What is the right length for your body shape?

Can you rock an uneven hemline or do you keep away from dresses because you just can’t seem to get it right?

With all of the skirt and dress lengths available, what is the best length for your legs? The truth is, the perfect hemline plays a crucial role in taking an outfit from plain boring to stunning!

To get your most flattering look, you want your hemline to hit a relatively small part of your leg.  If you look at the natural shape of your legs, the widest part is the mid-thigh and mid-calf while the smallest part is the knee and ankle.

As a woman who is over 40, personally I would not wear a mini unless it was as a cover up over my swimsuit… It’s just more flattering to wear a longer length. That doesn’t mean you have to look like a frumpy old grandma though!

Knee length will always be flattering to every body shape and perfect for the over 40 woman. Of course if you have great legs you may even get away with just above the knee length. But any higher could be less flattering.

If you have short legs, an asymmetrical hemline creates a slimming and elongated look. This hemline is flattering to any body shape and also adds more interest to your outfit.

If you have a favourite dress or skirt that’s getting a little short, try wearing it with black tights and ankle boots for a new and edgier look.

I often find the dresses that I like are the wrong length for me. Just a little too long, which makes my legs look shorter (not so flattering) so I make use of a tailor to get the length right.

Nothing is set in stone of course and you may be able rock any hemline, but check yourself out in a full length mirror before you walk out the door. And remember shorter isn’t necessarily sexier.

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