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Hourglass Body Shape

Hourglass Body Shape
  • Bust and Hips are well balanced
  • Defined waist
  • Gently rounded shoulders that align nicely with your hips
  • Most likely to have a rounded bottom

Dressing the Hourglass Shape:

This is probably the body shape most women strive for – so don’t cover it up in shapeless clothes. Even if you’re not confident about your weight, you should flatter your shape by choosing tops that taper in towards the waist and skirts that fit well over the hips and bottom.

The key to dressing an Hourglass body type is to proportionally dress the top and bottom of your body while accentuating your waist. Wide belts over shirts and dresses are a great way to show off your waist. You can create an even more curvaceous effect by proportionally adding a bit of volume to your upper and lower body, but always try to maintain balance - since it is your best asset. If you have great legs, feel free to play with skirt lengths.

Clothes to Look out for

Tops & Dresses: Look for tops and dresses that will accentuate your waist and maintain the balanced look of your figure. Look for:

  • Belted tops
  • Tops with banding or nipping at the waist
  • Form-fitting tops
  • Wrap-style tops and dresses
  • Tailored shirts and jackets
  • Scoop, sweetheart and v neck lines flatter the bust
  • Supportive lingerie is essential for larger busts

Bottoms: Lucky you! You can wear most any bottoms as long as you pair them with the proper top. Try the following:

  • High-waisted pants and pencil skirts
  • Almost any cut of trouser and jeans
  • Skirts that will show off your great legs


  • Empire Lines
  • Button up tops – these can be very ill fitting over large busts
  • Baggy clothes – these make you appear larger than you are
  • Short skirts