How to Dress for Your Body Type: The Fragrance Bottle

Do you always find pants that fit your hips but then gape at the waistline? Or ever think if your hips, thighs, and bum were just a teeny bit smaller, then you'd be perfect? Jacqui Stafford, celebrity style expert and author of The Wow Factor: Insider Style Secrets for Every Body and Every Budget, calls your shape the "fragrance bottle."


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You probably never have a problem finding tops that fit, but usually need to go up a size or two to find pants that fit. And no matter how much weight you lose, it never seems to come off your bum or thighs.

The key with your shape is to downplay your heavier bottom half by wearing pieces that bring the focus up to your top half. The simplest way to do this: wear lighter, eye-catching colors and prints on the upper half of your body and darker, muted shades on the bottom.

What Works: 

  • Focus on pieces that draw attention up to your neckline and shoulders, like shrugs, boleros, flutter sleeves, cap sleeves, wraps, statement necklaces, and eye-catching earrings.
  • Look for classic silhouettes in solid shades that skim over your bottom -- like a longer-length, slim line black blazer. (You can wear it over just about everything.)
  • Embrace colorful scarves or bold prints to draw all eyes upward.
  • An A-line dress will skim over your hips and bum to conceal your bottom half. Look for one that cinches you in at the waistline then falls gently away from the hips; any flare will completely conceal the hips and thigh zone.
  • Go for strapless tops or wide, broader necklines that visually broaden your top half. Broader shoulders make your hips and thighs look slimmer in comparison.
  • Look for pants without any extra embellishments, zippers around the thigh, or hip-widening pockets. Consider taking your pants to the tailor and having the pockets removed or sewn shut. Keep away from wearing anything on the bottom with fussy pleats, ruffles, or horizontal stripes.

What Doesn't:

  • Hip-widening side pockets which draw giant arrows to the width of your body
  • Fitted, pencil skirts that serve to make your bum look bigger
  • Formless tunic dresses that hit just above your knee and highlight thick legs
  • Cigarette leggings with tops that stop at the waist; choose tunic styles that hit no shorter than the top of the thigh
  • Baggy pants with pockets in the hope that they'll hide your legs and bum (they'll only make them look bigger)
  • Patterned or lighter-color pants

The Best Dress for Your Shape

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A printed fit-to-flare dress will accentuate all your best features.

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The Best Casual Outfit for Your Shape

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Go for a brightly colored silky blouse and pair with super slimming dark-wash jeans. Remember the trick is to keep the attention focused toward your upper half.

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