Hourglass Body Shape

Teen Style Guide

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Your Style

Your Clothing Mistakes 

You have the most beautiful feminine shape, but the chances are, like most teens,  you are very conscious of it. As a consequence, you will likely, in many cases, probably spend a lot of time trying to cover it up.  The worst thing you could do is to cover up your slim waist and drown your bust in something baggy. Long baggy tops or dresses are best avoided. For dresses and coats, avoid loose clothing. When buying anything in tops or jackets, avoid anything baggy that carries on below the waist because it will make your legs appear short.

Avoid spaghetti strap tops and choose slightly wider straps. Pencil skirts will look great on you, but ensure that the length is not too long.  Avoid detailing like cargo pockets on trousers and skirts. Use tailored and (or) fitted fabrics throughout, including anything in stretch or jersey. Avoid loose jackets and tops that finish across your hips. 

Keep frills, bows or anything that flounces away from the body to a minimum as you are petite it will overwhelm you. Keep it simple, understated and slim fitting. Avoid wide belts, side pockets on trousers, batwing or baggy tops and pointy shoes. 

Your Best Choices 

Empire line tops are a great option if you prefer something a little looser because they fit horizontally directly under the bust and then skim your stomach and finish just below your waist. The result will lengthen your legs. This works particularly well if your top and trousers are dark. Choose sleeves that sit close to your arms rather than the batwing or loose variety. Choose pencil, A-line or straight skirts and dresses. Be confident, experiment and enjoy what you wear.


Choose fitted jackets that finish or come in at the waist. The garment will highlight your slim waist and make your legs appear longer. It works particularly well if teamed with dark trousers. A curved lapel that finishes on the bust follows the lines of your body. Sleeves that are either three-quarters in length or taper to the wrist will appear more feminine.  A jacket with one or two buttons will elongate your waist if you are petite.

Tops and Tshirts

 Choose tops and T-shirts that draw in at the waist, accentuating your beautiful shape. Full or scoop neck tops in fitted fabrics will enhance it further. Puffed sleeves that gather at the top will divert attention towards your shoulders. Do not try to use a loose top or T-shirt to hide your hip area. Wrap tops that finish at the waist will work well for you too. Heart necklines, off-the-shoulder and V-necks are also great. 

Shirts and Blouses

Fitted fabrics in shirts and blouses are perfect because they will not overwhelm you. Avoid anything with bows or detailing on your waist or around your neck. A straight simple open neckline to your bust is preferable and will flatter your décolleté.  


Avoid loose, long and chunky knitwear and select cardigans and jumpers that are better fitted. A V-neck is preferable. Avoid polo or turtle necks. A fitted cardigan with buttons that finish at the bust should be a staple garment in your wardrobe. Alternatively, a wrap sweater or cardigan would work well.   


If choosing a swimming costume, select one with a lower cut in the leg. Support and definition around the bust area will enhance your shape. Think of the bikinis and swimwear of the 1950s to get an idea on styles and cuts. 


Choose a coat that finishes just below the knee in a slight fit and flare fashion. You want the coat to be fitted at the top to the waist, and then to have a slight flare onwards to the hem. A deep V- neck collar will enhance your shape. 


Aim for fit and flare again in dresses, but this time those that skim over your waist, thereby elongating it. The classic 1950’s style, fitted at the top with a gathered or A-line skirt, would suit you well. Alternatively, look for structured dresses that are fitted all the way down, finishing just below your knee. 


The pencil, straight, or A-line skirt is your best option. Select tailored or heavy fabrics with a slight stretch. 


Choose trousers that drape loosely over your legs. Make sure that the fabric does not cling too much around your hips or thighs. If you want to look taller, a darker colour will give your legs length. When choosing trousers with pockets, avoid anything with combat style or side seam pockets. Preferably, select trousers with flat front slant pockets instead. Mid-waist trousers will suit you best; avoid any that sit low. 

Shoes and Boots

In the winter, when selecting boots, go for taller rather than anything that sits mid-calf because they will make your legs look shorter. Ankle boots are excellent. If you like heals, choose curved heals because they will balance you out better than chunky heals will. Avoid pointy shoes and go for rounded toes instead. 

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