Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Bottom Heavy

May 18th, 2005

Elongate your figure while visually balancing your hips and shoulders. Subtly show your curves.

Look for…
  • Drapey fabrics.
  • Diagonal lines.
  • Dark colored bottoms.
  • Tonal outfits with darker shades on the bottom.
  • Outfits that skim over your curves.
  • Jackets & Coats
    • Long coats: three-fourths and seven-eighths lengths lengths.
    • Vertical detailing above the waist.
    • Nipped-waist, tailored jackets that hit at hipbone length.
    • A-line styles.
    • Loose, straight cuts.
    • Coats that flare at the waist.
    • Slender lapels.
    • Set-in sleeves.
    • Slight shoulder padding.
    • Slanted pockets minimize hips.
    • Snug jean jackets.
    • Biker jackets.
    • Boxy jackets.
  • Tops
    • Fitted tops that float over your hips and bottom.
    • Empire-waist styles.
    • Wrap styles.
    • Deep V-necklines.
    • Wide necklines.
  • Pants & Jeans
    • Dark colored bottoms.
    • Slightly lower-waisted bottoms.
    • Bottoms with smooth tops, without waistbands.
    • If you wear a waistband, it should be no longer than 1” high.
    • Straight-legged, flat-front pants.
    • Well-tailored pants with wider legs.
    • Slight flare (boot cut shape) at ankle is flattering.
    • Remove side pockets from pants for a leaner look.
    • Jeans with a slightly lower rise.
    • Dark denim is more flattering.
    • Back pockets on jeans.
  • Skirts & Dresses
    • Skirts with smooth tops, without waistbands.
    • Moderate A-line shapes.
    • Wrap styles.
    • Draped styles.
    • Tapered knee-length skirts.
    • Vertical detailing.
    • Empire-waist styles.
    • Matching dress and jacket sets.
    • Show skin: shoulders, cleavage, or arms.
    • Horizontal detailing on top.
    • Open necklines.
    • Dresses with plain bottom halves.
    • Vertical detailing.
    Swimsuits
  • Dark colored bottoms, especially when contrasted with a lighter top.
  • Embellishment above the waistline to draw the eye upwards.
Run from…
  • Stiff fabrics.
  • Oversized prints.
  • Horizontal patterns.
  • Shiny fabrics or thick textures.
  • Jackets & Coats
    • Styles that hit at the widest part of the hips.
    • Double breasted styles.
    • Bulky flap and patch pockets.
    • Narrow-belted styles.
    • Bomber jackets.
  • Tops
    • Tops that don’t cover the hips.
    • Styles that hit at the widest part of the hips.
    • Boxy shapes.
    • Cinched waists.
    • Detailing at the shirt hem.
  • Pants & Jeans
    • Bottoms with lots of detailing: pleats, gathers, back details, back pockets, prints, etc.
    • Extremely high-waisted styles.
    • Extremely low-waisted styles.
    • Wide-legged pants.
    • Bell bottoms.
    • Drawstring pants.
    • Tapered styles.
    • Cropped pants.
    • Tight legs.
    • Small back pockets.
    • Widely spaced back pockets.
  • Skirts & Dresses
    • Pockets: slanted, flap, or patch.
    • Pleated skirts.
    • Bias cut fabrics.
    • Hem detailing.
    • Severe flared skirts.
    • Horizontal detailing.
    • Dresses that cinch the waist.
    • Bunching at waist.
    • Stiff fabrics.
    • Detailing below the waistline.
    • Severely voluminous skirts.
    Swimsuits
  • Bottoms that are too small.
  • Skirted suits that end at your widest part.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Rosie  |  March 14th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    hello im very proud of yur dress very nice to go out

    thanks very much got lots of comments from my friends
    bye geart job !!!

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