Lucky you! Your figure is referred to as the ideal body shape.
You have a shapely, balanced figure. Your hips and shoulders are about the same width and you have a well defined waist.
You have plenty of options dressing for your body shape.
...to emphasize your curves, especially your waist, without adding bulk.
Fitted and semi-fitted clothes
Soft, clingy, flowing fabrics
Low to medium-low necklines
Dresses with defined waistlines
Straight and gently flared pants
Straight and gently flared shirts
Stiff, bulky, fabrics
High necklines (unless you have a small bust)
Skirts with open pleats
Very tapered pants
...the guidelines for your vertical body shape.
Dressing for your shape is
an essential part of a style makeover.
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These guidelines only take into account your horizontal and vertical body shapes. The recommendations may change based on other features such as your age, your weight, your face shape, your neck length and any figure flaws you may have.
women's estyles program gives you personalized style
recommendations that take all your proportions into account.
The most common problem I see for women with an hourglass figure is that they limit their choice of clothing too much (especially if their preferred clothing style is classic).
There are a large range of styles that suit an hourglass body shape, below are examples of just some of the styles that will work (as long as you don't have a figure challenge that removes them from your recommendations):
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Your best dress silhouettes will be those that echo your hourglass shape. Styles with a definite waist, or with shaping at the waist will be your best dress shapes
If you do go for a looser, or straighter style make sure it is in a soft, flowing fabric that shows, rather than hides, your shape. Also consider wearing it with a belt
Remember your aim is to echo your hourglass horizontal shape, so look for top and bottom combinations that maintain this balance.
Of course having an hourglass body type doesn't mean that you don't have figure challenges you'd like to disguise! You may still be carrying more weight than you'd like. Or you may have broad, square shoulders that mean you'll want to avoid styles that overly emphasize this, such as spaghetti straps.
There are also 2 main variations in the silhouette of this shape:
Your hips may be widest near your thighs (this is probably the shape that comes to mind most readily when you think of an hourglass figure), or
You may have a fairly straight line from just under your
waist to the top of your thighs. This may create create a shelf-like
look around your midriff.
For this shape dresses and skirts that are straight, or subtle A-line (an A-line shape that falls straight) from the hip through the thigh area, rather than an obvious A-line shape, will work best. However, a defined, or shaped waist in the clothing is still recommended. Avoid a lot of pleating at the waist,
Flat-fronted pants will work better than pleats, which are likely to pull open and add bulk at the waist
To me this figure invokes images of the 1950s style of dressing, as shown so well in the recent "Mad Men" TV series. The UK series "The Hour" and the Australian series "Paper Tigers" were also set in the 50s and show great, classical examples of dressing the hourglass figure. Of course, just because you have this shape, it doesn't necessarily follow that your style personality is classic. However, if you do, these shows should give you some great ideas for outfits.
Marilyn Monroe is one of the most famous women with this shape. Others include:
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Halle Berry, Scarlett Johanssen, and Sofia Vergara
Dressing to flatter your shape is one of the fundamental steps to looking your best. However, it is just 1 of 6 steps. Be sure to check out all of the 6 steps to savvy style to ensure you know all the fundamentals as well as how to build your own inspirational wardrobe.
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