Month: February 2012

Ask tristinstyling: How Do I Dress My Wider Hips?


I’m a 40 yr old stay-at-home mom with 2 kids (4 & 8). I am heavier on the bottom, with a bad knee. I want to project a more stylish yet functional look but am fairly conservative and my budget is $1000. What do you suggest for a daytime and date-night look?


Your body type can be described as the triangle body type where your hips are wider than your shoulders! Balance out your wider hips by making a statement up top with fun prints or pops of color and jewelry or scarves. Click here to watch a great video that shows you 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes! !

Because you’re a busy mom of 2 young children, we’ve picked out some fun and sophisticated pieces that will be easy to pull out of your closet an onto yourself with ease!

Scroll down for our suggestions with links to our suggestions in a number of price ranges…

For dresses choose pieces that have more of an a-line shape. v-neck and slightly lower necklines are ideal because they serve as a frame for accessories such as necklaces, and scarves:

Day to Night, or Just Night

White House Black Market sheer dress
$168 –

Calvin Klein sheath dress
$118 –

Banana Republic wrap dress
$98 –

White House Black market
$178 –

White House Black market
$138 –

When it comes to jewelry, you can make a statement but keep it simple with delicate pieces that bring a nice pop of color or shimmer to your neckline:

Make a little bit of a statement up top

Talbots beaded necklace
$79 –

White House Black Market chain necklace
$64 –

White House Black Market chain necklace
$58 –

White House Black Market nickel free earrings
$24 –

White House Black Market nickel free earrings
$24 –

For tops, bring attention to your other assets by choosing more detailed tops that feature fun prints or a nice solid pop of color, or ruffles!:

tops for the triangle shape

Forever 21 knit top
$25 –

Print blouse
$68 –

White House Black Market layered sweater
$88 –

Pleione top
$58 –

White House Black market
$68 –

Because skinny or tapered leg jeans will make your hips to appear wider, go for a straight or boot cut leg to balance out your hips when dressing your shape in a pair of jeans:

Denim for the Triangle Shape

Burberry Brit slim leg jeans
$195 –

Habitual stretch flare jeans
$185 –

Paige Denim zipper jeans
$169 –

Banana Republic boot cut jeans
$80 –

Forever 21 denim pants
$28 –

When it comes to shoes, there are a number of stylish but ultra comfortable options to cozy your feet into, even better, comfortable shoes = better for your knee!:

Comfortable But Stylish Shoes

$220 –

$120 –

Women’s Me Too Nicki Black
$70 –

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