Dressing for Your Body Shape: Hourglass

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As we have learned, the Hourglass body shape is defined by a figure that has an equal balance of shoulders/bust and hips with terrific waist definition.  By many experts, this shape is considered the ‘ideal’ body shape.  Do keep in mind that some people can have a secondary body shape.  For example, if your hips are slightly fuller, you may want to try some of the tips for a Pear shape.  There are numerous ways to flatter and accentuate the positives of this particular shape and make the most of those curves.

  • The overall goal for an hourglass-shaped figure is to focus on your waist and not hide those beautiful curves under shapeless shifts.
  • Color – Wearing your darker colors in the middle will help emphasize your narrow waistline. If you are trying to slenderize your generous curves, vertical details such as prints or pleats are the way to go.
  • Shapes – Avoid jackets and dresses that look boxy because your curves will disappear. Dresses and jackets that nip in at the waist are perfectly suited for you.  Soft draping fabrics also flatter your curves but they are best with a little stretch for some forgiveness.  V-necks and wrap tops or dresses are slimming for your upper half, especially if you are on the busty side.  Boot-cut pants can help balance out the curves if you feel you are too curvy in places.  If you are on the shorter side with an hourglass figure, make sure your lines are lengthening.
  • Accessories – Belts are your best friends! They perfectly highlight your slimmest feature and really accentuate your perfect proportions.  Heels will help lengthen and slim your legs.

Just remember that we are all shaped as we are supposed to be, and there are flattering styles for everyone!

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