How to Dress to Hide Big Hips

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There's nothing wrong with shapely, generous hips, but sometimes you might want to downplay your curves. Wide-hipped women are usually pear-shaped, which means you're slimmer on top and have wider hips and a full bottom. Hips don't lie, but you can create a more flattering, balanced silhouette with clothing that helps you look long and lean.


Minimize your hips with dark-colored pants or skirts. Provide visual balance by choosing boot-cut or flared pants and A-line skirts. Pencil skirts and skinny jeans will make you look wider.


Choose medium-rise or low-cut pants, which help your hips look slimmer by interrupting their curve. Avoid high-rise pants -- they emphasize the curve of your hips.


Make sure your pants are long enough, and consider wearing heels. Yeah, they aren't as comfortable as flats, but extra-long pants and heels give you a leaner, slimmer silhouette.


Wear tops and dresses that skim loosely over your hips, such as baby doll tops and fitted tunics. Don't opt for super-baggy clothing -- it just makes you look bigger.


Draw attention away from your hips with a bright scarf, unique jewelry or an interesting neckline. Better yet, catch someone's eye with a gorgeous smile.

Tips & Tricks


Avoid bulky fabrics and pants with side pockets.


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