I am a U.K. size 8 (U.S. size 6), and I have not bought a pair of trousers in 6 years because slim-cut ‘hipster’ trousers are unflattering to my curves. Many of my clients feel the same way about pants. No matter what size you are, if you have hips and a waist, this style of trouser will inevitably cut in at the wrong part of your body and result in a dreaded roll of flesh that hangs over the top of the waistband.
Hipster skirts ride up and down, because the hourglass has no defining flat area. The top of the skirt invariably bunches up, leaving you with about 6 inches of spare material at the back of the waist. This is unflattering, and makes it look like you are wearing someone else’s oversized clothes.
To compensate for the side-effects of the hipster shape, fashion has designed lots of nifty tops that are either empire line, cut under the bosom, or smock based and baggy. But these are not flattering to curves.
- Wear fitted clothes.
- Celebrate and exaggerate that great waist.
- Refuse to buy hipster skirts and trousers which are cut straight. Look for high-waisted styles instead.
- Buy tops that nip in at the waist.
- Wear short tailored jackets.
- Choose pencil or slightly A-line skirts.
- Belt whenever you can.