Small hips?

Another Harmony body shape post! Today we’re going to show you how to add a bit more curve to your hips with a few simple tricks.

Dresses that are great for average hips

A-line Dress

An A-line dress is one that increases from the waist to hem, creating the shape of a capital letter A. This classic and feminine style of dress is very forgiving and looks great on a variety of body types. Look for A-line dresses with bold patterns for a fresh look. Avoid A-line dresses with halter-tops, that combination can over do it and transform your silhouette to more of a pear shape.

Wrap Dress

A wrap dress is a dress that is open in the front, wrapped around the body and tied together. The draping gives a slimming effect and the clinch in at the waist and allows material to flow down straight, creating a sexy hip shape that tends not to be too voluptuous. The deep V-neck that generally occurs in wrap dresses creates a dramatic and elegant look for the shoulders and decolletage.


The waistline of an empire dress comes right below the bust, depending on the material the skirt portion continues to the hem in a straight line. These dresses are trendy and can be super sexy when worn correctly. The empire waist draws quite a bit of attention to the bust, so for a girl of average hip size it’s a good idea to pick a dress with a moderate length to balance it out.


A sheath dress typically hugs the body and is straight from the hip to hemline. While ladies with larger hips may want to be careful with this style, those with average hip size will love the effect a sheath dress can have. It hugs curves, but doesn’t reveal too much and is the type of dress you could wear from office to evening. Since this style of dress is usually very simple, a sheath dress is a good style to experiment with fun patterns and colors.

What to Avoid

Stay away from straight, black shift dresses at all costs. The way these travel straight down the body with no stopping at Go, no collecting $200, will detract even more from your hip-less situation. If you must wear something like this (think un-democratic bridesmaid dress selection), add a belt in the middle for a much-needed infusion of interest and width. Also stay away from the above-mentioned wide bootleg jeans, whose big bottoms can easily overpower your tiny midsection, making you look like a head with feet and a nonexistent body.


This should help create some shape for those lacking it in their lower half. Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comment box below.

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