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She’s Got Legs

Even though it’s winter and your legs can hide behind opaque tights for a bit longer, it’s time to start thinking about your Spring wardrobe and fitness routine for the best pins around town.

  • Without a doubt, resistance workouts with weights will help tone and sculpt your legs.  The best exercises for great gams include squats, lunges, and dead-lifts.  However, without cardio to burn the fat on the surface, your tone will never show.  Running, jumping-rope, swimming, elliptical training, etc are all great fat-burners… just keep moving and get a good sweat going.
  • Aside from exercise, the right shoes will help create the illusion of longer and leaner legs with nude-toned high-heels (see pic above).  I recently added the two below Jimmy Choo darlings to my arsenal of shoes for Spring.  These will be perfect with shorts, dresses, and skirts for creating a clean line of color from hip to toe.

  • Know your hem-line.  Avoid letting your hem end at the widest part of your leg.  This means if you have heavier legs, don’t rock very short skirts and dresses… opt for knee-length or slightly above-the-knee and wear high-heels in a neutral shade such as nude, light silver, or light gold tone.  Below-the-knee hems are hard to pull-off without looking overly matronly.
  • Lotions and potions will help as well.  Before going out, put a lotion with a subtle shimmer on your legs to help reflect the light and add tone.
  • Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.  Smooth thighs, knees, and bum are definitely always in style.  Aim toexfoliate in the shower 2x/week and follow with a body oil or lotion immediately after to moisturize and keep your skin youthful.
  • Pedicures.  I have a different opinion on pedicures from most women (I think).  I care much more about the softness and health of the skin on my feet than the color of the nails, although you cannot go wrong with a feminine pink.  Your feet need to be healthy and looked after.  I find that getting a quickie pedicure is pretty much all about the nail polish rather than the foot care, so go to a nicer salon or buy sanders and scrubbers to keep your tootsies looking great for those peep-toe shoes.
  • Shaving, waxing, etc all go without saying…. smooth and silky is the way to go.

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Jump!

Christian Bale from the movie "American Psycho"

Pop Quiz Hot-Shot: What you do when a ridiculously fit, focused, GQ, Christian Bale/American Psycho look-alike at the gym suggests you start jumping rope to burn more fat?  Here’s what you do – pick up a rope, and start skipping baby.  And so it begins….

I picked up a weighted jump-rope in the gym yesterday, turned on my i-pod shuffle, and hopped around for twenty minutes, I felt absolutely FANTASTIC!  Definitely better than walking at a level 7 on the treadmill watching Nigella Lawson’s baking show on TLC.  I was seriously sweating and it felt great… then I followed it up with one hour of weights.  It reminded me about the awesomeness which is jumping rope.

  • Reminds you of being a kid
  • You can move at various speeds
  • Burns insane fat and calories – the best cardio workout ever!!!!
  • You won’t get bored as easily as you might on stationary cardio equipment
  • Easy to travel with a jump rope
  • You look like a cool ninja-type person
  • You get seriously toned legs and a great tush

It isn’t exactly a revelation – I’ve done lots of skipping in the past one year – but not since Thanksgiving.  Plus, my brother actually gave me an amazing jump-rope for Christmas… so I’m starting to see the writing on the wall.  GQ-hottie couldn’t have reminded me about the benefits at a better time either… it’s just about time to start planning a beach & bikini getaway!

 

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Blue Jeans for Athletic Legs


For Ladies with Athletic Legs:

Finding your soon-to-be favorite pair of jeans is pivotal to your 2010 Fall/Winter wardrobe.  As a person with athletic legs, I know the denim shopping process can be particularly stressful for an otherwise easy-to-dress person.

