You are one of the luckiest women on earth, You have the Hourglass body type that most women strive for. Your bust and hips are well balanced and you have a beautifully defined waist. You have gently rounded shoulders that align nicely with your hips. Your waist is obvious and gracefully curves out to your hips. You most likely have a rounded bottom and beautiful side as well as front profile. Your upper body is proportionate in length to your legs which are shapely. From top to bottom, you are a picture of harmony and balance.

You’re an hourglass if your hips are the same width as your shoulders, you have a defined waistline, a round bottom and you’re generally curvy all over. Your bust line can either be full or average size. Creating structure by defining the waist and lengthening the leg line is the flop proof way to dress your naturally shapely bod. But you don’t always need to stick to this formula. If you fancy the idea of surrendering your waistline from time to time, there are ways to do that too.

However there are many different varieties of the hourglass body type. You don’t need to be well endowed and extremely curvy to be an hourglass, although a shapely bust and defined waist is the norm. You might find that you’re an hourglass with a slightly curvier bottom half in which case you’ll also look at the guidelines for the pear shape body type. If you’re an hourglass with a defined waist, but you’ve got midriff extra bits, you’re still an hourglass but you will also follow some of the guidelines for the apple body type.

How to Dress an Hourglass Body Shape

Make your waist a focal point: Wear the best possible bra to create curves in all the right places and define the waist even further. There’s nothing like a good lift to lift an outfit

Choose garments in soft fabrics that accentuate and skim over your curves. Knits and drapey silk blends are the best options, and so is fabric with a bit of stretch. Rigid button down shirts and straight tunic styles can work if they’re adequately tailored and have a bit of stretch. Sometimes, layering over a shirt with a cardigan or jacket gives it waist definition. Alternatively, belting shirts at the waist follows the natural contour of your body providing a flattering silhouette.

If you’re well endowed, it’s best to avoid high necklines because the bust needs room and your body type looks best with a lengthened neck. However, there are ways of making high necklines look relatively flattering if you layer over them with V-shaped items and wear long vertical necklaces. This draws the eye up and down to elongate your look.

The following necklines are often flop proof with a fuller bust and/or shorter neck: V-necks, scoop necks, boat necks, open shirt collars, V-necked halters, and cowls. Rule of thumb is to keep the top relatively simple, smooth and low scooped. You can wear tops with ruffles, pleating and funky detailing, but you’ve got to be careful with their placement.

Empire cuts are hard to wear with a fuller bust because they aren’t cut long enough from shoulder to under bust point. However, occasionally you’ll find one that works and you’ll probably like the style.

If you’re not well endowed and have a relatively long neck, wear high necklines like crews, turtle-necks, halters, shirt collars, mandarin collars and funnel necks.

Choose a bottom that elongates your silhouette: Flat-front, mid-rise, wide waist-band, boot-cut or jeans are the obvious flattering choice. Look for a skimming fit (a fit that skims over the contour of your body), and adjust the waistband as needed.

Where you can, opt for bottoms with a bit of stretch for extra comfort around your fullish bottom.

Curvy women can wear skinnies or straight legs if you match them with A-line tunics, dresses and heels. Belted tunic button down shirts look incredible so be sure to give that look a go.

It’s flop proof to wear pointy-toed or almond toe shoes with bottoms that are wide at the hem because it elongates the leg line. But round toed shoes are just as fab as long as you sport pants at the correct length (hems should almost skim the surface of the ground).

Keep walk shorts straight from the thigh down and knee-length, and avoid lengths shorter than this unless you have great gams and youth on your side. Clamdiggers (knee length Summer skinnies) work if you pair them with longer tops. But feel free to sport them with normal length tops if you’re comfortable with your curves.

You can wear most styles of skirt if they have enough structure and drop to a flattering length. Keeping skirts around the knee, sometimes a little above and sometimes a little below is an easy rule of thumb. Curvier gals need to  watch that pencil skirts do not taper too much at the side seam. A-lines are best when the panels are stitched down and shaped for extra hip definition.

You were made for dresses. Wear them as often as you can!  You wear wraps really well, as well as most A-line cuts. You rock the-fit-and-flare 50’s frock, but look just as fabulous in figure hugging sheath dresses and waist defining shirt dresses. Dresses like curves and you have them – take advantage of the situation.

Surrendering the waistline: If you like the look of voluminous tunics and dresses, you’ll be able to wear certain very specific styles. If they’re gently A-line in silhouette, structured in the shoulders with a scooped neckline, fairly short in length, and in soft drapy fabrics, chances are high that they will work. A word of warning though: voluminous silhouettes  look wide from the side even when they are cut well. So you have to be at peace with that. Obviously, you’ll look narrower in a waist defining silhouette, but it’s fun, carefree and liberating to surrender the waistline from time to time. And when you do, you’ll simply draw attention to other parts of lovely you.

If you like fashionable boxy styles like boyfriend jackets, boyfriend shirts, sack-like tunics and billowing blouses, wear them, but pair the look with sleek bottoms. Add heels to the look and you’re good to go.


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