With more than one curvaceous starlet rising as a style icon, it's no wonder wider hips are a common request. If you're a female vying for curvy hips, there are ways to visually re-sculpt your frame, at least when fully clothed. Know what cuts, colors and fabrics to choose, and you can create your ideal feminine figure.
Try Horizontal Stripes
Wear a horizontal-striped dress to broaden your hips. This pattern visually widens the area to create the illusion of curves. Look for slimmer stripes as opposed to wider stripes to truly gain from the widening effect. To further enhance curves, seek out a formfitting dress with a bit of stretch that will flaunt your womanly assets.
Shine in Metallics
Buy a dress in a metallic, shiny or reflective material. These fabrics bounce light to visually make the area appear larger. Choose a dress in an all-over shiny fabric or a color-block dress with a metallic sheen below the belt; either way, you want sheen on your lower body to create the illusion of shapely hips.
Go for the Pleats
Create volume and bulk by wearing a dress with all-over pleats that fall from the waistline. Since pleats sit on the hips, they will highlight and add bulk to that area. Choose a dress with pleats that fall from an elastic waistband. The waistband will cinch in your waist and the area below will appear curvier.
Seek Out Peplums
Broaden your hips in a peplum dress -- a short flared section attached to the waistline of a garment. Choose a dress with a larger peplum, as the extra fabric will visually create wider-set hips. Ensure the peplum falls over the hips; if the peplum sits higher on the waistline, you'll broaden your waist instead of your hips.
Embrace Feminine Details
Draw attention to your hips in a dress with feminine details on the hips -- frills; tiers; ruffles; gathering; or ruching, a pleated or gathered strip of fabric used for trimming. By highlighting what you do have, the area will appear shapelier. Dresses with any kind of fluff or attention-grabbing details below the waistline will aid in creating a more womanly shape.
Define the Waist
Show off your curves in a dress that defines the waist. By accentuating a smaller part of your body, areas above and below will appear larger by contrast. Avoid sheath or straight dresses, as this could give you a rectangular or boyish shape. Instead, seek out dresses with a belt or cinched-in waist to visually enhance your curves.