What you should and shouldn’t wear if you have an hourglass body type


In last week’s blog we talked about 5 main body types: hourglass, pear, inverted triangle, rectangle, and apple. Now, it’s time to figure out what does and doesn’t compliment each body type. Let’s begin with the hourglass body type.  If you have hourglass shape (a fuller chest, hips, and a well-defined waist) you are probably wondering what would compliment your body type and what you should avoid.

Before we dive into what you should and shouldn’t wear if you are an hourglass, I would like to point out a few celebrities with this body shape. Among women who skillfully dress their hourglass body types are Mariah Carey, Scarlet Johansson and Beyonce. Note how Mariah has a one tone strapless dress that shows off her curves, how Scarlet has a belt and how Beyonce wows everyone at the VMAs in 2014. It is hard to find words to describe that dress. Simply stunning!

If you have this body type, you are naturally curvy. That means any bulk around your chest or hips will make your bust and your hips visually bigger.  If you decide to wear a sweater that has too much going on around the chest with simple black pants, it will make you look disproportional.  It is very important to accentuate your hips and your bust evenly. You also want to draw attention to your narrow waist. To do that, just accessorize your attire with a belt. I ran across this useful blog post that talks about this too, but focuses on bridal dresses.  I suggest to check it out. 

You should wear:

-       Jackets, shirts that draw in towards the waist (shows your waist)

-       Wraps that pull the fabric in at the skinniest part of your waist

-       Solid colors (keeps your bust evenly balanced with your hips)

-       Dark colors and vertical stripes (slims you down if you want to downplay your curves)

-       Fitted clothes (accentuate your proportions)

-       Belts (draw attention to your waist)

-       Tops with open necks

-       A-line skirts (flatters your hips)

-       Anything that accentuate your waist

You shouldn’t wear:

-       Volume-enhancing details (could make you look bigger)

-       Loose sweaters or dresses (could visually make you several pounds heavier)

-       Styles and fabric that add volume to your waist

-       High-necked tops and turtlenecks

-       Separates of distinctly different colors (risking to look disproportionate)

-       High-waisted dresses (makes your waist line look as wide as your hips)

-       Short skirts (makes your hips rounder)

-       Anything that ends at the widest part of your body (if it’s a jacket, it is better if it ends at your waist or below the hips

I hope this was useful. In the next post we will talk about pear body shape. But for now, I want you to remember this:

Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.
— Coco Chanel