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The How-To Lounge: Dressing for your Figure

I receive many questions from you lovely ladies out there asking for fashion advice. Everyone, no matter what size you wear, wants to know how to flatter her figure, so I thought the How-To Lounge was a perfect forum to answer all of your questions. No matter what your size or shape, it's all about the clothing you wear. To learn about the most flattering clothes for a "bottom heavy" woman,

  • Before you hit the stores, have an idea in your head as to what part of your body you want to hide and what parts you wish to play up. While you might be bottom heavy, chances are you have other strong features you can flaunt
  • Skirts are a great way to hide a heavy bottom. A-Line is the style you should stick with, and avoid bubble or full skirts at all costs. Knee length, or slightly shorter, is the most flattering hemline for any figure
  • If you are not comfortable with showing a little skin, opt for opaque tights or high boots
  • Stay away from rounded toe shoes. Pointed toe shoes elongate the leg and give the optical illusion of a slimmer, cleaner line
  • If you feel more confident in pants, stick with dark colors. Black, blue, or grey tailored trousers with a slight flair are always figure flattering
  • You can't go wrong with a pair of dark boot cut denim jeans. Habitual and Paige Premium are great brands for a fuller bottom. If you need a little help finding the right cut, Zafu is a wonderful website that can help steer you in the right direction to find proper fitting jeans
  • If you are smaller on top, make sure to accentuate your waste line with slim fitting sweaters and blouses

I hope these tips are helpful when it comes time to hit the stores. Check back with FabSugar's Fab Finding challenge on Monday for some style tips. Tune in next week for tips to flatter the "top heavy" woman. Happy shopping this weekend!


DearSugar DearSugar 10 years
Great tips ladies. Popgoestheworld, yes, pointed toe shoes are flattering for women with large feet too. Wear longer pants to cover the tops of your shoes to prevent the Wicked Witch of the West look!
brazilnut brazilnut 10 years
Since we are on the topic, does anyone have a suggestion for jeans that don't gap in the back? My waist is 2 sizes smaller than my bum and I ALWAYS gap in the back!
tifygodess24 tifygodess24 10 years
Yeah but watch high waists it gives people "mommy gut" so you have to becareful with that as well. I hate that. I always go with a lower waist you just have to watch the fit.( or you do get the dreaded "muffin top" ) And some straight leg pants /jeans give people "sausage legs" or "tree trunk thighs" . It takes me forever to find pants so I hear everyones frustration. I think being bigger on the bottom makes it so hard to find clothes that look well. Compared to the other shapes.
karebear5891 karebear5891 10 years
Here's a tip, if you have a high belly button (thus a high waist line) forego the hip huggers. It's just going to be unflattering to your shape and it'll squeeze well below your waist giving you a bulge. This is one of the most common mistakes that I've noticed. Hip huggers tend to be very unforgiving to waist lines and in their earnestness to follow trends and fashion, people make this mistake and instead make themselves look heavier than they actually are.
AshNik AshNik 10 years
it all sounds good Nikki
Marci Marci 10 years
Great tips from Dear AND all who posted. And my own personal tip to add is to really assess what you're wearing. Look in the mirror. The biggest fashion mistakes are ill fitting clothes or wearing things that are trendy but that don't flatter your body type. Stick with what flatters.
lexichloe lexichloe 10 years
One of my tips I give to all my friends and my very hip mom is the layering of tanks. Specifically, the long, lightweight tanks you can find for cheap at Old Navy. I wear one with almost every outfit. For a cas. look, wear it under a snug fitting tee, so you can pull the tank over your hips and it automatically slims you. They are great with sweaters, shirts, jackets, you name it. If you have a nice fitting pair of jeans, they are a must have.
katie225 katie225 10 years
thanks for the tips, though it turns out i already follow all of those rules! let me suggest one more thing: be very, very, very careful about stretch jeans. make sure that if you buy stretch jeans, that they are wide leg jeans only. because they WILL do what megg21 said happens with boot cuts: come in close at the knees and make your thighs look huge! i just bought my first pair of stretch jeans in forever, but only because they were wide leg jeans and they end up looking like flares when you wear them. other than that, i make sure that my jeans are 100% cotton (which is REALLY hard to find). i also have pretty good luck at express finding pants that fit me. now, if only they carried 28-29 inch hemlines so that i can stop having to hem my jeans! oh, and, thank GOD for spanx!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 10 years
Great tips Dear. Do the rules about pointy shoes still hold true if you have size 10 feet with AAA narrow? Every time I try them on I feel like the Wicked Witch of the West and keep expecting a house to fall on top of me so that all you could see are my big, pointy feet sticking out...
Megg21 Megg21 10 years
I think those are great tips above but as someone heavily involved/interested in fashon I just wanted to add/suggest a few things. I would actually say that when it comes to pants (for work or wherever) getting a straight leg or even a wide leg pant is better than a slight flare or bootcut. When you have a straight/wide leg pant it drops straight down from the thigh creating on long silhouette. When you have a bootcut it tends to go in and knee and then gradually flare out. Because it goes in at the knee (the smallest part) it tends to make thighs look larger. Anyway thats just my two cents. And i do really recommend Habitual (as above) for a jean brand when you have hips/thighs/a bum.
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