For the imperfect Fashion lover.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

When Legs get Old | 7 steps to Great Legs.

Fake Fabulous | Gold and Khaki

Lets talk about legs.

As someone who spent (almost) their entire life hating their legs (and thinking they were ugly and offensive) talking about legs can be a touchy subject.

I spent over 30 years of my life covering up my legs, and hiding them away.
If I did wear a skirt I used to layer up my (thick) tights and always wore long boots.
By the time I had made peace with my pins, they were well past their best.
Curses to my time wasting!

{BTW, I regularly tell my girls that their legs are long, lithe and absolutely perfect. Which, of course, they are!}

At 42, I am well aware that my legs are far from perfect.
They may be slim (I now refer to them as slim instead of skinny, or scrawny).
However, slim legs can look aged and scraggy as we get older.

Most of us (regardless of whether we have slender, athletic or curvy pins) carry some imperfections...
Odd fatty deposits with no apparent purpose or reason.
Baggy knees.
Strange lumps on the shin bone.
Scrawny, loose skin on the thighs (especially the inner thigh).
Scars (everyone, that ever played outside as a child, has at least one).
Spider veins.
Varicose veins.
Swollen ankles.
Uneven skintone.
Mottled skin (aka. corned beef legs).
Small bumps/pimples.
Dry skin.
Scaly knees.

All in all, legs can cause us a whole host of problems.

So, what can we do to improve things?

I know a fake tan can help, but I tend to go patchy and orange, so I usually avoid them. I do have a Decleor gradual tanning moisturiser, which I don't use often enough because of the funny biscuit-like smell that all tanners seem to have (even when they claim not to).
Tights are brilliant in colder weather, and good quality sheer tights can work in the warmer months.
However, in sandals, bare legs are the only way.
{I have tried toeless tights and the loopy bit that goes through your toes is agony, and I mean AGONY!}
So, I have decided that (when the weather allows) my legs are coming out.
Lumps, bumps and baggy bits be damned!

Fake Fabulous | Gold dress and khaki jacket

Today I decided to wear a mustard/gold dress that my blogging friend Anna had sent me from the beautiful Isles of Scilly.
When I initially opened the parcel I was surprised, and delighted.
The dress is a beautiful quality and well finished.
I knew that I would never have given this dress a second glance myself, so I was very pleased that Anna had opened my mind to something new.

{Please note: These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago, when we had a warm spell and my legs could come out without the danger of losing a toe.}


Fake Fabulous | Gold and Khaki

This is one of those dresses that needs minimal effort to make it into an outfit.
It is embellished enough not to need jewellery (although I popped on a pair of simple earrings) and choosing shoes was easy.
Light tan sandals.
Adding a jacket (it was not that warm), large shades and a scarf finished things off perfectly.
No real thought needed at all.
Just an easy, and effortless, look.

Fake Fabulous | Gold and Khaki

7 Ways to improve the look of your legs:

  1. Exercise. Obvious, I know, but it does help muscle tone and the structure of the underlying tissue. You don't need to go crazy at the gym with treadmills or weights. Just take a regular brisk walk.
  2. Keep them fuzz free.  As we get older we may not be able to see those leg hairs as well as we used to. Rest assured the rest of the world CAN. Keep on top of your defuzzing. Personally, I run a razor over my legs every time I shower.
  3. Exfoliate. Use either a scrub (mixing olive oil with fine sugar and a few drops of lavender, works well) or use exfoliating gloves, or a sponge.
  4. Moisturise. Keep those pins moisturised and as smooth as they can be.
  5. Tanning products. Gradual tan, spray tans and instant tan, all work wonders at disguising those offensive marks and veins.
  6. Leg makeup. There are some great body makeups out there, if you have the time and patience to apply properly. They can transform the look of your skin.
  7. Good hosiery. Great hosiery can hide a multitude of sins, add warmth and improve confidence. If sheer tights are something you associate with old ladies, try a really good quality matte finish and wear with a smarter look. Always carry a spare pair.
Love them anyway! Don't hate your legs and wish for perfect pins. Just look after them as best you can, and accept their limitations. Hating your body does not change the way it looks, it just ruins your enjoyment of clothes.


