It’s What to Wear Wednesday and I’m getting more in depth with the Hourglass body shape, today. During the past couple of post, you’ve read about What to Wear and What Not to Wear in order to flatter the Pear/Triangular Shape figure as well as the Banana/Rectangular Shape figure. The Hourglass shape has it’s own set of rules.
Remember, if you are an Hourglass then your shoulders are aligned with your hips; you have a full bust which actually balances out your hips, a narrow and defined waist, and a rounded bottom. With these proportions, you have great curves, making the Hourglass figure one of the most desired body shapes. The goal with this figure is to enhance your narrow waist and keep your proportions between your upper and lower body, balanced.
So, let’s start with the most flattering top styles to wear:
With the Hourglass Shape, you want to find tops that are fitted or structured – always nipping at the waist. Stretchy fabrics work as well, as they hug your curves and accentuate your narrow waist. And soft fabrics like knits and silk blends gently drape over your natural curves. You dowant to avoid thick fabrics as they tend to give you more of a boxy look.
For neck styles, look for V-necks, halter tops, sweethearts, scoop necks, and wrap tops. And, avoid the wide and fitted necklines like boat necks, square necks, crewnecks and turtlenecks.
Opposite of the Pear and the Banana figures, those of you who have the Hourglass shape should stay away from ruffles, bows, slouchy pockets along the bust, and other details that add volume. Instead, look for jackets that nip at the waist and flair at the hip. Belted tops jackets also accentuate your waistline – making them extremely flattering for the Hourglass figure.
Most bottoms will look good on you. You do want to keep your pants and skirts streamlined because you want the fit around your hips and your backside. So straight-leg or a slight bootcut style is the most flattering for your body shape. The bodycon, pencil and A-line style skirts that finish at the knee will best compliment your figure. Go for as mid-rise or high-rise pants and skirts as they elongate your legs. And, avoid bottoms that have too many details at the hip. Your trousers should have flat fronts and pockets without flaps or large buttons. And, lastly, belts of all sizes are a great accessory for you.
For the video on What to Wear and What Not to Wear with the Hourglass Shape, click here: Alexandra Styles. If you would like more information about dressing the Hourglass Shape, please leave me a note below or feel free to message me directly. Next week, I’ll be talking about the Apple or Oval figure. In the meantime, have a great week.