While Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, and Christina Hendricks may have paved the way for real-life curvy women everywhere, some ladies still covet a small butt and hips a la Cameron Diaz—but not everyone is biologically programmed to be built this way. If you have curves thanks to your bone structure, you can’t do anything to shrink your hips; as for your rear, how “small” it appears is up to genetics, but you can improve how bootylicious it looks.
“Strengthening your glutes and reducing the layer of fat over them will change the outline of your body, whether you’re an apple or a pear, because muscle shapes you,” de Mille says. Resistance training is key to build that muscle, and “you need to work your arms and core as well as your butt,” says Dr. Wright, who recommends biking or climbing stairs (real stairs, not a machine) while swinging your arms to help propel you.
Dress to love your shape: For an instant butt lift, wear denim with back pockets that sit rather high up at the top of your derriere, Raes recommends, but watch their angle. “When pockets are angled too far down at the bottom, they can create the impression of a lower, wider butt,” she warns. And opt for a high rise. “When the waist hits higher, it emphasizes your natural hip curve, and then your butt won't look short and saggy,” she explains.