Some fashion-conscious individuals consider it a fashion crime to wear tight-fitting trousers when you have bow legs or knock knees. These conditions refer to the odd leg curvature at an upright position that are either one of the following: O-shaped legs, X-shaped legs, and odd shin curvature.
Unfortunately, correcting your leg’s odd curvature is not going to be easy, that is why the most you can do is to minimize their appearance by picking the right clothes.
To determine if you have knock knees, examine your legs in front of a mirror while standing up with your thighs together. If your calves look like they are bending outwards and there is an obvious inward curve below your knees, then you have knock knees.
Bow legs or genu varum is a condition where the curvature of the tibia or the femur makes the legs appear bent when your feet are placed together. This means that if you try to stand with your feet together, your thighs, knees, and calves will not meet.
Trousers or Jeans
To minimize its appearance, you should stick to straight leg trousers, most straight leg jeans, boot cut jeans, flared jeans, and wide leg trousers. Avoid skinny jeans that will make the gap between your calves appear wider. Boyfriend jeans are fine if you have long legs, but the cut will highlight your calves. You should also stay away from capri pants, stretch jeans, and trousers with patterns and stripes.
A-Line Dresses and Skirts
Would you rather wear dresses and skirts than jeans? No problem. You can still look stylish in A-line skirts and dresses that will work on any body type and height. A-line means that the skirt ends just below the knees or in mid-calf to hide the unsightly leg curves. Trumpet skirts are also a good choice because they flare out at the hem and give a nice, flowing look. The former is recommended only if you want to hide your thigh gap.
Avoid straight, tight-fitted skirts and mini skirts in general, and instead, go for long skirts, flowing skirts, and mid-calf skirts.
Colors, Patterns, and Contrast
Ideally, you would want to draw away the attention on your legs by wearing colored and/or patterned tops complemented by dark-colored or solid-colored trousers. Focus on accentuating the upper half of your body with various accessories, makeup, and hairstyle. But you could also buy shoes that will make your legs appear straighter, such as knee-high boots.
Shoes and Correction Insoles
Matching the color of your shoes to your pants will also do wonders for your bow legs, especially if you pick monochromatic colors that never go out of style. It’s also a good idea to invest in corrective shoes for bow legs or heel pads that you can insert in your shoes to avoid wearing down the soles. It can provide additional support for your walking posture without having to rely on unfashionable knock knee braces.