May 18, 2011
Get a Leg Up on SpringTags: get legs ready for warm weather, legwear
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I’ve enjoyed the warmer weather this past week, in part because I get to say hello to more clients in the store as they transition their wardrobes to Spring and get ready for Summer. I’m changing up my wardrobe too, beginning with wearing lighter-weight clothing that shows a little more of me to the outside world. That means my legs and feet have to get ready to come out from hiding. First, I make sure to remove unwanted hair, exfoliate and moisturize my legs, so they look smooth. Our saying at the store is “No hose; pretty toes,” so my next stop is at the salon for a pedicure, which does as much good for the soul as it does for the sole! Finally, all that’s left is to decide what to wear on my legs, if anything. Luckily, we’ve got a lot of options this season, depending on how much coverage is required:
1. Sheer patterned tights. If you prefer (or dress code requires) nylons, choose an updated version of a patterned tight, which comes in nude and light colors, and has dots or other patterns throughout. You’ll get great overall coverage while camoflauging any leg demarcations, such as surgical scars. I just bought Merona Women’s Dot Tights in Grey, which I found at Target. I also like the Hue Medallion patterned tights in Nude, shown on Nordstrom’s website, www.Nordstroms.com.
2. Footless Leggings. More for casual or playful dressing, footless leggings look best on taller women, and are a great addition to skirts or dresses worn with summer shoes. Leggings that end at either the calf (called “Capri Leggings”) or at the ankle are the most flattering; just make sure they cover the widest part of your calf. Nowadays, you’ll find leggings in various colors besides black, and in sheer weights, with or without built-in body shaping features. Just be sure to skip the $495 cashmere versions, for obvious reasons!
3. Toeless Hosiery. This option provides coverage everywhere except the toes, so you can wear them when you want to wear hosiery with sandals. Nordstrom.com carries a control-top version by Donna Karan, called “The Nudes” that works well. Make sure the hosiery color matches your skin tone, so your toes don’t appear to be a different color than your legs. You may need to use a self-tanning lotion on your feet to approximate the hose color, which leads to option #4…
4. Self-Tanners and Leg Makeup. If you prefer to go without fabric on your legs, I recommend the L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning lotion, found online and in local drugstores. Read more about why so many of us at the store like this product in our upcoming June newsletter. Leg makeup gives targeted coverage to colored marks on your legs. Most products spray on and are water resistant so you can have fun in the sun. Let’s just hope we have more of it!