What To Wear If You Have Thick Calves and Ankles

February 5, 2021

Do you feel anxious and uncomfortable when you try out a new dress in a store? We have the perfect solutions for you! It's important to feel good about yourself in your clothes and accept your body type. Just because you have curves and thick calves, that doesn't mean you can not style your juicy body. Keep scrolling to discover all the secrets of making your thick calves and ankles look slimmer!

Jeans & Pants

The tip is to create a balance between the upper and lower body, thus your bottoms should flare below the knee. You're lucky enough, as this season the ’70s flare pants are making a huge comeback. Opt for a high rise, classic denim bootcut or fluid bell-bottoms to hide bigger calves. Avoid wearing tight trousers that taper towards the ankle as the material will cling to the calves and enhance their size.


Also, straight full-length jeans are also ideal for you, plus they give you height.

Reformation, Liza High Straight Jeans , $98

ASOS, Curve hourglass flare jeans, $27.35

Jumpsuits & Suits

Go for a loose, wide-leg shape jumpsuit with a belt, to define your waist and highlight your curves! You can either go with one color from head to toe or mix&match!

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If you want a more chic appearance, try a tailored-fit suit with a long blazer and high-waisted pants. Matching your shoes is optional!

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PLT, Emerald Green Woven Plunge Wide Leg Jumpsuit, $43.00

Skirts & Dresses

The general rule is the wide the hemline, the slimmer your legs look. The key is to avoid pencil and clingy skirts that stop either before or at mid-calf. Instead, choose a hemline that finishes below the knee or an ankle-length. A-line skirts are perfect!


Nasty Gal, High-Waisted Plus Size Polka Dot Skirt, $16.00

As for the dresses, you can go for wrapped dress with a high side slit to add some allure and sexiness to your look!


Heels & Boots

When it comes to shoes, choose a style that balances a thicker calf. Pointed toed shoes and low vamps tend to be more flattering, while visually slim and elongate. A slingback shoe that wraps at the back of the ankle instead of in front is ideal for you. Nude shoes will save you, as you match the color of your skin to your shoes, you gain a few inches!

Avoid: skinny stilettos, spike, kitten heels and shoes with ankle straps, which create too much contrast and draw the eye to the calves. 

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Choose boots that stop just below the knee when worn under your trousers. Knee-length boots are your best option, but choose them in a dark color and with elastic side panels for the best comfort and fit. If you go for a skirt, throw a pair of dark opaque tights with matching booties and your legs will instantly look slender!


Boohoo, Block Heel Knee Boots, $40.00

Slouchy boot is a bit hard to spot, but think of a boot that slips right on and is…super slouchy. Brands like Free People and Urban Outfitters always have good slouchy boot options.


ASOS, Slouchy boots in ecru, $80.00

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