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What to do if you're short or bowlegged?

Updated on October 29, 2009
Flair pants make your legs look straighter by hiding the undesirable shape of the legs.
Flair pants make your legs look straighter by hiding the undesirable shape of the legs.
Jessica Simpson showing her legs in daisy dukes.
Jessica Simpson showing her legs in daisy dukes.

What to do when you are short or bow legged?

What to do if you’re Short or Bow-Legged?

We all would love to have those straight endless legs and stand tall in the midst of a crowd. However, not all of us are blessed with the gift of the iconic “hot legs”.

Dread not, for there is a way to make your legs look straighter [and longer] with these tips below:

Wear Heels

This one’s an obvious one! Of course heels make you look taller, but indeed they also make your legs look straighter. The problem is, a lot of women are not so thrilled of wearing heels all the time since we love the comforts that flats and sneakers bring to our feet. However, wearing heels really works on making your legs appear straighter and this is due to the way your legs are stressed as you stand on the front part of your feet.

If you don’t believe it, try standing in front of a mirror and stand on your toes and see.

No Skinny Jeans

Sorry honey, but skinny jeans is not the most flattering thing for you to wear. This does not mean that you can not look hot in jeans. It is advisable that your pants should be boot-cut, straight cut or flair. This will hide the undesirable curve of your legs and make them look straighter.

If you choose to wear pedal or Capri pants, make sure that they are below the knee. Jogging pants which are not too tight are also very helpful!

Short Shorts and Skirts

Just because you don’t have the straightest of legs doesn’t mean that you can’t show them off and look good. It is best to wear relatively short shorts and skirts – a little shorter than the usual. This will make your legs look longer because more of your femur (your thigh) is exposed, which is the longest bone in your body. This will divert the attention to your femur giving the appearance of longer legs. Pairing this with a nice pair of heels will give you the perfect combination of long and straight legs. Believe it or not, showing off your skin really does make your legs look longer and straighter.

TIP: Pair this outfit with a less revealing top to neutralize your look.


Leg exercises make your legs look firmer and especially thinner thighs which gives the illusion of longer legs. Lots of these exercises can be found on the internet.


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      jess 5 years ago

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      jess 5 years ago

      I have bow legs and I´m also very fashion conscious. I´ve come across - they seem to be offering trousers made for women with bow legs.

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      bowlegged 6 years ago

      thank you so much for the tips