as you walk, but don't overdo it. If it's too highly exaggerated, it could come off looking comical.

To enhance the effect, put on a pair of heels. Heels cause your hips to sway without you having to force the movement.


Eat lots of protein and get plenty of phytoestrogens from soy, flaxseed, and tofu. Estrogen lowers your waist to hip ratio while also increasing bust size.

There are several other exercises that are good for the hips. Vary your routine, so that you will not get bored with one exercise.

Be committed.

Use heavier weights to build muscle (10 lbs to 15 lbs should work for most women).

Do lots of squats and don't wear pants that are tight at the hips.

Wearing short shirts (not necessarily crop tops, just shirts that don't cover your bottom) with a pair of leggings can be very flattering for your hip area.

Don't be discouraged if you don't see results immediately. This process takes time and dedication to show the effects.
December 05, 2019

How to Make Short Legs Look Longer.

If your short legs are getting you down, there are things you can do to help them look longer. Wearing the right types of clothes and shoes can really help make your legs look longer and leaner. Pair leg-lengthening fashion choices with a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise, and you’ll have longer-looking legs in no time.

Part 1 Choosing the Right Clothes.

1. Wear clothes that fit. Fitted pants and tops that seem custom made for your body will make you look long and lean. If you’re petite, shop in the petite section of stores to boost your chances of finding clothes that fit properly.

Baggy and ill-fitting clothes will only make you look frumpy, and will do nothing to lengthen your legs.

Avoid buying clothes that don’t fit you perfectly. If this is unavoidable, either have your clothes tailored or tailor them yourself so that they fit well.

Make sure that your pants are hemmed correctly, so that they just graze the top of your foot. Don’t let them bunch up and wrinkle at the top of your foot or shoe, as this will make your legs look shorter.

2. Wear high-waisted skirts and pants. Aim for skirts and pants that go just above your natural waist. These will make your legs look longer by giving the impression that your legs start where your waist does.

Low-rise bottoms will generally lengthen your torso and make your legs look shorter, so avoid these.

3. Avoid long, untucked tops. Wearing long tops will make your torso look longer and your legs look shorter. Tucking a top into high-waisted pants will give the illusion of longer legs.

4. Wear cropped jackets and tops. Tops, sweaters, and jackets that end anywhere from your waist to just above your hips will shorten your body and lengthen your legs, especially when paired with high-waisted bottoms.

5. Wear skinny jeans. A lot of experts recommend wearing skinny jeans or narrow straight-legged pants, particularly in dark shades, to give your legs a longer appearance.

This is particularly effective when the pants are worn with heels in the same shade — for example, black jeans with black pointy-toed ankle boots.

6. Wear wide-legged pants with heels. Make sure the hemline grazes the floor at the back, and the top of your foot at the front, while you’re wearing heels. If the pants are too long for you, your legs will look shorter, so get them tailored or hem them yourself if need be.

Wide-legged pants have much the same effect as skirts and dresses, as they can help hide exactly where your legs start.

Aim for high-waisted, wide-legged pants for maximum leg-lengthening effects!

Pair a wide-legged pant with a wedge for a comfortable, retro look.

7. Wear dresses and skirts. Dresses and skirts conceal where your legs start, which can help give the illusion of longer legs. A-line and pencil skirts are good choices. Higher waistlines help with the leg-lengthening illusion.

Short skirts with high waistlines are great for making your legs look longer.

8. Check your hemlines. In particular, avoid skirts, dresses, and pants whose hemlines fall around the calves, as this is generally the thickest part of the leg. A hemline that ends at your calf will likely make your legs look thicker and shorter.

In addition, be careful about wearing hemlines that cut straight across your legs, as these can interrupt the line of your legs and make them look shorter. Asymmetrical hemlines make the transition from fabric to leg more smooth and clean, giving the illusion of longer legs.

9. Aim for a clean silhouette. The cleaner the lines, the more long and lean you will look in general. In particular, avoid bottoms that have embellishments on them, as these could make you look more bulky, and your legs look shorter.

Bottoms to avoid include pants, skirts, and dresses with cuffs, pleats, or big pockets.

Also avoid bottoms with low back pockets, which can make your bum look lower and your legs look shorter.

