How To Dress An Hourglass Figure
Greetings! If you’re looking for advice on the most flattering clothing for an hourglass body shape, you’ve landed in the right spot. As someone who has styled and helped many private clients and celebrities such as Katy Perry and Nigella Lawson, both of whom boast hourglass figures, I have plenty of experience in this area. Typically, an hourglass shape means that your hips and bust are similar in size, and you have a well-defined waistline. To ensure a balanced look, focus on accentuating your waist and maintaining equal proportions on the top and bottom. When selecting outfits, it’s best to steer clear of anything boxy or overly intricate and opt for clean lines whenever possible. To learn if you are a true hourglass check out my colour analysis and body type styling. Don’t forget to invest in a properly fitting bra that provides ample lift. Single-breasted jackets and coats that hug your waistline work well, as do high or mid-rise jeans and trousers that fall straight down from the widest part of your hips. Depending on your height, circle skirts and pencil skirts can also be quite flattering, as can fitted wrap tops and dresses. Always strive to highlight your waist and follow your natural curves, avoiding anything that drapes straight down from the bust. I hope you find these tips helpful!
- Avoid any dresses or tops that hang from the bust straight down. It is a style that will make you look big and hide your lovely figure.
- Define your waist and follow your natural curves.
- Invest in the right bra that lifts your bust and have a bra fitting.
- Avoid anything boxy or too fussy.
- Opt for clean lines where possible.
- If you do not mind showing off your bust, choose a wide scoop or heart-shaped, square, V or off the shoulder neckline if you would rather not go for round or oval necklines.
- Avoid bright fussy jewellery, especially around the neck, because it will upset your natural balance.
- Avoid turtle and polo necks because they will add volume to the top, thereby shifting your balance.
- Choose simple flat sleeves over puffy or baggy varieties.
- Choose fitted tops that skim your waist and finish at the top hip to enhance your shape.
- Fitted wrap tops and dresses work well on you.
- A belt in a dark colour will enhance your waist.
- If you are considering a jumpsuit or playsuit, look for a style that comes in at the waist with simple straight lines.
- For shorts, choose a style that finishes just above the knee and comes in a medium to high waisted style.
- Choose single-breasted fitted jackets and coats that come in and define your waist.
- Opt for high or mid waisted jeans and trousers that fall straight to the floor from the broadest part of the hip. Alternatively, straight, bootcut and bellbottom can also work well. Avoid low rise.
- Look out for circle skirts that will nip in at your waist or pencil skirts that will follow your curves. Avoid too much fuss or embellishments.
- In dresses, again consider pencil dresses or fit and flare styles. Depending on your height, they should finish at just below the knee or longer.
Hourglass Coats And Jackets
Og you are looking for a new coat, try the fit and flare style or one that can be belted to enhance your waist. For jackets a single button would work best in a fitted style.
Skirts For An Hourglass
Circle skirts or pencil skirts suit you. If you choose a pencil skirt find one that has decent support.
When looking at pants choose a style that falls straight to the floor from the widest part of your hip. Have the leg length altered by a tailor if necessary. Make sure you take the shoes you will wear them with to the fitting!
When looking at leggings choose high-waisted. They will follow the contour of your body better and fit comfortably around the waist.
Tops For An Hourglass Body Shape
If you are looking for a new top for your hourglass body shape the consider a wide V neck, square neck or a wide scoop.