Fake Fabulous | Pale tan sandals

Over to you...
Are you worried about the look of your legs?
Do you cover them up, or get them out regardless of their flaws?
Can you share any tricks you have for for keeping your legs looking good?

Please share in the comments, or tweet me @samantha4blair

Dress: Boden (this new Boden one is nice, this one is stunning! And, this one comes in plus and petite too)
Sandals: Clarks (these are lovely)
Coat: Zara (similar....this one comes in plus sizes)
Earrings: Zara (similar)
Toe nails: Mavala

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  1. After having lived through some very harrowing health issues in the not-so-distant-past I've learned to appreciate my body and all that it does for me on a daily basis. When you are struck down with illness and incapacitated all of our little "problems" truly become so inconsequential.

    Personally I love your legs and envy them every time I stop by your blog. We are always our own worst critics.


    1. This is very true Suzanne!!
      Major, traumatic events make the little things seem trivial and silly.
      Hating our bodies is such a waste of time, but so many women do it!
      Unfortunately it can often take a major event to make us realise how lucky we are to have what we have. If only we could just get over the silly stuff!
      {I know from my experience that it is tough to get over that hurdle of hatred when it is so deep rooted. I would never suggest it is an easy thing to do for anyone}
      I try to tell my girls they are beautiful as often as is appropriate without it losing it's impact. I want it to be a given in their lives and them never think anything else. Fingers crossed it works!
      Thank you for your kind words about my legs...I totally agree that we are our own worst critics!

  2. I do the tanning products and there are actually some improved versions recently on the market. Also, I find that veins and blotches can be covered with concealor which is then "fixed" in place with a bit of powder!
    You wear this mustard gold beautifully. I love it with your hair and the loden jacket.

  3. I do the tanning products and there are actually some improved versions recently on the market. Also, I find that veins and blotches can be covered with concealor which is then "fixed" in place with a bit of powder!
    You wear this mustard gold beautifully. I love it with your hair and the loden jacket.

    1. I was really surprised by how much I liked this little is not really my kind of thing, but the colour and the pockets sold it to me! :oD

  4. Definitely we are our worst enemy, hahhahaha.
    I think your legs are just perfect and I adore your pale skin. I hide from the sun.
    Thank you sooooooooooooooo much for your visit.
    I love the new look of your blog and left answer for you on my blog

    1. Thank you Sacramento! I love reading comments (and I especially like getting a reply to a comment I have left). I don't really need to hide from the sun hides from me!! :oD XXX

  5. It is funny how when we're young, we don't appreciate what we have!
    That's why I decided that I need to love my body now---so my legs are pale & my hairy is unruly? It's me and I might as well make the best of it!!
    Besides we are so blessed with what we have, it's a shame to complain!
    What an exquisite dress that is!!
    You (and your legs) look truly wonderful!! Pretty soon, maybe we can get more women to ditch the sunless tanning products and embrace our natural coloring!

    1. You are right Jodie. That is why I tell my girls they are beautiful. Funny how I think their pale skin is perfect and a gorgeous even tone. I suppose mine used to be like that once! Hahaha. XXX

  6. I would kill to have legs like yours! Mine are fat and too curvy and pale...and not in the good "creamy" way, in sort of a greyish-white way...with always a bunch of bruises...and sort of a dimple at the front of my ankles where my fat starts. sigh. BUT. I let them out anyway when the weather is mild enough, and if other people have a problem with them, well, that's on them!

    You look lovely in the gold dress, I've been looking for something in that shade, now I'm going to double my efforts!


    1. Oh Bettye, you are too kind, thank you. I am glad you get your legs out regardless of their imperfections. Mine are more of a greyish-white too (I had on a layer of my Decleor biscuit-smelling tanner) and the 'shape' of them is made up mostly of bone and tendon. I would love a little more flesh to pad them out a bit. As you say, if other people have a problem, it is their problem! I feel like that about my clothes too.
      Thank you for this comment, it really does mean a lot to me.

