You could forget everything else as long as you remember these few rules:
- It’s important to CINCH and/or HIGHLIGHT the waist.
- For pants, and skirts, and dress bottoms – remember the goal, after waist definition, is to LENGTHEN. Wear heels to lengthen, or wear washes, prints, or pinstripe pants to lengthen. There are numerous ways.
- Streamline your silhouette, especially with fabric just flowing over to help the eye move up & down vertically.
- BALANCE is key. Not only do you want to balance your top and bottom, you want to make sure your pants are neither baggy, nor “painted-on”. If you wear volume in one place, balance it off with a slimmer-fitting pieces.
- Dark shades and washes will help you look leaner. They minimize the lower half. Avoid versions that are bleached on the thighs.
- I love bootcut pants – trousers and denim. Not only is this style universally flattering, it accentuates the skinniness of an hourglass waist while simultaneously balancing top volume with the subtle flair it creates around the feet. Pairing heeled pumps, or booties with it will take off a few more visual pounds.
- Mid-rise jeans are very flattering, while high-cut vs. low-cut circle in and out through fashion. Low-rise jeans may make hips look wider/legs shorter – so style with caution there. Add an attractive belt, especially with high-waist trousers to draw attention to the waist. Make sure the waistline is fitted to avoid the gaping waist problem.
- Straight jeans will accentuate wide hips more. Whether that’s a look you prefer, relative to your upper half dressing is a personal style choice.
- Tapered leg cut jeans are flattering when you want the eyes drawn to shapely hips, to accentuate curviness. They are also preferable for the petite hourglass, while the wide leg/flared (more than the bootcut) styles are better for taller hourglass figures.
- Try skinny jeans tucked into knee-high boots (especially if the boots have heels) – your legs will look longer, and this will balance your hips.
- DO NOT wear denim without stretch. Make sure you can sit, jump, stand, hop, walk, run in the jeans before you commit.
- Fabric in thick wools or bulky denim can widen the hourglass frame. LIKE fabrics that are drape-y – they should glide down the widest part of our hips. Clingy, spandex-cotton blend fabrics can also help for extra fitting.
Skirts/Dress Bottoms – use the rules above + these:
- A line and pencil skirts are your best friends!! (See Scarlett Johansson)
- Voluminous tulip and full circle cuts, especially when high waisted are great styles – just make sure that you’re balancing volume on bottom with fit on top. Dita Von Teese ^ does this beautifully.
- Softer fabrics will love you. Stiff = boxy = non-flattering.
and you thought this was going to be hard..