This is continuation article on how to dress for your body type, in this article we are going to look at the hourglass-shaped body.
P/S: If you’re not sure about your body-shape, you may take a quick shape-finder quiz at here to find out more
As a quick reminder you have an hourglass body shape when:
- both your upper and lower body are equal in size but your midsection/waist is much narrow and clearly defined
- Your shoulders are in proportion with hips
- Fuller and curvy bust and bottom to contrast with the smaller waist
- You have shapely Legs or bigger thighs
Tips #1 – Tops & Dresses: Highlight your shape & waist
- Look for tops & dresses that will accentuate your waist like wrap tops, belted tops, or tops with banding or nipping at the waist, it helps to pull the fabric in at the skinniest part of your waist, drawing the focus to your waist without adding any extra volume to your chest.
- Look for fit and flare pieces from your casual tee shirts to your blouses and dresses to show off you curves, and opt for stretchy material too if you have a flat tummy
- If you have a flat tummy, show off your perfect proportion and tiny waist with bustier top & short crop top
- Avoid shapeless baggy tops & jumpers that hide your wonderful waist
European style navy blue wrap dress
Striking pink belted top
Korean style cut-out crop top
Fancy flora bustier top
Tips #2 – Tops & Dresses: Balance your bust
- Wear low, slimming neckline like V-necks, V-neck halters, sweethearts, scoop or wide necks as narrow neckline will slim down your bust and keep it looking balanced. Low neckline helps to draw the eye closer to your narrow waist
- Stay away from volume-enhancing details on your top like big ruffles, bows, embellishment, pleats, frills, etc since these tend to make your top portion more heavy and it will detract from your waist’s natural narrowness if it is placed on waist
European style pleated midi dress
European style v-neck stripe dress
Tips #3 – Jackets: Emphasize your hips
- Stick with short or cropped jackets that stop just above your hips accentuate your curves in a flattering way
- Fitted and tailored coats and jackets with waist definition that slim down into the waist will emphasize your figure. Fitted button-under-the-bust blazers look fabulous on you too
- Look for belted coat, trench coats, or other fits that draw in toward the waist
- Avoid baggy boyfriend jackets, boxy baseball jacket and shapeless drop-waist jackets that do not show your waist
European style geo print shirt jacket
European style flora print short jacket
V-neck slim suit blazer RM125
Tips #4 – Bottoms: Keep Your Bottom Streamlined
- Opt for classic skirt-cut like A-line skirt, pencil skirt, short straight skirt, full circle skirt, etc. They will cling to your figure around your tiny waist and keep things streamlined.
- Stick with mid-rise or high-waist skirt & pants to elongate the leg, low waisted ones only add bulk to your lower half.
- Opt for pants that have a slight flare and flat front like wide-leg and boot-cut styles. The flare keeps the bottom portion of your leg balance with your wide hips.
- Avoid skirt & pants with big voluminous pockets, ruffles, embellishments, or fancy pleated on the front or around the hips, remember to keep your bottom simplified
Korean style light blue high-waist jeans
White stripe & mesh midi skirt
Hope the above helps! XO <3