What to Wear if You Have a Small Bust & Big Hips

Go with an elegant empire waist for your evening looks.

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If you're small up top but have a bootylicious lower half, you're what most stylists would describe as pear shaped. Finding styles to balance your figure is key to well-dressed perfection. Create a curvy yet slim silhouette for yourself by drawing attention to your upper half. Choose pieces that show off your feminine hips without letting them dominate your shape.

Prints and V-Necks Up Top

Keep your hips from stealing the show by choosing tops that draw the eye to your upper body. If you're a fan of floral prints, your torso is the place to wear them. Pair with a slimming dark pant or high-waisted pencil skirt to complete the look. V-neck cuts also draw attention by showing off more skin. Choose a sexy deep-V blouse for a night on the town, and consider donning a cami underneath to make the same shirt safe for work.

Empire-Waisted Dresses

If you have a wedding or other formal event coming up, shop for a dress with an empire waist. Most pears are slimmest around the ribcage, just below the bust. Because empire styles hug this part of your body so closely, the cut slims your silhouette. A gown that flows over hips and thighs suggests an hourglass shape while masking bumps you're not so thrilled about.

Boot Cut and Wide-Legged

When it comes to pants, avoid those skinnies and light colors. Both can make your hips and thighs appear larger. Instead, choose dark colors to dress up your bottom half. You don't have to stick to basic black. Dark brown, gray and even burgundy-toned pants flatter your figure. If you're jeans shopping, look for a wide waistband and large pockets. Avoid pockets with a lot of buttons or bead work. Go for wide-legged dress pants when beefing up your work wardrobe. These bottoms look professional and downplay your rear.

Rock the A-Line Skirt

Tired of wearing pants to work every day? Invest in a few A-line skirts, which look suitably beautiful and breezy in spring and summer. A-lines gently grace your hips, hugging just enough to give you a curvy shape without highlighting trouble spots. Avoid all-over prints. If you want to add interest on your bottom half, put on a skirt with floral or lace trim near the hemline.


Great accessories can draw attention to your top and even out your visual form. How about a cute jacket that's formfitting at the bust but flares over your hips? Pick jewelry that makes a statement. Dangly geometric earrings or a large chunky necklace draw eyes for all the right reasons. Wear just one bold piece to avoid looking like a fortune-teller instead of a fashionista.

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