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Fashion Tips for a Hourglass Body

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:


Opt for…

  • 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.


Opt for…

  • 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.


Opt for…

  • 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

Opt for…

  • 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’.


Opt for…

  • 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.


Opt for…

  • Belts, sashes or ties to define your waist and figure.
  • Statement necklaces and earrings.
  • Scarves.
  • 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