How to Make Your Ankles Look Smaller

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      Chunky heels draw the eye toward the ankle area.Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images

      Skip the chunky heels. Chunky-heeled shoes have a clunky appearance that will only accentuate your thick ankles. This is true whether the heels are pumps, sandals or open-toed styles.

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      Strappy sandals make a focal point of the ankles.Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images

      Nix strappy sandals. Sad, but true that all those straps wending from foot to leg, once again, draw attention to the problem area. This is quite a loss, as strappy sandals can be a blast to wear. If you already have several pairs, save them to wear under your evening gowns, when no one will know the difference.

    • 3). Slip on high-heeled pumps to create an unbroken visual flow from knee to foot. No element exists to draw the eye to the ankle specifically.

    • 4). Wear pantyhose of the same shade as your footwear. The concept of the unbroken visual line again comes into play. If you choose a different color, the eye will be drawn to the point where foot meets shoe, accentuating your problem area.

    • 5). Pass up pant styles that reveal the ankles. Cropped and capri styles are everywhere during warm weather. But these pant styles can make your ankles look bigger than ever. Instead, try straight-leg, tapered or wide-leg pants in cool summer fabrics like linen or cotton twill.

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