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what can i wear on my legs with a knitted dress?

(25 Posts)
HauntedLittleLunatic Fri 16-Sep-11 11:28:27

I have bought some fab knitted dresses which look great on and suit my figure well ( size 14 top 16 bottomB cup blobs, slim waist bit heavier on the bottom.and thighs tho).

However my knees and calves are hideous. I can wear leggings but that still shows the awful shape of my legs. My calves are too fat for skinny jeans or knee high boots. Any suggestions other than dropout.g the delusion and taking dress back?

Blu Fri 16-Sep-11 11:30:19

Opaque tights and knee high boots from Evans or DuoBoots which fit your calves nicely!

HauntedLittleLunatic Fri 16-Sep-11 11:33:40

I'm not sure even Evans boots will fit sad

And opaques will still show the shape of my knees....I think I have made a terrible mistake. The dresses both look so lovely and flattering from mid thigh upwards...

moonshine Fri 16-Sep-11 11:36:38

Instead of skinny jeans have you tried straight leg ones? Marks for instance do some which are roomier on the lower leg while still giving a compact look.

HauntedLittleLunatic Fri 16-Sep-11 11:38:45

I do wear straight legged jeans. Wasn't sure they would 'go' tho?

alwaysrunninginheels Fri 16-Sep-11 11:40:40

I think you are probably being really hard on yourself. I cannot remember ever looking at another woman and thinking "wow she has hideous knees"!!! Honestly i would go with really thick tights and high boots! Bet you will look great!l

Blu Fri 16-Sep-11 11:42:59

I wear sweater dresses over straight (not skinny) jeans.

DuoBoots are about the same price as many other boots but are made to emasure, and arrive v quickly.
You sound like a cmpletely normal build - how can your knees be so awful they need to be hidden? Good strong opaque tights can have quite a 'smoothing' effect.

I would never in a million years wear an above the knee skirt or dress with bare legs, (feel to old, have wrinkly baggy kneees etc etc) but wear quite short sweater dresses with opaques and boots.

But if you really don't feel confident that you will enjoy wearing them, then take the dresses back and look for a long sweater that does the same thing?

HauntedLittleLunatic Fri 16-Sep-11 11:43:01

When I say hideous knees I am talking upper leg fat overhang....think muffintop on the knees.

moonshine Fri 16-Sep-11 11:48:13

I wear short dresses over jeans and think I look absolutely fine. I have chubby knees but the right pair will mostly skim over them enough for them not to be noticeable. I'm sure you are your own worse critic and it's easy to say but I honestly think most of us don't notice other people in such detail unless they are roaming the streets vitually naked. And who cares what random strangers think anyway!

moonshine Fri 16-Sep-11 11:48:55

straight jeans

HauntedLittleLunatic Fri 16-Sep-11 11:55:15

Ok, I might see if I can do a photo later today and you can be my critics...

CaptainNancy Fri 16-Sep-11 12:59:08

Where are the dresses from please? [nosy]

HauntedLittleLunatic Fri 16-Sep-11 13:05:09

They were only Tesco cheapy's as I don't have anywhere to wear them. But having just lost over a stone and a half was treating myself to something nice for me.

Have also seen a gorgeous one in next but can't justify the price. Will see if I can find links.

HauntedLittleLunatic Fri 16-Sep-11 13:14:51

This is the next one. Was lovely with a wide belt.

These two I thought were very good value and if I only wear them a couple of times won't be the end of the world. The striped one is my favourite,4,shop,catgwomens,womens-knitwear

HauntedLittleLunatic Fri 16-Sep-11 13:16:33

don't think the link worked

petaluma Fri 16-Sep-11 13:34:25

I have the same problem. The best thing I found was some sculpting Wolford black opaque (but with a sheen) tights - pretty darn expensive but they've outlasted tens of pairs of others when I've tried to wrestle them on, and they sit quite high up so they give more of that lovely 50s hourglass figure, rather than a lumpy, cutting-your-circulation-to-your-fanjo silhouette.

I can't wear normal high heels so low wedges still give an impression of height and shapeliness.

CaptainNancy Fri 16-Sep-11 15:02:15

Ooh- that F&F ribbed dress is the business!

How long is it please? (I am 5'0" btw...)

I often wear trousers underneath btw, because I'm always cold!

Can't see the striped dress.

I think leggings are pretty much universally unflattering but a good pair of black opaques can have a slimming effect. M&S Autograph do some v high denier ones that are bloomin' brilliant. Have you tried Clarks for boots? I am slim of calf and their boots are far, far too wide for me - so they may have something that would suit.

Also, M&S are seeling something which they are calling 'coated jeggings' but are actually a rather nice pair of black cotton jeans with a slight sheen effect to them. I only grabbed them to try on with some tops one day (was wearing a dress and didn't want to just look at myself in a top and knickers!) and they are actually surprisingly nice. I haven't bought them yet but am v tempted.


whoneedssleepanyway Fri 16-Sep-11 16:23:55

that striped dress is gorgeous OP. can I ask what the dresses are made off, are they some kind of wool mix, the website doesn't seem to have the details.

i would say thick black leggings, there is no-way anyone would be able to pass comment on your knees through those

mathanxiety Fri 16-Sep-11 17:21:31

Here's a boot page for larger legs. They are pricey but a good boot that you can wear might last you years.

Well done for losing the weight. The dresses are lovely. Sometimes patterned tights can camouflage shape well (thinking paisley or something of that sort); with the plain dresses this might be an option. With the striped one (just a theory as I couldn't open the link), plainer tights would be best, or something more small-pattern fishnetty.

HauntedLittleLunatic Fri 16-Sep-11 19:29:47

Can't believe ulyou like them. I am hideous with fashion but mn like my style smile

The ribbed one is 100% acrylic and sits just above my knees (5'2")

The striped one is 80% viscose 20% polyester and sits just on my knees.

CaptainNancy Sat 17-Sep-11 00:46:13

Thank you! smile

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sat 17-Sep-11 13:06:16

i got some marvellous cigarette pants for wearing with tunic type tops. they are a very close fit to the thigh, but then are slightly looser through the lower leg, and a nice heavy material. they are £££ but worth it in terms of what they do for my hideous legs.

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