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The Best Dress Styles For Ladies With Wide Hips

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If you've been blessed with wide hips, then your goal may be to find a dress that makes your figure look more balanced. Luckily, there are a few dress styles that can draw the attention away from your hips and make you look a bit broader on top. Here's a look.

A-Line Dresses

Dresses that are fit tightly around the waist and then flare outward tend to make you look more balanced on top. Look specifically for A-line dresses with long, flowing skirts. The best options will also have some embellishment up top, such as a large ruffle or some buttons. 

To keep the attention focused upwards, make sure you wear understated shoes with your A-line dress. For instance, a nude heel will look good with most any color dress, and black is a good choice in the winter. If the dress you choose is not overly embellished on top, you can pair it with a statement necklace to add some more balance.


If you're headed to a more formal affair, like a wedding, you may want to go for a mermaid-style gown. This style of dress comes in tightly at the waist, which draws attention to your waistline — not your hips. An off-shoulder mermaid dress is a particularly good choice for many wide-hipped ladies. If you feel self-conscious about a dress that shows off your waist so cleanly, pair it with a thick belt.

Mermaid-style gowns can usually stand up to a bright or flashy shoe. Consider pairing a more neutral-colored dress, like a gray or black one, with flashy turquoise or pink shoes. You could even match a statement necklace to your shoes for an even louder look.

Jacketed Sheath Dresses

Sheath dresses tend to give your body a more elongated look, camouflaging your hips. On its own, this can leave you looking a bit boxy, but you can add a jacket to the outfit to draw a little more attention upward. Look for a shorter jacket that ends just at your waist. For a more casual look, choose a jacket with some structure and buttons. For a more formal look, a looser, more flowing jacket is ideal.

A simple necklace pulls this look together nicely. Choose shoes in the same color as your jacket. It's okay for your shoes to have a bit of bling since the jacket will balance them out. 

With the looks above, your wider hips will look more in proportion with your body — and you'll feel like your best self!