  7. I'm delighted to see you wear this dress Samantha, and think you've styled it up so well. I would have gone down the line of thick burgundy tights as my legs aren't up for showing quite yet. I swear the rush of blood to the surface when I've just been swimming is the best colour yet for me! I adore your pale skin and think it's the way to go as it encourages others to show their real skin colour rather than the tango'd tone that prevails in all the magazines. The gold nailpolish is a great move with your skin tone too. Lovely post x

    1. Thank you Anna. I could imagine myself emerging from the water looking like something dragged up from the sea bed too quickly! I am not a great swimmer, I don't/can't get flat enough to get anywhere very quickly. Your swimming must be excellent for the circulation and keeping your skin in tip top condition... not to mention muscle tone too. My watery equivalent is walking the dog in the pouring rain! ;oD

  8. wouuu, such a beautiful dress, fabulous color and pretty embellished neckline! and you look gorgeous wearing it, with that neutral jacket and tan sandals, really lovely earthy shades which enhance it!
    And I'm used to hide my varicose veins, as they're very visible, but anyway, I like my legs, they're strong and beautiful!. I've been interested in some colored moisturizers, as they look subtle and easy to apply (and add a 30+ sunprotection), but many products can stain your clothes!. I'll share my experience when I try it!

    1. Thank you Monica, I am so glad you like this look. I am so glad to hear that you love your legs, despite their flaws! They are strong and beautiful indeed.
      These subtly coloured lotions (with the SPF) sound a great idea. Thank you. XXX

  9. I love this. Thank you! After 3 pregnancies, one of which was a twin pregnancy, my legs went crazy with varicose veins. As you stated in your post, it helps to tan. Somedays I bare them and don't care. Every once in awhile I walk past a mirror in the mall and I balk at the reflection of my road maps, but for the most part it doesn't bother me anymore. That and much more keeps me grounded. :) P.S. From utility jacket to cute sandals, you're outfit is adorable.

    1. Thank you very much for your kind words, Chrissy.
      Wow...twins! They certainly put a huge strain on our bodies. (It is hard enough carrying one baby).
      I am happy you get your legs out regardless of their flaws, goodness knows your "road maps" are a reminder of how amazing (and strong) your body really is. It's made 4 human beings. That is much cooler than having perfect pins, for sure!! XXX

  10. Walking is really goood for toning..especially if you try taking longer strides��

  11. Yes! I am very worried about my legs. For my entire life they have been my ONE thing that I like--or even at times love. I think it's important for every woman to have that ONE thing, and mind has always been my legs.

    And then, enter a hip surgery that has not been entirely successful! My vanity is coming out! I am so worried about the one thing I have always loved because now I can't exercise. I can barely walk without a limp. It's been really hard on my psyche. This all might be too much information, and it's all part of the ageing process anyway, but what does one do when the ONE thing they do like starts to fall apart!

    Well, I am an avid believer in self tanning. It makes me feel better when my legs are tan. I started using this cellulite cream, but meh, no noticeable difference there. But, I have gotten clearance to do wall sits and half squats, so I will get to it!

    But yes, to this entire post: ageing legs is tricky. But, I plan to still love my legs, tan them up, and try to do the minimal exercises I can. And those little knee wrinkles, well, Hello! Welcome!!

    By the way, I love your legs Sam! They're called #legzfordayz Dear!

    Love, Ann

    1. Ann, it is VERY tough when the thing you love is starting to let your down. We just have to keep going I guess. Never give up! Never stop being a woman and dressing like one. XXX

  12. I love your dress. This color smells of summer.
    You have a interesting blog.
    I hope you will like mine

  13. Thanks for this post Samantha, so interesting. My legs are feeling there age (53) recently so will be addressing them today. x Gorgeous dress and colour too. x Jacqui

  14. Hi there! Do you use Twitter? I'd like to follow you if that would
    be okay. I'm absolutely enjoying your blog and look
    forward to new updates.


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