You may not have JLo's considerable ASSets, but you can still give her booty a run for its money.
Mar 05, 2015 2:40pm
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1. Emphasize your booty by highlighting your waist.
Shift dresses and low-rise bottoms are your booty's worst enemy because they downplay the difference between the size of your waist, and the size of your butt and hips. The smaller your waist looks, the rounder and more bodacious your booty will look by comparison, so go for pants, skirts, and dresses that fit snugly at your natural waist, and pair them with cropped or tucked-in tops and cropped jackets. On the right: Orange High-Waisted Shorts, KEEPSAKE (Available at NASTY GAL), $158
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2. Trumpet skirts further emphasize your booty by adding another flare just below your butt.
It's sort of like stacking two hourglass shapes on top of each other, and it draws the eye down from the waist to the booty, making you look curvier overall. Drawing the eye down like that is also a great way to help balance the look of a larger chest with narrower hips and a small butt. On the right: Plum Ruffle Skirt, CAMEO (Available at Nasty Gal), $158.
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3. Stretch is your booty's BFF.
Stretch fabrics, along with proper tailoring, will allow your clothes to hug and lift your booty, rather than squash it down. And if you are looking for a great pair of jeans for your butt, you may want to consider a curvy skinny jean over a traditional skinny for a more figure-flattering shape. On the right:High-Waisted Skinny Jeans, LOFT, $45.
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4. No flimsy fabrics!
Anything made with one of those cheap, drapey fabrics that just sort of hang off your butt is going to make it look sad. Either go for something skintight that hugs your curves top to bottom, or choose an A-line silhouette in a fabric that is sturdy enough to maintain a clean, continuous line from your waist out to the hem without just going limp. On the right: **Black and White Polka Dot Skirt, BCBGMAXAZRIA, $228.
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5. Use structured pleats to add serious volume.
Make sure the fabric is sturdy enough to support the added bulk and whatever you do, no tulip or bubble skirts! They make your butt look bigger the same way a diaper makes a baby's butt look bigger, and that's not sexy. Well, not to most people anyway. On the right:Metallic Pleated Skirt, AQUA (Available at Bloomingdales), $62.
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6. Less is more (at least where length is concerned).
The more leg you show, the more the eye is going to be drawn up toward your butt. On the right:Pink Metallic Miniskirt, PIPPA LYNN (Available at Nasty Gal), $68.
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7. Avoid vertical colorblocking, which de-emphasizes your hips and booty by drawing the eye in and makes you look less curvaceous.
Horizontal colourblocking, on the other hand, is great for emphasising your curves, especially if the line where the two colors meet is right below your butt. The visual effect is similar to wearing a trumpet skirt (No. 2), without all the poufiness, or a miniskirt (No. 6), without showing so much skin. On the right: **Black and White Pencil Skirt, ASOS, $30.