How To Disguise Cankles

Do your calves go straight to your ankles? Most likely, your genes are to blame. But that doesn't mean there's nothing you can do about them.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Lose some weight if you need to; being overweight is one cause of cankles. If your weight isn't an issue, focus on exercises that target the legs -- jumping jacks, squats, lunges, calf raises, and step work.
  • Step 2: Consider liposuction. But before you do, have a checkup to make sure there isn't a medical reason for your thick ankles.
  • FACT: Shoe designer Christian Louboutin insisted that Barbie's ankles be slimmed down when he collaborated on a limited edition of the famous doll.
  • TIP: Go on a salt-free diet if your body tends to retain water.
  • Step 3: Put hemorrhoid cream on your cankles and wrap them in a bandage overnight. It may help shrink them temporarily by getting rid of the extra water that can accumulate below the calf.
  • TIP: When wearing sneakers, choose footsies -- socks that just reach the rim of your kicks -- over higher socks.
  • Step 4: Wear long, flared pants that fall over a tall heel. Avoid any kind of tapered pants, like cropped chinos or skinny jeans.
  • Step 5: Wear the right footwear. Skin-tone shades and wedge heels elongate the leg and deflect attention from the calf. Or try d'Orsay pumps; the cutaway sides give the illusion of a slimmer ankle. Avoid ankle straps and kitten heels, which call attention to the problem.

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