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What to wear on your bottom half when you're very chunky of thigh?

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CatAmongThePigeons Thu 17-Oct-13 22:40:10

I'm a tall size 14 (for hip/thigh space) and I have huge thighs, at one point near the top they widen on the outside' attractive! So I look odd in pretty much everything.

What could I wear to minimise the thigh issue but still look good?

bigbrick Thu 17-Oct-13 23:34:35

A long cardi in thin wool or stretch fabric that finishes below the part you want to cover. Wear this open and add a distraction such as a bold necklace or scarf to take the focus

CatAmongThePigeons Fri 18-Oct-13 09:23:28

Would that not make it look worse? Maybe it's the cardigan I have, but it hangs down over my waist and clings to my thighs as they're huge. I didn't think of using necklaces to draw the eye, thanks!

CarolBornAMan Fri 18-Oct-13 09:34:34

Oh this is me.. tall and slimmish everywhere except for comedy thighs that make me so wide I am beyond a pear.. So here is what I do to make them look less obvious.

1. Avoid trousers unless they are palazzo style - these are quite wide legged and so dont show up the huge thighs as slimmer fitting ones do ..make sure wear a belt to show a slimmer waist and some shape
2. Wrap dresses - pulled in tight around waist and with a fab necklace and a good bra to make top half stand out more and draw attention away from bottom
3. Dark bottoms and bright tops - lots of horizontal stripes on tops build up shoulders etc to make things look more balanced
4. Skirts - a good a line skirt with nice detail on hem and fitted tops to show the waist.
5. Cropped tops - I think you need to show off the slim bits and provide some curves as hiding big thighs with baggier and longer lines just adds weight all over.
6. Good boots/tights etc - take attention away from thighs..
7. Subtle shoulder pads - create a more hour glass shape by adding to upper body

CatAmongThePigeons Fri 18-Oct-13 10:56:57

Ooh some great ideas there, Thanks Carol although I'm not sure I could get away with cropped tops with the stomach I have.

grin at your username!

evertonmint Fri 18-Oct-13 11:32:20

I have big thighs, although I am not blessed with height sad. What Carol says is very good advice.

A line skirts are great, as are flared dresses (sort of 50s style). I love wrap dresses with big skirts.

By cropped, Carol may mean things that sit on the waist rather than things that only skinny 16 year olds can wear! I find anything that finishes lower emphasises the hip/thigh width. An A line skirt with a waist length cardigan/top is the most flattering look on me. Also if you have good boobs then a bit of cleavage draws the eye to that and away from the thunder thighs.

Brighter colours up top, muted and plain (no pattern) below. Maybe a bold necklace again to draw the eye higher.

bigbrick Fri 18-Oct-13 11:56:19

Thinking long & fluid on the cardi. The waist cardi is good as well with an an A line skirt

Skinheadmermaid Fri 18-Oct-13 12:24:44

I have the same problem-even at my slimmest i have saddle bags! I wear a looser yet sheer top on my top half to balance it out. Plus it's sheer so you can see my top half is slimmer then my bottom so i don't look big all over (6 on top-10 on bottom!) Blouses or shirts are really good for this.
Skirts that flare out are really good, like skater shirts as they sit on the waist and camouflage big upper thighs.
I also find a shorter t shirt that finishes above the thigh is far more flattering then one that finishes on the thigh or halfway on the problem area. So its either a long shirt/top to my relatively slim mid thigh or a short t shirt that finishes above. Sounds obvious but took me years to stop tugging all my t shirts down!

CarolBornAMan Fri 18-Oct-13 14:12:28

oh yes to be clear I am talking cropped in the middle aged woman sense of wearing things cut to hit the waist or slimmest part - no flashing my gut ever!! it is about making an illusion and showoing of the slimmest bits and making sure stuff does not end at your widest point.

LightasaBreeze Fri 18-Oct-13 16:07:42

These in the darker colour and the long length would probably be quite flattering if you are tall.

QueenofLouisiana Fri 18-Oct-13 20:22:45

I have the jeans from Boden. I have worn them a lot- smart enough to go out in, comfy for running around the shops with DS. I also have "strong" thighs!

CatAmongThePigeons Sun 20-Oct-13 09:31:45

Thanks for the responses, lots to go on! Glad to hear the cropped tops are not of the hideous flab showing variety grin

I'll try the boden trousers but I always found that boden is a smidge too short in the leg, although the reviews say otherwise.

I have have fairly good boobs, but need to find a good cleavage bra and I can draw eyes up rather than down.

Thanks again, I feel a shopping spree coming on. grin

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