Jeans with horizontal tears and distressing on them may also cut up the line of your legs and make them look shorter.

10. Seek vertical details on bottoms. Wearing bottoms with vertical piping, creases, or lines on them will help make your legs look longer by drawing the eye up and down the length of them.

Pants with vertical stripes on them will work well.

11. Wear a monochromatic outfit. Wearing one color from head to toe will help you — and your legs — look long and lean. Stick to darker shades for the best results. A popular color to wear is all black.

Part 2 Choosing the Right Footwear.

1. Wear high heels. High heels are a quick way to give your legs an instant length-boost. Even low heels will help, so don’t feel obligated to immediately jump into the highest heels you can find.

Aim for the highest heels you can wear while still being comfortable. Having longer-looking legs will do nothing to boost your confidence or make you look sexier if you can’t walk in your heels!

2. Wear shoes that match your legs. Whether you’re wearing a skirt, a dress, or pants, opt for a shoe that matches whatever color your legs are. Doing this will make your legs look longer by creating an uninterrupted line down your legs to your feet.

If you’re wearing nude nylons or bare legs, wear a shoe that matches the natural (nude) color of your legs.

If you’re wearing blue jeans, go with a bare/nude-colored foot and a nude heel.

If you’re wearing black skinny jeans or black tights, wear black high heels or ankle boots.

3. Get creative with color. You needn’t wear the exact same color of shoe as your legs to achieve longer-looking legs. You can achieve the same effect by wearing shoes in a similar shade to the rest of your outfit. This is particularly true for dark colors.

For example, you could wear a pair of dark brown or navy ankle boots (don’t forget the pointy toe!) with black skinny jeans. If you’re doing this, however, be sure that your shoes still go with the rest of your outfit!

4. Avoid shoes with ankle straps. The straps will interrupt the long line of your legs, and can make them look shorter. If you do wear ankle straps, go with short shorts or a miniskirt to increase the length of uninterrupted leg.

You can also wear ankle-strap-shoes with skinny jeans as long as the straps are high up on your ankle and thus right at the hemline of the jeans, so that there is no gap between the jeans and the strap.

5. Wear pointy-toed shoes. Round- and square-toed shoes can make your legs look shorter. Pointy-toed shoes help flatter and lengthen short legs. The more foot that is exposed (i.e. the lower the vamp), the better.

Pointy-toed shoes make your legs look longer by making your feet look longer, so pay attention to the length of the point to ensure that it still looks good with your feet.[26] You don’t want to look like you have clown feet!

6. Wear shoes that have a low vamp. The vamp is the part of the shoe that covers the top of your foot from your ankle to your toes.Shoes with a low vamp, that covers only the toes (and maybe even shows some toe cleavage), will make your legs look longer.

Avoid flats and heels with high vamps, as these can break the line of your leg and make it look shorter. The exception to this is ankle boots in the same color as your pants/tights. Just make sure that there is no skin- or other-colored gap between your pants/tights and your shoes.

7. Wear boots with a v-shaped cut-out at the ankle. If you’re wearing boots, consider the same principles as the horizontal hemline for skirts and dresses: an asymmetrical or v-shaped line will create a smoother transition between your skin at the fabric, making your legs look longer.

8. Try tall boots. Some stylists recommend against calf-hugging boots, but lower or higher ones can work well to lengthen legs. Aim for a boot that fits your leg snuggly, and wear it in the same color as your bottoms.

If you’re wearing a skirt or dress, aim for a hemline that extends past the top of the boot so that there is no gap between your hemline and boot, which would interrupt the line of your body.

Part 3 Exercising for Long, Lean Legs.

1. Know how much exercise you need. Experts recommend that healthy adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity each week. In addition, you should do strength-training exercises at least twice a week.

Examples of moderate aerobic exercise include brisk walking, swimming, or household chores such as mowing the lawn. Vigorous activities include running or dancing (e.g. Zumba).

Examples of strength-training exercises include lifting weights or using weight machines, or rock climbing.

Note that you can combine moderate and vigorous activities as well, for example by going for a walk with intervals of running.

2. Aim for at least 30 minutes a day of physical activity. If you are looking to lose weight, you may need to do more than this. Some experts recommend aiming for 300 minutes of exercise a week.

