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Q. Everywhere I look I see miniskirts and short shorts. I have to admit, it’s been months since I’ve hit the gym - and even longer since my legs have seen the sun. I’m not ready to trade in chunky sweaters and jeans for minidresses! Any tips on wearing this trend?

A. If the multitude of miniskirts, minidresses and short shorts this spring have you shaking in your (chic) boots, feeling just the tiniest bit insecure about your body, you’re not alone. With spring just around the corner but winter weather still very much here, the last thing our pale, out of shape legs are ready to do is face the world peeking out of short hemlines.

Besides hitting the treadmill and switching to healthier snacks, we’ve got a few tips to help you survive this season’s mini trend:

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1. Hit the bottle: Sunless tanners are your exposed legs’ best friend. Even a hint of a faux tan is enough to make thighs look slimmer. Moisturize well for smooth, sleek gams.

2. Pump it up: The quickest way to longer, more sexy legs? A great pair of heels or wedges. Choose a nude color and avoid ankle straps (like the model shown here) and you’ll add inches in an instant.

3. Not all minis are created equal: Be mindful of the length of your hemline; select miniskirts and shorts that hit right below the widest part of your thigh for the most flattering silhouette. Also, be sure to do the sit-down and bend-over test to avoid overexposure.

4. Loosen up: Choose loose, cuffed shorts and A-line or full skirts to make thighs look skinny by comparison.

5. Use diversion tactics: Choose billowy tops and oversized accessories, like a statement necklace or large handbag, to make the rest of you look small in comparison.

6. Snack wisely:  You can enjoy snacking but don’t blow it on goodies that aren’t worth it. Instead try healthier versions of your favorite snacks. We love Baked! Lays - they taste as good as regular potato chips and only have 1.5 grams of fat per serving. Snacking can be yummy!

Follow these tips and you’re on your way to surviving this season’s mini trend! (c’mon, sing it with us: who wears short shorts?)

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Q. The ankle strap seems to be back this year. Could you please show a few examples of how to wear these sandals so they do not visually shorten your legs.

A. You’re right, the ankle strap is everywhere this season in many variations, from thin and ladylike to thick and rocker-inspired to wraparound gladiator-style. You are also right that they have a tendency to visually shorten legs. Here are some tips for wearing ankle straps:

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1. Flat gladiator styles that often wrap more than once around your ankle can be a tough style to pull off for women with short legs or muscular calves. Look for lighter colors that closely match your skin tone like the model in look 1 above. Wear them with dresses, skirts or shorts that hit above the knee to make your legs look as long as possible. Or, wear them with maxi dresses that cover most of the leg anyway.

2. Look for ankle straps that hit below the ankle, like the pair in image #2. As you can see, they actually dip down towards the foot, giving you an extra inch or two below where the typical ankle strap hits.

3. Look for skinny straps in light colors like the pair in image #3. This will prevent the straps from visually chopping your leg at the ankle. Again, opt for a hemline above the knee. You can also try wearing them with cropped or rolled pants that hit just above the ankle or just below the wider part of your calf.

4. This season’s newest trend is the chunky cage heel which often comes in dark colors and features thick ankle straps - a tough look for anyone with less-than-slim calves or short legs to wear. This style looks best worn with minis or short shorts which allow as much leg to show as possible. As with other ankle strap heels, you can also wear them with cropped or rolled pants that hit just above the ankle or just below the wider part of your calf.

Q. I’m seeking Spring/Summer shoes that are appropriate for a formal office environment and that do not look stuffy outside of the office. I live in the city where walking can not be avoided so they need to be comfortable enough to be worn all day (standing, seated, or walking) , stylish enough to be considered a bit sexy, and between 2 3/4 - 3.5” high. Closed toe preferred or minimal toe. I’m flexible on color as long as they look good for summer.

A. Here are some (relatively) comfortable pumps and peep toes to wear to a conservative office that are cute enough to wear after hours.

Q. I wear suits to the office. I have several brown pantsuits and skirt suits I’d like to brighten up with accessories. Suggestions?

A. Brown is the ideal neutral to use as a base for your work wardrobe. It pairs well with a multitude of colors including pink, blue, orange, yellow, purple, nude and white, and looks great with colorful or animal prints.

The easiest way to brighten up your suit is to wear a colorful printed top underneath the suit jacket. Invest in a colorful, yet versatile, bag like the yellow options shown below. Jewelry, shoes and belts are also great ways to add color. Below are some ideas for you (just don’t wear them all at the same time!)


Sergio Zelcer Women’s Cat Peep Toe Slingback $182 - Endless.com
Banana Cream Tote $188 - Anthropologie
Twisted Seed Bead Necklace - Green $14 - Target
Nordstrom Cabochon Drop Necklace $78 - Nordstrom

Q. What kind of shoes can you wear for Spring and Summer if you don’t like the way your toes look? I see some really ugly toes sticking out of cute shoes and I don’t want to be one of those people!!

A. Footwear options for spring and summer tend to be toe-baring, but don’t fret, there are some beautiful options that will conceal your toes in the warm weather. Some of our favorites include strategic cutouts and perforations which give you the feel of a sandal in a closed-toe style:


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