Women who have hourglass body shape have shoulders and hips of proportional width and a defined waist.
Who said you need to have the body of a supermodel to look and feel confident in your clothes? When you have all the information, dressing for your shape becomes easy! All you need are the right garments to flatter your unique figure. Anyone can look fabulous with a few simple tips and tricks!
If you identify with an hourglass shape, don’t miss these sartorial guidelines to help you look amazing! You will exude confidence wherever you go
What is an hourglass figure?
Women who have this type of body have shoulders and hips of proportional width and a defined waist. It’s a very desirable, proportionate and feminine type of body. Almost anything fitted around the waist and bosoms looks good because they accentuate a very ladylike silhouette.
What are the measurements of an hourglass figure?
Have you taken your measurements following our post here? Perfect! Now you just need to do this calculation to find out if you have an hourglass body.
One body type, diverse women
Having a defined waist doesn’t mean you need to have a wasp waist. It’s all about proportions. In other words, you can have an hourglass body and be tall, short, slim or curvy. The ideal body doesn’t exist, the important thing here is to recognise the specific features of our body and learn how to show it off with clothes that we feel comfortable in and identify with.
Dos and Dont’s of the Hourglass Figure
- Oversized garments
- Add extra volume to shoulders and hips
- Swan neck jumpers (or too closed necklines for that matter)
- Heavy prints or flounces around the chest area
- V-necks and round necklines
- Fitted tops
How do I dress for a hourglass figure?
Now let’s dive into the specifics with some suggestions and guidelines about the best essential garments that will complement your hourglass figure.
High-waisted trousers are your best friends as they define your waist. Stay away from low-rise trousers; they will only make your hips look bigger. Although you can get away with almost any type of trouser, we strongly suggest the straight or boot cut kind.
Fitted (but not tight) dresses are perfect for your shape because they enhance your waist. For instance, wrap dresses with a V-neck, soft prints and solid colours. Opt for soft fabrics as they will look better than the rigid varieties. Again, steer clear of any “spandex kind” of fabric, which is too tight as it will sabotage the elegance of your shape. Also avoid boxy dresses that hide your
Go for high-waisted skirts which are fitted at the hips, like pencil or tube skirts. Also, try skirts that flow from the hip as well as A-line.
Inspiring celebrities with an hourglass body shape
Celebrities with hourglass bodies often exude wonderful style. If you want to take some of these women as a reference, check out Laetitia Casta, Angelina Jolie, Monica Bellucci, Rihanna or Kylie Jenner looks.
In times past, the hourglass figure was also a symbol of glamour, with stars such as Marilyn Monroe in the United States and Sophia Loren and Anita Ekberg, with her long black dress in Dolce Vita, in Europe.
Outfit ideas for an hourglass body shape
These are just a few suggestions from our Personal Shoppers for your hourglass body. You can of course use the look cards included in your boxes, which are customised to your body and measurements.