Dancers are famous for their long, lean, and toned legs. To get legs like a dancer, consider incorporating some dance classes into your weekly exercise routine.

3. Maintain a good posture. In all of the exercises you do, be sure to maintain a good posture. If you’re standing, your shoulders should be back and down (not hunched), your abs should be firm (tummy pulled in), and your chin should be parallel with the floor.

If you’re on your hands and knees, your hands should be stacked below your shoulders, and your knees should be below your hips. When you look down, the creases between your hands and wrists should be horizontal and parallel with the front of your exercise mat. In addition, your stomach should be strong (pulled in), your shoulders should be pulled down and away from your ears, and your neck should be long, with your chin slightly tucked.

4. Do lateral leg lifts. This exercise helps with posture, core strength, and balance, and strengthens your inner and outer thighs, calves, and ankles. You can wear ankle weights to add an extra boost to this exercise:

Stand with your feet together and your hands on your hips. Your knees should have a gentle bend to them — make sure they’re not locked.

Soften your left knee slightly and tighten your abs as you lift your right leg sideways as high as it will go, then glide your leg back down the same way you lifted it, until your foot is just above the ground.

Pulse your right leg back up twice before returning to stand with both feet beside each other.

Transfer your weight to your right leg and repeat the two-pulse leg lift with your left leg.

Continue to alternate legs until you’ve completed 20 reps on each side.

5. Do bow and arrow lunges. This exercise builds balance and core strength, lengthens your quadriceps, and strengthens your buns and thighs:

Stand with your feet hip width apart and your arms extended out in front of you at shoulder height.

Take a big step forward with your left leg and then bend both of your knees to 90-degree angles to lower into a forward lunge.

Be sure that your knees are directly over your ankles and not extended past them. Your knees should not be hanging over your toes.

Use your left heel (front leg) to push back up into a standing position, then rotate your body and toes so that you come to a wide-legged squat. At the same time, pull your right arm back across your chest, as if you’re pull the string back on a bow and arrow.

Push through both of your heels to return to your left-leg lunge with your arms straight out in front of you.

Repeat 20 times on one side, then switch to the other side.

6. Do kneeling knee dips. This will strengthen your glutes, hamstrings, and inner and outer thighs. Be sure to keep your abs tight, your shoulders down (away from your ears), and your neck long (chin slightly tucked) as you do this exercise:

Get down on to your hands and knees, with your knees beneath your hips and your wrists beneath your shoulders. To protect your wrists, make sure that your wrist creases are in line with your exercise mat (i.e. horizontal). Use a mat to protect your knees.

Pull your left leg backwards to cross your left knee and foot over your right calf.

Maintaining that angle, push your left knee out to the side — it should go slightly back and up — and then lower it back to its position over your right calf, being sure not to let it touch your calf or the ground.

Do 20 reps on before switching to your right side.

7. Explore other leg exercises. Included in this article are just a few leg-lengthening exercises. Other exercises that will help make your legs look lean and long include pliés, leg lifts, squats and lunges, and leg rolls.

8. Don’t forget to warm up and cool down. Warming up and cooling down before and after exercise, respectively, will improve the quality of your exercise and help prevent soreness and injury.

The idea with warming up is to lightly work the muscles you intend to use in your main workout. Aim to do at least a few minutes of light cardio (e.g. walking) before weight-training or going for a run, for example.

Give yourself at least 10 to 15 minutes to do some light cardio and stretching after a workout session. As an example, after a run you might walk for a few minutes and then transition to a stretching session.


Wearing one color from head to toe (a popular one is to wear all black) can make you look long and lean — meaning longer-looking legs!

The common tip that all style experts give is to create an uninterrupted line down your body, from your head to your toe, to look as long and lean as possible. Keep this in mind when planning your outfits.

Black tights or stockings are a leg-lengthening must-have.[41] Pair these with some black heels and a black mini-skirt, or a skirt or dress with an asymmetrical hemline.

When buying jeans, choose darker shades as these will help keep your legs looking longer and leaner.

Use a bronzing moisturizer to give your legs a little extra glow and make them look longer and leaner.

In addition to exercising and dressing well, eating healthfully (lean proteins, whole grains, low carbs, and healthy fats) and drinking enough water will help keep your legs lean and toned, which in turn will make them look longer.

