Month: February 2012

Ask tristinstyling: How Do I Dress My Wider Hips?

Q:

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?

A:

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…



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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 – whitehouseblackmarket.com

Calvin Klein sheath dress
$118 – nordstrom.com

Banana Republic wrap dress
$98 – bananarepublic.gap.com

White House Black market
$178 – whitehouseblackmarket.com

White House Black market
$138 – whitehouseblackmarket.com

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 – talbots.com

White House Black Market chain necklace
$64 – whitehouseblackmarket.com

White House Black Market chain necklace
$58 – whitehouseblackmarket.com

White House Black Market nickel free earrings
$24 – whitehouseblackmarket.com

White House Black Market nickel free earrings
$24 – whitehouseblackmarket.com

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 – forever21.com

Print blouse
$68 – nordstrom.com

White House Black Market layered sweater
$88 – whitehouseblackmarket.com

Pleione top
$58 – nordstrom.com

White House Black market
$68 – whitehouseblackmarket.com

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 – nordstrom.com

Habitual stretch flare jeans
$185 – nordstrom.com

Paige Denim zipper jeans
$169 – nordstrom.com

Banana Republic boot cut jeans
$80 – bananarepublic.gap.com

Forever 21 denim pants
$28 – forever21.com


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

Shoes
$220 – thewalkingcompany.com

Shoes
$120 – thewalkingcompany.com

Women’s Me Too Nicki Black
$70 – shoes.com

triangle body type image above from instyle.com.