The hourglass body has long been considered the most feminine shape for women. A full bust and bottom of equal (or close to) proportion and a small defined waist is the curvy dimensions for an hourglass figure.
Here are our tips for dressing to your shape:
- Tops with scoop, sweetheart or V necklines.
- Form fitting tops.
- Corset tops.
- Tops (loose or soft draping), tailored shirts and jackets that accentuate your waist.
- Button through cardigans.
- Two buttoned jackets.
- Any sleeve length, but if you tend to carry extra weight in your upper arms, steer clear of cap sleeves.
PS: A fuller bust needs a good bra especially under figure hugging tops or dresses. Aim for lift and separation.
- Straight or wide legged pants that fall straight down from the widest part of your hip – though you can pretty much wear any pant style as long as you balance your top proportions.
- Straight legged or boot cut jeans.
- Mid-rise or high waisted pants and skirts.
- Full skirts that fit snugly at the waist.
- Fitted or pencil skirts that show off your curves.
- Skirt lengths that best suit the style of the garment you’re wearing or flatter your leg shape/length the most.
- Form fitting dresses – especially retro styles.
- Wrap or crossover dresses with skirts that skim or fit the body.
- Any dress that accentuates the waist; just ensure the top and bottom of the dress is balanced – loose top, full skirt or fitted top fitted skirt.
- Cap sleeves, sleeveless, halter neck or strapless options.
PS: Fuller hourglass bodies should invest in shape wear to help smooth the line of your body, from bust to bottom, when wearing anything fitted or clingy.
Colours and prints
- Any colour that suits your skin tone; just be sure when wearing separates the depth of colour is similar or identical top and bottom.
- Block colours that are broken with a deeper coloured waist panel or belt.
- Prints and patterns in full ensembles – dresses, jumpsuits or pant suits for example.
- Opt for smaller prints and patterns if you’re a fuller ‘hourglass’.
- Fabrics that hug the body – spandex, lightweight matte fabrics – jersey, linen or lace for example; fabrics with a soft drape that skim your curves like cotton, chiffon, polyester-blends and viscose or light wool and silk blends. Nothing too bulky or clingy.
- Embellished fabrics that are evenly ‘decorated’ – not top or bottom heavy.
- Belts, sashes or ties to define your waist and figure.
- Statement necklaces and earrings.
- Any shoe or boot that flatters the length and shape of your legs.
Celebrities with Hour Body Shapes
- Sofia Vergara
- Salma Hayek
- Jennifer Love Hewitt