Learn how to enhance your figure
Showing off your hips
08 MAY 2023
Learn to assert yourself and free your spirit, which means feeling good about your body and your clothes! When summer arrives, with its procession of light dresses, bohemian tops and swimming costumes, it's more than ever the time to play up your assets, to show off your figure and reveal your curves with optimism.
Even if television and the internet can sometimes have a negative effect on your morale, by broadcasting endless advice and tips on how to lose weight, or by relaying images of lanky stars... dare to be yourself!
Be resolutely body positive! In this article, ELORA brand specialists give you lots of tips on how to look your best, whatever your clothing size.
You'll find advice specifically for you if you have a type X body (also known as a "figure 8" or "hourglass shape", i.e. with a full bust, pronounced waist and wide hips) or a type A body (slim bust, narrow shoulders and a well-structured lower body).
CLOTHING CUTS TO FAVOUR
For any silhouette, it's a good idea to play with proportions to balance it out and draw the eye to its strong points. Before making your choice in our clothing boutique, take the time to read all our tips and make them your own!
If you're one of the many women who have a complex about their generous hips and thighs, make sure you cultivate your personal style and find the look that makes you irresistible!
Straight or flared trousers
Hips, curves, curves... whatever you call them, how do you dress when they're too big, too generous? What clothes should you choose to enhance your body while keeping up with fashion, and embrace your curves with elegance? Here are a few ideas for those who want to show off their slightly large hips and thighs, with bottoms adapted to their morphology and style.
What trousers should I wear with wide hips? For women who want to visually reduce the volume of their round hips and buttocks, it's best to avoid compacting the figure with baggy trousers and jeans, such as cargo or baggy jeans. The same goes for skinny jeans or leggings, which are too tight and draw the eye to any small imperfections.
It's also a good idea to choose high-waisted rather than low-waisted cuts, and normal length rather than cropped. Shapes that are wide at the bottom and flare out over the shoe (city joggers, bootcuts, etc.) should also be avoided.
The ideal trousers would therefore be fitted, but still fluid, straight and long. If you're wearing jeans, a close-fitting, classic or slim fit is best, but not too tight. The visual effect is to lengthen the legs and, more generally, the silhouette.
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WHAT TYPE OF SKIRT SHOULD I CHOOSE IF I HAVE WIDE HIPS?
Trapeze or pencil skirts
Trapeze or 'skater' skirts are all the rage, making the figure soar and visually slimming the legs. As for the pencil skirt and the straight slit skirt, when they are well cut, they know how to sublimate the curves, while remaining close to the body, which is a good choice for wearing a jumper or a blouse over them.
This is true in almost all cases, including those with an X shape, a figure 8 or an hourglass shape (with a slim waist and generous bust and hips). Let's not forget stars who are symbols of femininity with their insolent curves, such as Marylin Monroe or Madonna, not forgetting more recently Kim Kardashian, with her beautiful build and buttock implants. An A-shaped body, known as a pyramid (with narrow shoulders and a fairly slim bust, a little tummy and round buttocks), will receive the same kind of advice when it comes to skirts.
The pleated skirt, on the other hand, is not the best option for women with wide hips. If you're crazy about them and want to wear one at all costs, here are three tips: choose one that's high-waisted, flowing and preferably dark (or a plain, sober colour).
WHICH DRESS IS BEST FOR THOSE WITH WIDE HIPS?
Straight or flared dresses
The wrap dress is at the height of the trend. Feminine and elongating, both elegant and sexy, they suit every body type. Layered with denim shirt-jackets and 3/4-length jackets, they cover the upper thighs. Loose-fitting models with vertical lines also refine the look, like a light coat or flowing trench, worn open over a mid-length dress.
Dresses with couture details
Another option: creations with acrobatic details on the top or bottom of the body, depending on which part of the silhouette you want to emphasise. Ruffles, contrasting prints, embroidered beads, fancy straps..
Don't forget women's swim dresses either: they're a good compromise between swimming costumes and short beach tunics. They're very feminine, showing off your shoulders and enhancing your figure. It's all about the short skirts or petticoats, which are generally slightly swinging and flowing. For warm days on the beach or on the terrace, these slightly vintage styles allow you to dress your hips, buttocks and tummy in style, while putting your legs in the spotlight.
FLATTERING COLOURS AND PATTERNS
Dark, solid colours for stockings
Coco Chanel described black as "a non-colour". Black, which also comes in midnight blue, plum or dark green, dark brown, anthracite grey, etc., is a timeless basic that remains discreet and chic. It gives full rein to the cut of your clothes and goes with every look.
When you've got hips and a tummy, it's ideal for everyday casual chic trousers, with no worries or complexes: for example, black denim jeans, dark suede trousers or trousers in mineral shades? Of course, you don't have to limit yourself - it's not a diktat! Depending on the cut of your clothes and jeans, your style and your mood, explosions of colour can also find a place of choice in your dressing room!
Discreet patterns for tops
Whether you're more into tops, tunics or blouses, it's best to keep your tops understated in terms of texture and pattern. Whatever your body type, if you're a round girl, you'll look more elegant and charming in solid colours, even bright ones, which will make your hair, eyes, etc. stand out. Addicted to prints? No problem, but when it comes to making the decisive choice, remember our advice and choose small patterns, preferably blended and not too flashy...
Accessories to balance your figure
Shoes are your best allies! You should definitely opt for shoes that are a little high for going out, even if it means choosing platform or wedge soles if you're not a high-heeled princess.
With 3/4-length or long garments, straight or trapeze shapes (flowing dresses or tops), or soft, wispy trousers, choose a belt worn loosely across the hips... or tightly around the waist, if you're lucky enough to have a well-defined waist!
In general, the finishing touches and accessories have their part to play, to draw the eye to your strong points: a brooch at the start of the neckline, a rhinestone bow to emphasise the fall of a top at shoulder or waist height, a tote bag on the hip, a coloured belt buckle as a reminder of your shoes, etc.
The same goes for swimwear: the pareo, of course, but also simply a pretty cut-out or a bow, a pleated or draped effect (your choice of shoulder, tummy and/or hip area) or a soft belt will create a pretty blur around your figure and soften it elegantly, without weighing it down. There's no shortage of favourite models, from trendy one-piece swimming costumes to high-waisted two-piece swimming costumes, ideal for glamorously dressing luscious curves!
Colourful accessories also go perfectly with dark or monochrome outfits, helping to personalise and brighten them up. Fashion objects in their own right, they are often decisive details in the overall look.
MISTAKES TO AVOID
Clothes that are too tight
Be careful! Layering tops, shirts, waistcoats or jackets is to be avoided, as it thickens and "memorises" the silhouette rather than blurring it. It's also best to avoid clothes that are too tight, too fitted or made from stiff, shiny fabrics: they make you feel bloated and make all your little bulges stand out... Prefer soft fabrics and supple textures, such as linen, viscose or lyocell, which relax the silhouette with chic.
Belts in the wrong place
Pay attention to the details that kill! Belts that are tight around the waist are good for an hourglass figure, but not for all women. As for a low waist belt, which visually elongates the bust and hides the volume of the waist and stomach, but tends to shorten the legs, it will produce a very average effect on a short woman with chubby thighs.
Skirts and dresses that are too short
A very short skirt or dress is only suitable for a tall or medium-sized woman with a slim build and, above all, a tall, slender figure. For any other figure, they focus attention on the volume of the hips and thighs... It's even better to go one size bigger than your usual size, to feel perfectly comfortable and, above all, to ensure that the bottom falls nicely, without the risk of 'riding up' with the slightest movement.
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