What Not to Wear When Petite With Big Hips

Lea Michele looks stunning in a dress that shows off her legs and minimizes her hips.

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What some gals lack in height, they make up for in the hip area. If this is you, you may be wondering what clothes flatter your curvy frame. But the real question is, what clothes should you avoid? There's just about nothing worse than wearing items that are unflattering and that do bad things for your figure. But once you know what to stay away from, you'll look smokin'.

Loud Prints

The key when it comes to being short and curvy is to not get lost in your look. When you sport clothing that is busy and loud, you'll look more like a circus act than a chic chick. You can wear prints, but just make sure they are small. And don't go overboard -- wear a printed bottom with a solid-colored top and you'll minimize the size of your hips and look fabulous.


Layers in your hair are a good thing, but layers on your clothes, not so much. If you wear a lot of layers your small frame will look totally weighed down. Additionally, it could make your hips look larger than they actually are. Instead, don just a few layers on the bottom of your skirt and you can balance out the width of your hips. Additionally, go with a skirt that hits above your knees to make your legs look longer.

Form-Fitting Clothes

Sure, you can show off your sexy curves, but don't do it with clothes you can barely breathe in. Skinny jeans and painted-on skirts won't look too flattering, as they'll only accentuate your hippy bod. Instead, go with wide-legged trousers that hide large hips and thighs and create long lines. Additionally, a skirt that has some pouf or pleats can mask large hips.

Pant Choices

Cropped pants are adorable, but they won't do a thing for your body. First of all, the cropped nature of your pants make your short legs look stubby. Additionally, they won't do anything to enhance your hips. Instead, go with pleated shorts or pleated palazzo pants. The pleats make you look longer because of their vertical lines and both styles make your legs look more lengthy.

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