Body Shape Question: What Shape Am I If I Have High Hips?
Model with hourglass shape and high hips
I have been trying to decide what body shape I am for a while now - but I just cannot seem to find out whether I'm this or that. I always end up not fitting quite into any of the specifications...
I think I might be an hourglass, as my upper and lower body are proportioned, I have somewhat big breasts and broad shoulders (slightly larger than the broadest part of my hips) and I have a defined waist, BUT - I gain weight on my upper body, especially around the tummy area, and my high hips are very broad no matter what weight I am - almost as broad as my hips. It's not a smooth graduation, instead it goes out from the waist, then in again under the high hips, then flares gradually out again on the hips and thighs. This makes me wonder if I'm an apple, but I cannot seem to make that fit either...
My high hips are my nemesis, and I feel fat wearing tops and jackets that are nipped in the waist, as I get that shelf-like appearance; not because I have a short upper body, as I don't, but because I don't have that smooth graduation from waist to hips.
So - please help me! What am I, and what's the best tips you got?
apple body shapes tend do have narrow hips and wide torso with a tendency to gain weight around the tummy, so I don't think you are an apple.
Image source: Countess Grotesque
Lumps and Bumps = Problem Area
However it definitely sounds like you are an hourglass body shape
but with hip bones further up your body. This is more of a "problem area" issue and doesn't automatically put you out of the Hourglass group.
I believe you're an Hourglass Body Shape
but with lumps and bumps (that's normal!)
What really indicates that you are an hourglass is the shape of your torso - which the shoulders and bust are at approximately same width as your high hips and your defined waist.
If I were you I wouldn't worry too much about trying to fit into one single category, but try to find one close to your shape and do some tweaking to smooth over what you don't like and add more curves to parts lacking it. My tips for Apple body shapes
help with skimming past your lower hips/abdomen.
High Hips = Short Waist
Your high hips can also be an indication of a shorter torso because the hips appear higher up on the torso and shorten it. Another characteristic that indicates that you do have a short torso is that you look wider on top (this is due to the lack of waist length) which can explain why you feel fat when wearing nipped tops.
I suggest that you also dress for this issue which you can find tips on in the Vertical Body Shape
-section. Elongating your torso will help downplay your high hips.
So you've got the ideal proportions but with an 'uneven' surface around the hips, how do dress to smoothen it out?
What to Wear with High Hips?
The right choice in bottoms is very important. Low-rise are quite popular nowadays but they only emphasize your wide high hip bones. Your best investments are mid-rise and high-rise pants/jeans/skirts
will help disguise the uneven graduation by skimming over the 'scoop'.
August 2011 Update: If worn wrong high waist can shorten your torso and highlight your high hips. Learn more about the right way to wear high waist on a short waist: Ask Anna: Can a Short Torso Work with a Highwaisted Skirt
Bottoms that float away from your waistline helps distract the eye from your hips so look for straight, boot cut, and flare leg pants/jeans.
Tops that float away from your mid-section, such as empire cut, banded tops and trapeze silhouette.
You might also discover that some of my tips on dressing a a short torso
can be useful for skimming over your high hips.
August 2011 Update: For more tips on how to dress your high hips go here: Ask Anna: I Have High Hips and I Don't Know What to Wear
Hope this helps!
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