You have perfect proportions between your upper and lower body with a well defined waist. Dressing is often quite easy as many styles suit an hourglass shape. Your only limitations will come from other factors such as weight, prominent features, age, your shoulder-line etc.
Weight gain does not become apparent until you are moderately overweight, as the weight tends to be distributed evenly and the waist remains proportionally small.
To flatter your hourglass body shape the following Do’s and Don’ts will be of help help when you venture on your next shopping expedition or when you are assessing your current wardrobe.
- Shapely garments especially at the waist
- Soft fabrics
- Emphasise curves without cluttering
- Straight and slightly flared pants and skirts (pencil skirts exaggerates the curve from the hip to the knee)
- Dresses that emphasise the waist
- Tops that fit the waist are wide open on the neckline and has something to divert the eye towards the shoulders like puffed sleeves.
- Simple jewellery.
- Jacket with curved curved lapel to show off curves, 3 quarter sleeves show off elegant wrists and suggest a delicate frame.
- Shirts that have side fastening (do not button all the way to the top)
- Cute shoes with rounded toes, peep toes or bows.
- Make sure that dress or top fits the bust foremost as it is easier to take things in at the back.
- A coat with a deep V and full skirt and pockets on the hips.
- Stiff fabrics
- Cluttering the body
- Baggy styles
- Skirts with open pleats
- Tapered pants
- Flap side pockets on trousers
- Big Belts
- Batwing sleeves
- Deep V-neck fitted cardigans
- Ankle straps shoes, pointy shoes like stilettos or cowboy boots
- Watch that sleeves around the arms don’t cut in.
Famous Hourglass Body Shapes
Nigella Lawson, Salma Hayek, Charlotte Church and Marilyn Monroe.
Blog written by Angela Barbagallo, Fashion Stylist
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