Short shorts may also give your legs the appearance of being longer. Just be sure to wear shorts that fit you well and don’t cut into your thighs, hips, or waist. High-waisted cut-offs with a lot of stretch that fit well around your hips and bum are a good choice.


Try not to let your short legs make you feel bad about yourself. Maybe you’ll never be a supermodel, but you can be beautiful in your own unique way, inside and outside!

Long hair can make petite women look even smaller. If you’re short, you’re better off having short to medium-length hair, which will help make you look a bit taller.

Avoid wearing shoes that contrast drastically with your legs, as these will break up the line of your body and make your legs look shorter.

Being leaner will help your legs look longer and leaner. Just be careful that you lose weight healthfully, and only if you are not currently at your healthy weight. Avoid crash diets, bingeing and purging, or restricting your intake, as doing these things can lead to significant health problems, including death.

December 03, 2019

How to Make Your Legs Look Longer.

Many people wish they had longer legs. While you cannot alter your genetics, there are a few tricks you can use to create the illusion of long, lean and sexy legs. Wearing bottoms in the right colors can elongate the appearance of your legs, while making smart choices about hemlines, waistbands, and shoes can also go a long way towards creating that look you've always wanted.

Method 1 Finding the Right Shoes.

1. Add more high heels and platforms to your wardrobe. The most obvious way to make your legs seem longer is to wear shoes that add inches to your height. High heels will also force your feet to extend, which makes your calves look longer and more shapely.

Avoid wearing heels too often. Over time, high heels can damage your joints and cause chronic back pain.

2. Wear shoes that are close to your skin tone. A shoe that blends in with your skin will create a long, uninterrupted line when you're wearing skirts or shorts. Both the solid color and added length from your feet will create the illusion of longer legs.

3. Match your shoes with your pants or stockings. You can also create that same uninterrupted line by coordinating your shoes when wearing tights or pants. For example, try wearing black hosiery with black heels. This monochromatic look creates a clean line as the eye travels from the top of your leg straight down to the floor without stopping.

4. Avoid ankle straps. The horizontal straps cause the viewer's eye to pause early, making your legs look shorter. Ankle straps have the opposite effect of high heels and v-shaped cuts. If you love ankle straps, consider wearing tights in the same color as the strap to prevent the line of your legs from being broken up.

5. Wear long boots. Over-the-knee boots create a clean, uninterrupted look from your lower thigh down to the floor. Knee high boots have a similar but less exaggerated effect. Ankle boots, on the other hand, cut your leg off just above the foot. Like ankle straps, they make your legs look shorter than they are.

An ankle boot with a v-cut at its top instead of a horizontal line is exempt from this rule. A pointed v-cut ankle boot can even make your legs look longer in its own right, as they extend the line of your legs downwards.

6. Go for a pointed toe. A pointed toe will extend your feet (and your legs) twofold: First, shoes with pointed toes typically have at least an inch or two of extra space making them physically longer than a round-toe shoe in the same size. Second, the tapering point also creates the illusion that your feet (and consequently legs) are even longer.

Method 2 Playing with Your Silhouette.

1. Tailor your clothing. A streamlined silhouette will make you look taller overall, lengthening the appearance of your legs. Clothes that fit poorly can bulk up your silhouette, making you look shorter. Meanwhile, well-fitted clothes will look sleeker. If you can't find clothes that fit perfectly off the rack, bring your garments to a tailor or learn how to alter hems at home.

2. Wear monochromatic outfits. Try creating outfits made up mostly or entirely out of a single color. When your clothing is all one color, it can be harder for someone to tell where your legs start and end.

While all colors work for the leg-lengthening monochromatic look, very dark colors like black will have the greatest effect.

3. Cover your legs with dark colors. Black has a slimming effect, making your legs look longer. You don't have to go monochrome to benefit from black's leg-lengthening power. A pair of black tights or skinny jeans will go with anything.

4. Add vertical stripes to your wardrobe. Vertical details draw the eye up and down, creating the illusion of additional length. This is why vertical stripes are well-known as a "slimming" pattern. Use this to your advantage by wearing pants, stockings, and skirts that feature vertical stripes.

Piping, sharp creases, and vertical rows of buttons can create the same effect.

