5 Ways to Flatter a Bottom-Heavy Figure

Think Fit-and-Flare


  • Go for a fit-and-flare silhouette. Draw attention to the waist with a belt, gathers, band or other feature. The top should flare out from the fitted waist.
  • Take the fit-and-flare silhouette one step further by opting for a strapless dress. You’ll get the benefit of showing off your shoulders while concealing your hips. Also, the strong line of bare shoulders helps balance a wider bottom half.

Find Jeans That Flatter


You can look great in jeans. The key is to choose leg openings and back pockets to fit your figure. Here’s how:

  • Bootcut leg openings are the most flattering jean legs of all. The slight flare balances out wider hips and fuller thighs.
  • Opt for a darker wash jean for the most slimming look.
  • The longer the jeans, the longer (and thinner) your legs look. Wear bootcut jeans as long as you possibly can without having them bunch up around your legs. If you can stand them, pair jeans with high heels for a super-flattering look.

Put Prints on Your Smallest Feature


  • Another way to balance the bottom-heavy figure is to accentuate your top half with prints.
  • Vertical stripes, menswear checks or plaids, florals, and polka dots are all great options.
  • Wear a solid pant or skirt and keep jackets short. Never let a jacket end right at the widest point of your hips.

Go for a Raised Waist


  • If your natural waistline is thick, along with full hips and thighs, one of your best options in dresses is the empire-waist (raised waist) dress.
  • With this silhouette, the focus is shifted to only the top third of your body because the waist falls right below the bustline. This look works best with pear-shaped women who are small-busted.

Light on Top, Dark on Bottom


  • As basic as it sounds, the best way to use color to camouflage/highlight figure areas is to use contrasts.
  • The black bottom with white top works like a dream: it brings the eye up to the lightest hue and the top half of the body.

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