How to look good wearing miniskirts and short shorts

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:


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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  1. Vivian
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 16:30:12

    Where can I find a cheap version of the shorts in the picture??


  2. Sarah
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 06:23:09

    Great tips, and very useful. I’m glad i found this information. Thanks!


  3. Gina
    May 12, 2009 @ 16:01:44

    Great advice! I’m not a miniskirt or shorts short person anymore… but I so agree with the tan legs and self tanner scenario. Thanks for the helpful hints.


  4. NancyDrew
    May 12, 2009 @ 19:10:32

    How can I wear heels with shorts and not look cheap? Is there a perfect heel height? I’m pretty tall but have short legs!


  5. Laura
    May 12, 2009 @ 21:39:01

    Shorts….. any length…. evil….


  6. socalpisces
    May 12, 2009 @ 23:45:10

    style emanates from the inside. confidence is sexy. go for the short shorts or little mini!


  7. claire
    Jun 06, 2009 @ 21:31:12

    Yes, shorts leave me a bit self conscious. However with the right fit and shoes, they can make legs look pretty damn good. Check these great shorts out by Saint Grace at Goldyn:


  8. Anne McGurty
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 13:30:08

    I’d like to know how to look fashionable wearing Dansko clogs. They are so comfortable.. but I’m transitioning from high heels and want that chic look.. is it possible?


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