Also avoid styles that tend to over-emphasize either bust or hips. For example, if you wear a gathered skirt, your hips will look bigger and make you look bottom-heavy. Paying attention to style and cut in the garments you buy pays off when your clothing flatters your ideal hourglass figure shape by following your natural curves. So even though a garment may be the latest trendy item, think twice before buying any clothing that hides your lovely shape.
Your other big challenge will be to find clothing that fits you well. Because most manufacturers cut their clothing for women who have triangle or sometimes rectangle shapes, you will often find that a dress that fits well in the bodice does not fit well in the hip area. Consider:
- wearing separates to attain a better fit.
- finding a dressmaker who can custom fit your clothes.
- becoming expert at fitting if you sew.
- finding a tailor who can alter ready-to-wear garments to your satisfaction.
In our example pictured above, we'd like Salma Hayek's beautiful outfit a bit better if she had selected shoes without ankle straps and had her dress hemmed shorter to just graze the bottom of her knees, both of which would make her look taller.