Fashion tips for hourglass shaped body

The aim of dressing for your hourglass body type

You will want to accentuate your very feminine body so fitted clothes (at the right places) are key. Another objective may be to elongate your legs.

Great outfit choices for the hourglass shape |

How to dress the hourglass body type

Upper body

  • A good bra is essential for this body type. Make sure you get a good supportive bra that will thrust your bust forwards. You will want to wear mostly V-shaped tops or tops with a deep neckline. High necklines will just make your bust area look too bulky
  • Look for dresses that fit your boobs and elongate your waist. They should fit very snugly around that area.
  • If you have some weight around the addomen then make sure your buy your dress in supportive fabric.
  • T-shirts look nicest when they fit your waist, have a V-neck and have some accents on the shoulders.
  • Get a coat that highlights your waist and featuress a V-neck.
  • Wear single-breasted jackets that are tailored. They will often look best when left open to create a nice vertical line, which elongates
  • Choose shirts that accentuate your boobs and that don’t have buttons all the way to the top.
  • Tops that flare just below the boob area and go to below your crutch can be very flattering on trousers.
  • Little fitted jackets that tuck in your boobs will look great on you.
  • Use light scarves in winter to cover your open V-neck.
  • Wear darker colors on top to make your boobs appear smaller.

ideas on how to dress the hourglass body |

Look 1: J.O.A. Plaid trench coat –Cece navy pencil skirt – Joie cream blouse – Nina navy heels – Rosefield round face watch

Look 2: Lewit blouse – Wayf cropped pants – Newport necklace in rose gold – Vincent Camuto heels – Brahmin Crocodile clutch

Look 3: Boss red Top – Panacea fringe pendant – Straight leg jeans – Vince Camuto boots in red – Kendra Scott necklace

Wardrobe tips:

  • Pencil skirts that fit well are ideal for the hourglass as they accentuate your wonderful curves.
  • Other skirts can work too but will usually look better when they end around the knee.
  • Opt for flat front boot cut trousers, preferably with stretch for a snug fit.
  • Choose shoes that accentuate your curves, like shoes with rounded toes, peep toes or bows.

Style tips for women: how to dress the hourglass body |

Look 1: Issey navy bootleg pants – Equipment leopard print shirt – Vincent Camuto black booties – Baggu black bag

Look 2: Ted Baker Pencil skirt – Trotter’s round toe pump  – Whiting and Davis metallic clutch bag  – NYDJ blouse 

Look 3: Nic + Zoe cardigan – Vince Camuto Scarf – Trotters pump in black – Cece black pencil skirt – Sole Society clutch bag

What not to wear

  • Avoid too many frills on your clothes as they will add extra bulk to places where you don’t need it.
  • Avoid excess fabric for the same reason.
  • Often it’s best to avoid obvious waistbands or belts. Let your clothes accentuate your small waist.
  • Flat lace-up shoes.
  • Be careful when choosing casual clothes as they can make  you look boxy.

Style tips for women:the hourglass body |

Look 1: Splendid pllaid top – Bernardo zip front biker jacket in cognac – Liverpool jeans – Sarto brown booties – Tophsop hobo bag

Look 2: Adrianna burgundy dress – Kendra scott necklace – Nina open toe pump – Kendra scott cuff bracelet

Here are some more expert tips from 40+Style stylist Ruth Essex

How do you dress your hourglass shape? What are your favorite pieces and brands? Let us know!

P.S.: Please note that the guidelines above are for general guidance only. Everyone is different and you certainly don’t have to stick to the above guidelines to dress well. If you want to find out about your own unique body type, figure priorities and how to create the perfect silhouette you will love our unique training in the 40+Style Club!

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