Genu varum or bow legs is a condition where a person’s legs are abnormally curved toward the outside so that when they stand straight with their ankles together, their knees don’t touch. Around five percent of the population are bow-legged. A couple of famous bowlegged people, Kate Moss and Jensen Ackles, are both ranked among the world’s most beautiful people. Yet Kate Moss has admitted to having insecurities about her legs, avoiding mid-calf length garments because of it. She is self-conscious about below the knee dresses and coats and prefers to wear miniskirts and heels.

This style hack contrasts with what most stylists recommend, which is that straight, mini or tight-fitted skirts are to be avoided. The important lesson to be learned is that there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to fashion. Your own personal style and personality are an integral part of your clothing choices. That said there are some tips you can use when dressing your bow legs if your aim is to disguise them or draw attention away from them. As Kate demonstrates in her photos, disguise doesn’t end with what you’re wearing, but also your posture and how you choose to present yourself.

So, let’s examine a few tips that can help you dress for success while bow legged.

Attitude and Personality

Whether you’re in Team Flaunt It or in Team Bow legs No More, confidence is your greatest accessory. Many times, bow legs are not as blatant as our self-consciousness would have us believe. Becoming obsessive about a perceived body flaw is a good way to lose our confidence and become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Step out with pride and let your personality speak for you.

Trial and Error

Now that you’ve dealt with your confidence, the next thing is to have fun experimenting. Kate loves short skirts and they definitely work for her. Most stylists would have you wearing longer, calf-length skirts. Many girls feel lose fitting slacks are the best choice to hide the bow in their legs. Your bow legs are not the only gauge for what looks good on you. Whether you’re tall or short, thin or fat, apple or pear-shaped are also factors in choosing the right outfit for your body.

So, don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles and find the ones that work for you.


From makeup to Spanx, the fashion industry has come up with tools and techniques to give you the silhouette you desire. You can camouflage your bow legs in various ways, for example wearing a fuller skirt with soft, floaty fabric in A-line or a trumpet skirt.

You can also use color to draw the eye by wearing solid blocks of color on your legs while your top is loud, sexy, or has a unique print. In a pinch, a good tailor can create bespoke designs for you that accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.


Shoes can make or break a look; so, make sure the ones you choose are giving the right message. Wearing stilettos or high sharp pointed heels might draw the eye to the extreme outer curvature of your leg so if it’s not what you want, you might consider lowering your heel to a mid-length with a round or open toe. Flats have the same effect as stilettos; they draw attention to the shape of your legs. If you really need to wear flats, you can pair them with an A-line maxi skirt.


When you want to create the illusion of length, monochromatic colors are an effective aid. This helps to straighten out the lines of the leg, minimizing the curvature. You can also match the colors of your shoes and pants to create that longer straighter feel. Alternatively, you can match the shade of your skirt and tights or pantyhose for the same effect.

To recap, the most important accessory in your wardrobe is your confidence and that grows as you realize that you are beautiful just the way you are. After that, it’s just a matter of finding the combinations that please you the most and you are good to go.