You measured yourself and you learned that you have the hourglass body shape? Measuring yourself is the first step in finding out what clothes will look amazing on your body and what clothes will not look that good.
The second step is understanding your body and its characteristics.
The hourglass body is considered the ideal body shape since it has the best proportions. The upper part of your body is approximately in line with the lower part. Your shoulders have the same dimension with your hips and the bust is the about same size as your derriere.
You also have a well defined waist that creates a great feminine figure. When you gain weight, the curves remain proportional because fat distributes evenly on your body.
There are some variations in this body shape. For example, your bust line can be the same size as your derriere line, but your shoulders can be larger than your hips. In this case you can take into consideration the inverted triangle body shape advice as well. Or, if you shoulders are smaller than you hips, the pear body shape advice.
Since the other parts of your body are very well proportioned, you shouldn’t respect all the rules from the pear body shape or the inverted triangle but keep them in mind when you try clothes.
The idea is to try as many clothes as you can to understand what type of clothing articles look good on you. You can go to a local store and try many types of tops without buying all of them. Same things go with skirts, dresses and other clothing articles.
When it comes to size you can be skinny, average or curvy. You don’t need to have a big bust to be an hourglass. But if you do have large breasts, the article about What to wear if you have big breasts can come in handy.
These guidelines and the ones I wrote in the hourglass body shape section of this website are based on your horizontal silhouette.
To visually create the best proportionate silhouette, you need to consider your vertical silhouette as well. Check this article to learn how to determine your vertical body type.
Many women prefer to create the illusion of longer legs, even when they have a balanced vertical silhouette. However, if you have Short legs/Long Torso body type, you have to add more inches in order to balance your proportions. If you like the idea of longer legs, accentuate your waist and wear high waist trousers and skirts or empire cut dresses and tops.
How to dress the hourglass body shape
- Invest in clothes and accessories that will accentuate your proportional figure.
- Puffed sleeves can be a good idea if your shoulders are a little bit smaller than your hips.
- When it comes to skirts, think about your size, your vertical silhouette and what you want to accentuate. Your proportional silhouette allows you to wear both A-line skirts and pencil skirts and, of course, other lovely designs. The only thing you need to know is that it is better to choose the length of your skirt based on your vertical silhouette. If you are small, don’t refuse yourself maxi skirts! Find maxi skirts with high waistlines!
- Jeans – bootcut jeans are perfect for everyone and on you they look amazing. Flare jeans are also a good idea.
- Trousers – flare trousers and wide legged trousers can be a style statement for you and they will make you look your best!
- Drapes – drapes are perfect if you want to hide your tummy, for example. Find a dress or a blouse with a diagonal draping starting from the waist to the hips. It will accentuate your hips and your bust and will camouflage the tummy.
- Make your waist the focal point of your appearance with accessories. You can accentuate your waist with belts, scarves, jewelry and so on. Get creative and look your best!
- Belts are amazing to create that feminine chic look we all admire. I wrote more about belts here.
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