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Style Advice For Women With Big Hips

Published by cheree
Published on 15 January 2008

The average British woman is a curvy size 14-16, but you wouldn't know that if you looked at fashion magazines alone. The fashion industry is filled with supermodel-shaped bodies, and neglects women with fuller rounded figures. No wonder curvy women feel a little left out. But we are here to tell you that fashion is for all ladies, no matter the shape or size, so if you are a women with curves and big hips, come right this way as we have the best style advice that will have you OWNING it.

Women with big hips, are often referred to as 'pear shaped'. So what's a pear shape?

Pear shaped is women with big hips, thighs and butt Think Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce, these gorgeous women have a lower body that is more prominent that the waist and bust, kinda like the fruit. The pear shaped body is very sexy and so very feminine.

However being 'bottom heavy' can make picking outfits a little difficult, especially when it comes to trousers. We all know the battle of trying to get jeans to fit over our hips. The struggle is real...But it really doesn't have to be. We spoke to celebrity stylist and, judge of the fashion challenge in this year’s Nectar Savvy Lifestyle competition Lucie Clifford, who gives us essential tips on dressing big hips. So weather you want to hide your hips or embrace them Lucie tells us how it's done.​

How can you balance out your hips with your outfits?

Now we all love and hate certain parts of our body, so in order to make the most of your body shape the key to success is to draw attention away from your problem area.

For instance, if you don't love your wide hips, the best thing to do, is to draw the eyeline toward your waistline, bust or legs instead.

Wide hips can also be hidden by choosing the right clothes. Peg leg trouser in a dark colour and well made fabric are always a good choice. What's great about peg leg trousers is that it sits just above your waistline which emphasise your smaller waist. It also widens at the hip to follow your natural shape,but then thins down to a slimmer ankle. This is a great way to balance out your curves.

A great shape dress to wear, especially for work is a wrap dress, as this will emphasise the chest area, create a slim waistline and the A-line shape just skims the hips for a flattering fit. Try online store like Ebay.co.uk for vintage dresses in fun prints for a savvy take on this wardrobe staple.

Should women with big hips avoid prints?

There are no rules in terms of colour or print, but always choose garments that use a nice cotton or wool, elastine mix that won't cling to tummies or hips. Avoid shiny fabrics or satin/silk unless cut on the bias in order to create curves. I would also say avoid prints in horizontal stripes. These tend to widen your trouble areas, especially striped trousers and pencil skirts.

If you are going to go for prints on your bottom half, a great style tip is to tuck in a polo neck or simple tee into your bottom garment to balance out your hips. You are safe to wear prints and colour on your top half in any shape or style, so long as your bottom half is dark and fits well.

What's the must have accessory for dressing wide hips?

SKINNY BELTS! Wearing a slim belt is a great way to draw attention to your waist and break up an outfit. It is also a great way of updating your LBD. Opt for leather, snakeskin or a chain belt to go from day to night.

What if you want to embrace your hips?

To embrace your hips, follow the same rules, but wear brighter colours on your bottom half and go for tighter garments such as skinny jeans. Wear heels to lengthen your legs too!

Most importantly, learn to love your figure and choose the right clothes to make the most of what you've got!'

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