Hourglass? How to Dress for Your Body Type

hourglassIn this fourth installment in the series, I will be looking at the hourglass body shape and giving you tips on what to wear and what to avoid.

Am I An Hourglass?

You are defined as having an hourglass body type if your bust and hips are about the same size and your waist is much smaller. You have a larger bust and possibly shoulders. You have a wider back but do have a small waist. You have larger hips and butt, and your overall body lines are rounded. Your body appears balanced, and emphasizes your full-rounded bust, hips and butt.

What To Wear?

If you would like to minimize your bust and hip fullness, do so by emphasizing your shoulder and neckline area by leading the attention up toward your face. You can also choose to slightly fill out your waist, as this will also minimize your curvier areas. When choosing tops, look for anything that is belted or that wraps, as they will highlight your best asset: your very defined waistline. Scoop and V necklines are great options, drawing the attention up towards your face. When choosing jackets, look for those that end right above or below your butt. Again, all belted jackets and coats are a great option for your body type.

When it comes to skirts, look for A-line, pencil and circle styles. And don’t forget, pencil skirts are a great way to show off your natural curve, especially when worn with a shirt tucked in at the waist! Look for flared, bootcut and wide leg pants or jeans. The slight flare at the leg opening will balance your curves.

What To Avoid?

Try to avoid high necklines, such as turtlenecks, as they will draw attention away from your waist. Do avoid puffy sleeves, breast pockets or anything else that will visually add volume to your larger bust. Avoid tops that are loose-fitting around your waist and empire dresses, as both styles will hide your defined curves.

Happy shopping!


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