Clothing Styles for Wide Hips

Just because you have wide hips, doesn't mean you can't pull off your favorite styles.

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Just because you have wide hips doesn't mean you have to hide them. Celebrities like Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Jessica Simpson are all curvy women who have rocked almost any outfit imaginable. It's all about creating a balanced look throughout the body and highlighting your best features while taking attention away from your hip area. Dark neutrals like black or navy will certainly slim your overall shape, but accessories are sometimes all you need to look a little less curvy.

Pants

Your best bet is to look for boot-cut pant styles or pants with a slight flare near the ankle. Skinny jeans are certainly flattering on some body types, but they will end up over-emphasizing your hips and that's the last thing you want. Pants that taper down to the ankle don't have the balance that your lower half needs. Boot-cut and flared jeans are tight-fitting around the hips and thighs but looser around the lower leg, giving your a slimmer look. Also avoid high-waisted pants and pants with bold patterns.

Tops

To minimize your hips, V-neck and wrap-style blouses are two options to try. The V-neck design helps to elongate the upper body and also draws the eye upward to your top half. Wrap styles help to emphasize a tiny waist, so if you have an hour-glass figure this will make you look even slimmer. Tops that are more fitted around the waist are ideal because they create balance between your bust and your hips. Avoid anything too baggy that will add bulk to your frame.

Dress

No matter what shape you are, you can't go wrong in a little black dress. Black is a slimming color and will help slim the appearance of your hips. V-neck styled dresses work to elongate the frame. For a classic style that will balance out your proportions, try rocking an A-line styled dress in your favorite color. These dresses are slim-fitting around your bust but looser around the hips and thighs. This is ideal for pear shapes and fuller-figured women because it allows your to show off your best features without an uncomfortable fit. For hour-glass-shaped women, a simple belt at the waist will highlight your thin waist.

Skirt

When it comes to picking out the perfect skirt, the same rules apply. Just like dress styles, A-line skirts are flattering for pear-shapes and full-figured women because the fit is comfortable and it draws the eye upward. Pencil skirts are certainly flattering on the tall and thin of the world but they aren't the best fit for hiding hips. Anything too tight along the lower body will draw all the attention to your hips. Try wearing a neutral color skirt like black and save color and print for you blouse.

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