This season we are seeing every kind of hosiery. Have long slim legs? If this is you, anything goes. Take advantage of any type of hosiery that suits your personality and lifestyle.
However, if your legs are not your best asset, avoid texture, designs and bright colour. These will emphasize your legs and make them look heavier. To make your legs look slimmer and longer, opt for darker colours that are toned to your shoes and/ or your hemline. For natural looking legs, taupe is more slimming than tan. However, for a modern look your first choice should always be the tone closest to the natural skin-tone of your legs.
One of the things that I have learned as certified professional image consultant is that looking successful is not just about the garments that you wear. It is also about how they are coordinated, the garment details and your body language. At first glance these men and women look quite professional (okay, except for the elf shoes). They are all wearing what would be considered business attire. But look again, how many mistakes can you see??
The man on the left:
Notice the ripples on the jacket. Either he is pulling down too hard on the pockets with his hands or the jacket is too big around.
His tie is also crooked. (Okay, these things happen)
Shirt sleeve should extend about ¼ to ½ inch below his jacket sleeve for a classic business look.
The woman to his right:
The skirt is too short. For business it should never be shorter than 3 inches above the knee.
A little too much cleavage for work.
The shoes would do better at a night club than at the office.
The hemline of her top worn below the jacket might be alright in a casual work environment, but in a formal office it comes across too casual.
The man with the elf shoes:
Assuming he is wearing a shirt, his shirt cuffs also should be ¼ to ½ inch longer than the jacket sleeves.
With those shoes, his pants are too long. There should be a slight break at the bottom of the leg, not the rumpled look we see.
The woman on the right
The sleeves appear too long, although it is hard to know for sure, since they are buried in her pockets.
Advice for all…
Putting hands in your pockets ruins the line of the garment
Don’t draw attention to your legs when you want attention on your face
Shirt cuffs add sophistication to tailored classic attire
Crossed arms send a negative message – she looks angry
Make sure the width of your pant legs coordinate with the style of your shoes.