5. Choose jackets that are a little on the short side. A cropped jacket will have an overall lengthening effect when worn on a shorter frame. They will also balance out a longer torso, making the legs look longer.

While cropped jackets will make your legs appear longer, stay away from midriff-baring shirts if you have a long torso. A crop top will further elongate your trunk.

Jackets with only slight taper instead of a full crop can also give the illusion of longer legs.

6. Wear skirts and dresses with the right cuts. If you're trying to balance out a longer torso, A-line skirts will make your waist appear higher and your legs longer.  Empire waists are also good for this body type, as they create the illusion of a raised waist by shifting focus up. This cut also works well for those with overall petite figures, as an empire waist can also elongate one's frame.

7. Look for high-waisted pants and skirts. The eye naturally assumes that your leg starts where your waist starts. By wearing high-waisted bottoms, your legs will appear to start higher on your torso. Consequently, they will look much longer than they actually are.

8. Tuck your shirt in. Just like a high waist makes your legs appear longer and your torso shorter, a long shirt will do the opposite. To keep a loose blouse from making your legs look shorter, be sure to tuck it in. Pair a tucked-in shirt with a high-waisted bottom for extra leg-lengthening power.

9. Avoid low-rise jeans or pants. As you may guess, low-rise pants have the opposite effect of high-waisted ones: They make your legs look shorter. If you're trying to make your legs look longer, you should ditch the hip-huggers. If you don't like the high-waisted look, don't go to the opposite extreme. Instead, simply wear pants that rest at your natural waist.

Method 3 Minding Your Hemlines.

1. Keep your hems high. A simple way to make legs look longer is to show them off. Wear shorts and short skirts often. The shorter the cut, the longer your legs will look.

2. Wear skirts with asymmetrical hemlines. Straight, horizontal hemlines interrupt the eye as it travels down your leg. Maximize the amount of length you can get from wearing a skirt by choosing an asymmetrical hemline. An asymmetrical hemline will soften the break, allowing the eye to follow smoothly down your legs.

3. Avoid skirts that fall at your calf. Because calves are large muscles, they tend to be the thickest part of a person's legs. When a skirt ends at the calf, it can make even the tallest person look stumpy. Instead, stick to skirts that fall either closer to the ankles or at the knee or above.

4. Consider pants that are low-hemmed and wide-legged. Wide pants that just graze the top of your foot will make your legs look slender in comparison while creating that long solid line that lengthens their appearance. On the other hand, shorter pants will cut the line equally short. Likewise, pants that touch the ground are a bit too long and will make you seem shorter.

Method 4 Contouring Your Legs.

1. Exfoliate your legs with a scrub or body wash. Just like many people contour their faces with makeup, others use contouring to make their legs look longer and more shapely. Before you begin contouring, you will need a smooth canvas to work from. An exfoliating scrub will remove dead skin cells, leaving you with smooth, clean, blemish-free legs.

2. Moisturize your legs. Smooth some of your favorite lotion onto your legs. Moisturized legs will be much easier to work with than dry dusty ones. The smooth, satiny finish will also catch natural highlights better, creating a lengthening effect of its own.

3. Apply self-tanner over your legs. Follow the directions on the bottle of your self-tanner of choice. Spread only a thin layer over your legs, focusing on areas near muscles and joints. Use an applicator mitt to perform this step in order to get an even finish and reduce staining your hands.

For a less permanent contour, you can use bronzer or a slightly darker foundation instead of self-tanner. When using this type of makeup, be sure to blend it into your skin well with your fingers using small circular motions.

4. Use an "instant glow" moisturizer or shimmer lotion for highlights. Select a second moisturizer containing a lightening shimmer. Apply it to where light would naturally hit your legs: along the shins, down the center of your thighs, and around your calf muscles.


Always look at yourself wearing the outfit in a full-length mirror to determine whether or not it makes your legs look longer and flatters your figure. If you're not sure, ask a family member or friend for a second opinion.

Keep in mind the overall shape of your body when choosing what to wear. For example, if you have larger thighs, a mini skirt may make them look thicker, since it places a horizontal line directly across your thighs. This length may make your legs look bulkier instead of longer. Work with pieces that flatter your overall figure, rather than just your height.

December 03, 2019