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Lea Michele stunning in split dress

Lea Michele's elegant Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards dress is an example of how best to show off legs without being "brazen", says a celebrity stylist.

Phillip Bloch has dressed a number of Hollywood stars including Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman and Halle Berry for the biggest film events in the calendar such as the Golden Globes and the Oscars.

He thinks a gown with a slit that reveals a hint of leg, such as Lea donned at this year's SAGs, is the sexiest look on the red carpet.

"I love slits. It's a great way to show off legs and you don't have to have great legs to look sexy," he told WWD. "There's a return to old-fashioned Hollywood glamour and it feels like Juliet Prowse or Ginger Rogers all over again. I'm seeing a lot of slits on the red carpet, like the [Versace] gown with thigh-high slit that Lea Michele wore to the SAG Awards.

"I also love the look of an evening gown with a high-cut slit because it's not too brazen It leaves a little bit to the imagination, not like the short skirts and hot pants everybody's wearing."

Soyon An is a costume designer for American Idol. The expert has given her top tips to showing off legs to their full potential.

"One of the things I love to do to elongate the look of the leg is to use a tone-on-tone look like nude tights paired with nude-tone shoes. Another trick is wearing back-seam hosiery that looks like it runs down a stiletto heel for a really long leg," she said.

Soyon also revealed the biggest leg sin, and says some lucky stars needn't worry because they already have fabulous pins.

"Women shouldn't wear shoes that cut them off at the ankle. If the shoe strap runs across the ankle, it's a no-no. But it's totally OK if it's a V-shape or asymmetrical strap because it shapes the ankle and looks sexy," she explained.

"Some girls don't have to worry about their legs, like Katy Perry and Carrie Underwood, who have amazing legs."

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