Hi ladies! How are you all this Monday morning? How was the weekend?? I didn’t get up to much this weekend, I was feeling well at all this weekend and it doesn’t exactly help with it being absolutely freezing! I can’t believe it snowed in areas, I am so glad it didn’t snow where I was either! Anyway so Il be continuing with the ‘different body shape’s’ and today’s post will be looking at the classic hourglass shape.
The classic hourglass features the in and out curves, the bust being rounder and fuller, slightly wider shoulders equalling out to the slightly wider, full hips.
The hour glass is one of the most desired figures, ever since the Elizabethan times where women would wear corsets and such to define the waist and produce curves leading to some of the sexiest women in the world such as Marilyn Monroe, inevitably famous for her luscious curves. Now the hourglass doesn’t hold quite the same power it used to, therefore making it harder to find clothes – but fear not where there’s a will there’s a way! 😉
Now here are a few key basic tips to dress the hourglass figure:
Ok so there you have some of the basic tips for dressing the hourglass; now below I’ve selected a few items from the high street which I think will certainly work well on this figure, resulting in only the best look.
Dresses such as this one work well all round, its sleeveless which instantly narrows the wider shoulders creating an illusion of small shoulders. The waist detail creates an invisible belt and ideal waist line. Finally the loose material gently skims over the hips and lets the dress fall just above the knees, showing off the legs.
This lace dress is also another favoutite for the hourglass, the 3/4 lace sleeves cling to the arms and show off the slim arms and wrists. The deep vneck shows of the chest and bigger bust. The colour contrast falls just on the waist line again creating an instant illusion and if that wasnt enough the belt provides extra ooomph! TIP: To layer dresses such as these you could easily pair up with a fitted blazer or jacket.
Now for those special occasions this type of dress is a definate statement piece. This will instantly leave you looking fabulous without any use of accessories! The low scoop neck will gently sit on the fuller bust showing off the cleavage, the black straps creating the subtle illusion of smaller shoulders. The material is clingy yet loose enough to flow, it fits snugly around the waist nd falls around the hips creating the perfect outline. The black belt provides extra defined waist.
This lace dress is also another favourite for the hourglass, the 3/4 lace sleeves cling to the arms and show off the slim arms and wrists. The deep V-neck shows of the chest and bigger bust. The colour contrast falls just on the waist line again creating an instant illusion and if that wasn’t enough the belt provides extra oomph! TIP: To layer dresses such as these you could easily pair up with a fitted blazer or jacket.
High waisted shorts are a definite must! Some shorts add extra volume to the hips which is something hourglasses should stay away from, it will only make you look bigger! We need to look for tailored/structured shorts and a gentler fabric such as linen, silk or light cotton. These beauties sit perfectly on the waist and with the fabric being light with the addition of pleats the material falls just on the hips. Bolder colours are always better try and avoid big patterns if you can as these will only make you look bigger!
We’ve covered dresses and skirts so let’s move on to shirts, tailored shirt are what we need to go for. Anything monochrome is perfect as it will instantly create illusions in all the right places such as this black lined blouse. The black collar creates instant eye impact. These can be great for wearing on top of leggings/jeans/trousers as well as being tucked into skirts or even shorts to create a less formal look.
Outerwear such as this long kimono type blazer is great for hourglasses, when the fabric is loose and flowing so it can skim over the hips. This long v cut shows of f the bust and chest area with the 3/4 sleeves showing off again the slim arms and wrists. Finally being able to add a wide black belt around the waist just to pull it all in and define the waist, whilst the rest of the fabric falls just below the hips. Pair with black jeans or dark blue as they will create the illusion of slimmer legs. Balancing out the overall look.
Slightly similar to the above blazer, this Mac coat has its V-neck collar with slight ruffle detail accentuating the bust area; the double breasted buttons create the small defined waist. The belt also allows this to be more accentuated. Whilst the rest of the fabric with includes subtle pleats skim the hip and fall just above the knee. A stone colure Mac such as this allows the use of more colourful jewellery.
Finally with hourglasses we can pretty much pull of high heels as well as flats. High heels are perfect for some of the dresses seen above or for those formal outfits. Whereas flats are something that we can wear with outfits including tailored shorts.
Below are some hourglass shaped celebrities, to give you an idea of how they dress for their shape:
One of the most famous celebrities known for her classic hourglass figure, Kim Kardashian really knows how to dress for her shape and create an overall flattering look every day. Here she’s seen with the A-Line skirt which sits on the waist and skims just over the hips with the addition of wide pleats, instantly making her look smaller. The nude coloured top creates a contrast to the skirt and the neckline is low enough to flatter the larger bust.
Another two looks for another celebrity famous for her hourglass figure, Jennifer Lopez shows of two outfits, both with the use of belts to define the waist. The blue dress is loose enough to flow over the hips whereas the ivory is subtly clinging to the curves.
I’m sure we all know her as ‘Ugly Betty’ but America Ferrara is a lot curvier than your average; she uses this subtle black dress which neatly clings to her figure. The use of the wide belt to pull in the waist creates a defined silhouette.
Ahhhh here we have Rihanna, who doesn’t love Rihanna! She can definitely work any outfit really knows how to flatter her figure! This khaki skirt sits just above the waist and flows over the hips and thighs just above the knee. The contrast white top with a low scoop neck shows of the chest and creates the illusion of smaller shoulders.
I guess the hourglass figure runs in the family! Kourtney Kardashian is spotted with a printed dress with the v-neck detail, sleeves which fall just of the shoulders and the defined waist detail and finally the flowing fabric which skims the hips and falls just above the knee showing off the slim pins!
Here are the top 5 Tips to dress the hourglass shape:
1. Always look for v-neck/scalloped neck dresses/shirts/blazers
2. Bolder colours are definitely our friends!
3. Loose flowing fabric is best
4. A-Line skirts and tailored shorts are the key
5. High waisted trousers/skirts and 3/4 sleeves are the way to go.
….and here are the top 5 tips to avoid:
1. Don’t wear round neck tops/dresses or jumpers.
2. Avoid all over prints
3. Avoid big baggy jumpers/tops
4. Wear dresses that cling to you too much!
5. Don’t wear too many layers; it will only bulk you up!
Well that’s all for now ladies, I hope that helped for all those of you with the hourglass shaped figures. Remember to love your figure no matter what shape you are 😉 I will soon be looking at the pear shaped figure. Have a lovely day!