Body Types

Dress The Hourglass Body Type

The hourglass body type…the most desired body shape for women. Like an hourglass which has the same width at the top and bottom with a defined middle, women with hourglass shape have shoulders and hips approximately the same width and a defined waist that is at least 9” smaller than the shoulders or hips.

hourglass womanCelebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Christina Hendricks, and Kelly Brook are categorized as hourglass-shaped.

Most hourglass women consider this shape as the most difficult to style. You can’t wear too much at your upper body, and neither can you do so on the lower body as it will cause an imbalance to you. Baggy clothes do not enhance the hourglass silhouette, therefore most of the clothing styles of hourglass-women are formal.

The keys to dressing the hourglass body type are to:

  • Highlight the curves;
  • Make the waist the focal point; and
  • Proportionally balance both the upper and lower body at the same time.

The Do’s:

Wear fitting clothes: Go for fitting clothing as they will show off your womanly body. Point to note: fitting clothing does not mean tight clothing.

Thin and light-weighted fabrics: Choose clothing that are light-weighted and thin fabrics like cotton and silk as they tend to glide over your curves and flatter your body shapes. Avoid thick textured and bulky fabrics like brocade, tweed, grosgrain and bouclé as they are not able to follow your body’s curves hence make you lose your curvy shapes.

Pants: Wear straight, bootleg or wide legs pants. Straight cut or skinny pants are perfect if you have long legs. Bootleg and wide legs pants are flattering because they balance the hips.

Peplum tops, dress and skirts: They are an hourglass women best friend as they flatters the curves and show off your waist really well.


Add belts or waistbands on your tops and dresses: You may add a belt or waistband to your outfit to flatter your waist. It should be worn at the narrowest part of your waist and act as the defining point of your entire outfit. Thin and wide belts work for hourglass women. However if you are short-waisted or petite, avoid wide belts.

Belted coats: Coats that can be belted or buttoned at the middle emphasize your waist. Trench coats and A-line coats that concentrate on your waist are the ideal choice. If you don’t have long legs, wear coats that end above the knee.

Tops and jackets: Wear waist-defining tops and jackets to flatter your already gorgeous figures.

hourglass body type

The Don’t’s:

Avoid baggy clothing: The key is to show the womanly curves, therefore avoid baggy and boxy clothing as they will only hide your curvy shape and tiny waist.

Avoid too many detailing and embellishment on your tops, jackets and dresses: Big ruffles, draping fabric, bow on your tops, jackets and dresses should be avoided as they tend to add heaviness to your upper part thus making you disproportion. If you want to wear them, make sure you add heaviness to your lower part, such as flared or pleated skirts, to balance it off. However, if you are small-busted, it’s okay to wear them. Shoulder pads should be avoided as well.

Avoid low-waisted pants or skirts: They hit at your hips making your hips look bigger. Mid-rise or high-rise pants on the other hand get to show off your curvy hips. High-rise pants or skirts start at the natural waistline drawing the eyes to your tiny waist. Make sure to tuck in your top.


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