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I want to wear skirts again!!
Am I too old with ugly legs????
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Date: 4/10/11 6:17 PM

I won't show you my legs, but I have ALWAYS, since birth (my baby pictures are proof,) have had thick ankles and very muscley calves. When young, I wore what was in style because that's what young people do, but as I aged, I became more self conscious and wear only long pants and pants and skirts that hit below calf, almost to the ankle.

I am 63, 5'1" and about 130, silver grey and blond and a little thick in the middle, but nicely proportioned. I want to wear some of the cute just-below-the-knee skirts but that and mid-calf are not so great loking with my lower legs. I am even more self conscious since I saw Michael Kors quoted as saying the maxi look should not be worn by people with "cankles." He meant ME. Why did he have to use a word like that to describe my legs? Calves-ankles>>cankles....so mean and it makes me sad.

Would you wear a style because you love it even if it is not the most flattering on you? I am so torn. The watercolor prints are so beautiful and would be so pretty made up in one of these cute new below the knee patterns. I know I can go longer, but that's what I already do. So, again, would you wear a style that doesn't completely flatter you????

Thanks for any input. Blunt honesty appreciated

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Date: 4/10/11 6:31 PM

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because you love it

I think that's your answer right there. If you love it, if it makes you feel happy and beautiful, then wear whatever you darn well please. I'm pretty sure you'll look better in it then Michael Kors would.
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Date: 4/10/11 6:35 PM

I would wear skirts if I wanted to (and I do), though if I had thicker ankles without a lot of calve/ankle definition I probably would stear clear of the longer look. Michael was right, just not in how he said it - that wasn't necessary, but he can be quite snarky at times. Right at the knee or JUST below it would be nice. Don't cover up that dip you get just below the knee - that's what will give you definition and shape. Having some volume in the skirt will also help you look "lighter" and less "grounded". And so nice in spring and summer fabrics.

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Date: 4/10/11 6:36 PM

Sweetie, without seeing a picture of you, we are only going on how you "think" you look. Your ankles might be perfectly fine to everyone else. We all have our "problem spot". It's not going to really matter what we say, you have to feel comfortable in what you are wearing. If you feel your ankles are unattractive in a shorter skirt or pants, you will not enjoy wearing them(even if we say "go for it"). I should be thinking of blouses with a bit of a sleeve this summer, but when the humidity and a hot flash hit, I don't mind if a bit of arm wiggle is in sight.

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Date: 4/10/11 7:12 PM

I think you could wear skirts -- with a flattering shoe or boot--and with the skirt at a length flattering for your legs. Leggings are in fashion, so wearing skirts with leggings is an option too, unless it's too hot for that in your part of CA.


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Date: 4/10/11 7:17 PM

JTink is right - it depends on if YOU feel comfortable enough to wear it, not if we would feel comfortable enough to wear it.

I happen to love long skirts. And I often wear them, even though they probably aren't the best look for me.

If you decide to go with shorter skirts, look in the mirror & hem the skirt to the narrow part just below the knee. That tends to be a good spot for length. Mid-calf would probably make your leg look thick; it does with many people.

And keep in mind hosiery & shoes. Would a shoe with an ankle strap be better or worse? I really don't know, but you might want to try on a few pairs and see what you think. Regardless, shoes certainly make a difference in the look of an outfit. (This is coming from someone who really needs to go shoe shopping!)

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Date: 4/10/11 10:56 PM

I say go for it.
I also have muscly legs, and strong ankles. I feel fine in a knee length skirt. If you feel like you need to try it out gently, wear something to attract the eye to the top - like bright colour, scarf, jewellery.

Mel

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Date: 4/10/11 11:05 PM

OK, you're not stuck with the need to avoid styles you find attractive. For one thing, your ankles, as pointed out, may not look the same to others as they do to you.

There are various conservative approaches to the problem.

As you know, exercises, though good for the body generally, don't really do spot-reducing. One thing that does work in many cases, budget permitting, is liposuction.

I am not promoting the surgical approach (though I have nothing against cosmetic surgery), but if this is an issue that has dogged you throughout your life, it might just be worthwhile to have a consultation with a couple of well-regarded cosmetic surgeons who specialize in this area.

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Date: 4/10/11 11:07 PM

Skirts are one of the nicest garments to wear and to sew, INO. Go for it, and enjoy it!

I'm 5'1" and used to have pretty legs (see cute 2-yr.-old in my current avatar, lol), but now I have one knee that's misshapen because of osteoarthritis from an old injury. I always wear skirts below the knee -- anywhere from just a tad below the knee to a few inches below the knee. Much lower than that puts me into short/middle-aged-lady-frumpiness territory. But maybe that's just me.

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Michael Kors quoted as saying the maxi look should not be worn by people with "cankles." He meant ME. Why did he have to use a word like that to describe my legs? Calves-ankles>>cankles....so mean

He used that cruel made-up word because (from what I've observed) he is mean. Designers in general really only want to see "fashion" on model-shaped bodies. But that's a whole 'nother topic.

That said, I'm your height (heavier than you, though) and I would not look good in a maxi skirt -- I think it would kind of cut my short bod in half... or swallow me up, one of the two.

-- Edited on 4/10/11 11:12 PM --

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Date: 4/10/11 11:10 PM

I agree with others that if you have thick ankles, shorter skirts (knees or just under) is much better for you than longer ones (mid-calves or lower). So the shorter style you want to wear will probably be more flattering, not less.

So go for it!

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