Cute Outfits for Summer for Wide Bottoms
Sally Comollo, 51: “I like to cover my thighs with long shorts, but they still showcase my old-lady knees and backside.”
The Problem: The boxy appearance of baggy shorts that hit right above knees causes the eye to scan back and forth, adding optical width from hip to knee — at every angle! Plus, the contrast between dark shorts and pale legs can shine the spotlight on agers like droopy knees, dimply skin, and spider or varicose veins.
The Flattering Fix: Try the season’s lightweight cropped jeans. The light denim material shapes the rear for a more toned look, skims over any flaws, and exposes enough skin at the ankle to let air flow in on a warm day. “And by hitting right above the ankle, this cut pulls the eye down so legs appear long, tricking the eye into seeing a trimmer, higher tush,” says Himel. He adds that detail at the hem lends playful pizzazz while enhancing the leg-elongating effect. Himel’s easy key to even slimmer? “Keeping the look in all primary colors — blue denim, a yellow tank, and red mules — creates a chic colorblock effect that keeps the eye moving up and down for a more statuesque silhouette.”
Get the Look: T.J.Maxx top ($17, TJMaxx.tjm.com for similar styles); Chico’s So Slimming Tassel-Hem Girlfriend Crops ($109, Chicos.com); Shoe Dazzle Shea Block Heels in Red ($40, ShoeDazzle.com); Gen3 Jewels Gotta-Have Glam Beaded Necklace in Mint ($19, ModCloth.com).
Confidence-Boosting Bonus: Mask skin flaws with self-tanner. The bronze tone camouflages everything from purple veins to scars while imparting a healthy glow that gives the illusion of a toned appearance. And one infused with seaweed firms skin to reduce the look of cellulite or arm jiggles as well. Try: VersaSpa Self-Tan Spray with Bronzer ($45 for 6 oz., VersaSpa.com).