Styling tips: Dos and Don'ts for wide hips
Loose and asymmetrical tops emphasize the upper body. Waisted tops, short cut jackets/blazers and trousers with a high waist balance the proportions. Slightly flared skirts and dresses fall over the hips in a flattering way.
Go High On Waist
If you have a bottom heavy body, high waisted pants or jeans are your best buddy. These elegant bottom wear are an excellent way to highlight your shape. The higher the waist-rise, the better, as it hides a large portion of your tummy, making your legs appear longer and your hips appear slimmer.
The new study was published May 25 in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research. Pass it on: People's hips get wider as they get older not just because of fat, but because their pelvic bones actually grow wider.
Lipoedema is more common in women. It usually affects both sides of the body equally. In early-stage lipoedema, you may have heavy legs, a narrow waist and a much smaller upper body. You may have a large bottom, thighs and lower legs, but your feet will usually be unaffected.
Hormones drive the deposition of fat around the pelvis, buttocks, and thighs of women and the bellies of men. For women, this so-called sex-specific fat appears to be physiologically advantageous, at least during pregnancies.
Increase resistance training. Participating in total-body, muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week may help you burn calories, reduce fat mass , and strengthen your thighs. Include lower-body exercises such as lunges, wall sits, inner/outer thigh lifts, and step-ups with just your body weight.
Whenever possible, wear heels to elongate your legs. Balance out your mid-section with bootcut, wider leg or flare jeans & pants. For skirts, invest in an A-line, full, or maxi-skirt. Wrap and A-line dresses will likewise flatter, creating a smaller waist & drawing attention away from the bottom as the cut opens up.
Peplums are a good way to make your hips look curvier. The peplum should be structured and not hang loosely from the article of clothing. If you're wearing a peplum, stick to slim pants or pencil skirts that go below your knees to create a tapered look. This will make your hips look curvier and your waist smaller.
Avoid boxy and straight skirt styles as well as stiff fabrics. Keep away from skirts with big voluminous pockets, ruffles, darts or other embellishments around the hips unless you balance them with details around the chest. Finally, stay away from low-waisted skirts since these would add bulk to the lower body.
That's one theory proposed by researchers who recently discovered that the size of the female pelvis changes across your lifespan–getting wider from puberty up until the age of 25 to 30, then shrinking gradually from the age of 40 on.
Most people don't grow any taller after the age of 20, but a recent study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research found evidence that the pelvis -- the hip bones -- continues to widen in both men and women up to about age 80, long after skeletal growth is supposed to have stopped.
Do childbearing hips make giving birth easier? The bottom line is yes — having childbearing (wider) hips could make childbirth easier. Wider hips provide plenty of room for a baby to pass through the pelvic bones.
Skinny jeans can create a sharp line from the waist down. It can be an exaggerated line for women with big thighs because of a wider hip and thighs and slimmer ankle. To draw the attention away from these problem areas, avoid looking like an upside-down triangle. Don't wear oversized, bold patterned tops.
Since mom jeans are somewhat loose-fitting already, they are a super comfortable fit for women with thicker thighs. Meanwhile, they still showcase the curves of your backside and they don't hide your hips.
Flare jeans are a fashionable way to balance a bottom-heavy figure, because they create a distracting contrast between your thighs and lower legs — and bonus, they're a confident, stylish choice for work and weekends.