Find your HIP SHAPE - it will direct you to your Body Type.
There are only 2 basic hip shapes - and it's easy to find yours.
It has nothing to do with SIZE it's just your SHAPE that counts
Don't worry if you're not as slender as the pictures below, we're only looking at basic bone structure.
And it's really easy to find your Hip Shape... or the closest to it!
"I've had many a changing-room drama trying to fit
my curved hips into a straight skirt!
We're always talking about Body Type but I never
really knew that it's all to do with Hips"
If you don't instantly know your hip shape...
Try one of these methods to find the shape you are closest to...
1 Stand in front of a mirror in underclothes or something close fitting. Look at your profile and identify the widest part of your bottom half.
2 If you're undecided ask a friend to help. Ask her to stand behind and put her hands each side of your waist, running them firmly down your sides to find your widest part. Disregard body fat, you're feeling for bone structure.
3 If you can't figure out your hip shape you're probably lucky and don't have a problem in the hip area. If you need help to fit your figure in other areas check out your own individual BODY SHAPE for lots more information.
If some women have HIPS in one place and some in another - how do we ever find anything to fit?
Did you know that clothes are designed and specially made for these two very distinct hip shapes? Unless
a garment is completely minute and stretchy it will be cut to fit either one of these.
Some manufacturers will design for one shape of woman and some for another. Crazy isn't it? Why has no-one ever thought to tell us that? You probably haven't even realized the shapes that you have in your closet...
The skirt on the left is cut for CURVED HIPS - the waist is neat and the darts are long and deep.
This cut means that the widest part of the skirt is at thigh level - anything from 7 - 10 inches below the waist.
After the thigh is past, the skirt will then taper in again towards the knee.
If a straight hip shape wears this skirt, there will be excess fabric on the thighs, giving the appearance of 'jodpurs'.
This hip shape does not have to have a midi skirt as shown here.
The skirt on the right are cut for STRAIGHT HIPS. Because there is little waist definition, there is likely to be only a narrow waistband or sometimes no waistband at all.
The darts are short as the skirt widens immediately below the waist to accommodate the high hipbone.
Because the thighs are roughly the same width as the hips, there is no need for further shaping.
If a Curved hip tries to wear this skirt, it will ride up as there's not enough fabric in the thigh area.
This hip shape does not have to be a mini skirt as shown here.
Can you look at a skirt and know if it's the right shape for you? When you do find a brand that fits you well and is comfortable, remember the name!
But... Have you ever been in a changing room trying to squeeze into a skirt - standing sideways breathing in - holding in your tummy - blaming yourself that you're too fat!!
You know what? It's not your fault - It's just the WRONG SKIRT for you!
But now you can find out how to fit CURVED HIPS or STRAIGHT HIPS...
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