Many Bella Petite readers want to know what we should avoid wearing when we are petite with big hips.
Firstly, it is helpful to know what type of figure you have when choosing clothes so you look fabulous!
If you are a petite woman with proportionally larger hips that means your figure type is pear-shaped.
Whether you are thin, curvy, or plus-size with a pear-shaped figure you may want to follow these suggestions for what not to wear.
Never forget that beautiful women come in all shapes!
WHAT NOT TO WEAR: TIGHT CLOTHING
1. For most women super tight fabrics may be unflattering to your figure type, even on the most slender frame.
This is especially true for a petite woman with a pear-shaped frame as you can see with petite celebrity singer 5’3″ Kelly Clarkson.
You really want to select styles that fit well and give you a graceful, slender, elongated appearance to look your best!
PANT STYLES TO AVOID
2. When you have a pear-shaped figure there are certain pant styles you want to avoid.
Do not wear skinny jeans or pants that sit low on your waist, or narrow down to the ankle. Definitely, avoid capri pants.
These styles will emphasize your hip size as you can see in this picture with 5’2″ Kim Kardashian who has a pear-shaped figure.
You really want to select figure-friendly high-waisted jeans with wide-leg trouser that starts at the widest part of the hip and follows straight down to the floor. Definitely pair high-waisted fitted jeans and straight leg cuts with a heel that is at least two inches in height to create a slimming effect. Also, mid-rise jeans Lucky Brand Mid Rise Lucky Brand Mid Rise AVA petite jeans (inseam 24-29) look good on pear-shaped petite-sized figure type.
TOP STYLES TO AVOID
3. Tulip tops, baby doll blouses, half shirts that expose your midriff, and baggy sweaters that cover your bum should be avoided.
You want to choose tops that are fitted and not baggy that finish at the top of your hips to emphasize your well-defined waist.
Avoid tops and short jackets that end at your bum because these draw the eye to your larger middle section.
Try experimenting with different necklines, for instance, a V-neckline and shirt-blouses elongates your upper body and draw the attention upwards.
Wear a lighter color on top and darker color with heels for your lower half to help detract from your hips.
You should follow this example of petite fashionista 5’2″ Kim Kardashian who is wearing a wide-legged trouser with a champagne V-necked blouse and high heels. She looks simply fabulous! Great brand picks for Petites with hips; J Brand, Levi’s 515 straight cuts, Right Fit Jeans, Joe’s Jeans, Tahari, David Kahn, and Citizens of Humanity are all excellent brands with great style!
WHAT NOT TO WEAR: BAGGY CLOTHING
4. Oversized baggy clothing makes all women appear to be heavier and layering can sometimes have this effect, so be sure to pick your pieces carefully. You do not want to wear clothing that
Especially if you are pear-shaped you should avoid oversized tops, dresses, jackets, and coats. You should opt for semi-fitted or fitted clothing to achieve figure-flattering results.
Petite celebrity chef 5’3″ Rachel Ray has committed two fashion infractions by wearing a baggy dress and ankle strap heels.
SHOES TO AVOID
5. Chunky shoes with ankle straps tend to make your legs appear shorter and thicker, which causes more emphasis on wide hips. Boots will have the same effect.
You may also want to avoid flat shoes to avoid looking frumpy and a dumpy bum. It is best to wear a sleek high-heeled pump or at least a two-inch heeled shoe to help give you are more of a slim-lined appearance.
We offer petite fashion advice to help you avoid unflattering looks depending on what your figure type is: Pear, Apple, Hour Glass, Athletic-Rectangle, Inverted Triangle. Not every style is meant to be worn on all petite women’s figure types and that is why we offer helpful advice, so you can select styles that are best for your beautiful petite shape.
Read us daily to get the scoop on petite fashion advice for suggestions on what to wear and not wear.
Written by: Ann Lauren
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