Typically, when we find jeans which fit over our quads, the waist and hips are too big.  Or, the waist and hips are a perfect fit, but our muscular legs now look like sausages.  Before you begin shopping, know whether you will wear your blue jeans with flat or heeled shoes so you are able to have them altered in the shop (if possible).  It is important to be cool and relaxed during the process, as nothing is more frustrating than trying on clothes in a sweaty rush.  Lastly, ask for feedback.  It’s hard to listen to criticism, but it helps to shop with someone who will be honest.  Below with my opinions and rankings for different denim options for women with beautiful, muscular legs:

*****Classic straight-leg cropped, rolled. Just like the skinny boyfriend, but with a more forgiving leg and less slouchy than the original boyfriend.  My favorite new jean.  These feel fashionable and slim… showing the booty, skimming the thighs, and revealing the ankle and calf.  They look effortless and cool and will be wonderful for the rest of summer with strappy sandals… and with an ankle boot for fall.  I purchased mine at 7 For All Mankind and have seen many celebs wearing similar cropped looks these days.

*****Boot-leg jeans. Unfortunately, this jean takes me back to circa 2000 with the flare that balances the hips… so be careful when buying bootleg that there are updated, fashionable details on the jeans such as distressed interest, or some design detail which is modern.  The flare should be subtle and not bell-bottomish.  I suggest wearing with high heels for a long, lean leg.  Your backside is almost guaranteed to look great in these.  Wear with a top that shows your backside and is not too long or over-sized.  These jeans also look stunning with a suit jacket or blazer for a dressed-up/dressed-down look.  As always, for a slimmer look, go with a dark, clean wash.  I like True Religion for their Boot-leg jeans – the stitching is unique and creates a slim leg illusion.

****Wide leg jeans. These are great for athletic legs for a more laid-back vibe.  Shop till you drop to find the perfect pair, in a darker wash and then wear it with a top that has less volume so it balances all the fabric on your lower half.

***Skinny jeans are harder for us, but it is the look of the moment.  Acne and J Brand are the only skinny jeans I like.  Go with slightly heavier weight and darker wash denim that is not too stretchy.  I highly recommend saving skinnies for cooler months, tucked into knee-high boots with a longer top, jacket, or scarf hanging down past the widest part of your hips.  The skinny jean is not the focus of the outfit and you shouldn’t show too much leg in this look.  Stay away from thigh pockets, skinny cargos, and skinny pants with any horizontal detailing across your thighs/quads.

***Flare jeans. Really hit or miss with this style which evokes a more hippy-dippy feeling.  I suggest wearing a more slim top which hits at the waist level if you are slim, or a peasant-style loose top if you are not.  Pair with an attractive belt and a shoe that has appeal when it peeks out from beneath the flare.  As an exception to the rule, this style tends to look fabulous in a lighter wash for a more worn-in look.

**Leggings & Jeggings – A similar aesthetic to skinny jeans, but often more comfortable and less flattering.  These are cute with an even longer top/dress, and high-heels or ballet flats for casual day-to-day excursions.  Sometimes tucking into boots works if the fabric doesn’t bunch at the knees or at the tops of your boots.

**Boyfriend jeans. Not my favorite trend.  It usually looks somewhat  frumpy and unfeminine on most people.  I feel shapeless in this style, though I think 45 RPM makes the cutest options, and in lovely denim quality and true indigo.  This is a great alternative to the classic Mom-Jean if you must.

*Straight-leg jeans are currently slimmer than in previous seasons and tend to look like skinny jeans on muscular legs.  However, they won’t do us too many favors and are only worthwhile if a pair makes the hips and backside look perfect.  These are so-so in my book and I think either go skinny, or go boot… but straight isn’t my cup of tea.

*Skinny boyfriend jeans. I love this trend on celebrities, but after trying on 10 pairs of skinny boyfriend jeans today, I’m here to tell you that this is not our look.  Baggy bum, tight calves, tight thighs, loose waist – worst of every world.  Again – love the look, but it doesn’t suit stronger, thicker legs.

Mom jeans – AKA anything with the double threat: pleat and high-waist.  Pleats tend to make hips and thighs look larger, so try to find trousers with a flat front, and extra stretch for comfort.  Try the brand “Not Your Daughter’s Jeans” which have been receiving positive feedback as the socially acceptable and ultra flattering “Mom Jean”.

The below link will take you to another blog all about blue jeans for different body types with prices and photos.

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