1 Clothing hourglass

The hourglass shape is recognized by a small waist, fuller hips and bust about the same width, along with narrow shoulders.

Dressing an hourglass shape isn’t as easy as people think. It’s all about balance and too much details or bright colors on either top or bottom can throw off your proportions. To create balance, try extenuating the waist, and keep it more simple and subtle around the bust and hip area.

If you have quite narrow shoulders it can be ideal to accentuate the shoulders as well, choosing tops with shoulder pads or shoulder details.

DO

DO TOPS

  • Fitted tops
  • Details at the waist
  • Skinny belt at the waist or below the bellybutton
  • Draped bodice
  • Shoulder pads
  • Crossovers
  • Wraps
  • Soft fabric
  • Empire waist
  • Bias-cut
  • Crop tops
  • Wrap top
  • Tank tops
  • Form-fitted jersey knits
  • Peplum tops
  • Belted jumper
  • Shawl collars
  • Trench coats
  • Fitted blazers
  • Cropped silhouette jackets
  • Bomber jackets with elastic waistbands
  • Fitted jacket with shawl collar
  • Single breasted jackets
  • Wide lapels above the bust

DO NECKLINES

  • Round neck
  • Boat neck
  • V-neck
  • Plunge v-neck
  • Lower and wider necklines
  • Scoop
  • Square
  • Sweetheart

DO SLEEVES

  • ¾ sleeves
  • Elbow-length sleeves
  • Cap sleeves (unless you have larger arms)
  • Above wrist
  • Wrist length
  • Flutter sleeves

DO BOTTOM

  • Flat fronted
  • Plain and simple
  • Straight leg
  • Bootcut
  • High waisted
  • Floor-grazing flare
  • Wide/flared legs (great if you have long legs)
  • Stretching skinny jeans (full length – not cropped)
  • Leggings (full length – not cropped)

DO SKIRTS

  • Hemline knee length or longer
  • A-line
  • Bias-cut
  • Pencil skirts with split in the back or side
  • High-waisted skirts that hit right below the knees

DO DRESSES

  • Fit & flare
  • Wrap dress
  • Empire
  • Loose dress with belt
  • Fitted jumpsuits

DO SHOES

  • Medium to chunky heel
  • Platforms
  • Wedges
  • Pointed toe
  • Square toe
  • Color/details

DO ACCESSORIES

  • Chunky shoulder bags, that sits on your waist
  • Handbags
  • Clutches (will accentuate slim arms)
  • Play up the bust with necklaces at or just below your collarbones

DO SWIMWEAR

  • Under-wiring is essential to support a fuller bust
  • Solid colors are great around the bust and hip area

AVOID

AVOID TOPS

  • Straight shapes
  • Baggy, boxy and oversized styles
  • Detail around the bust
  • High necklines/turtle neck
  • Wide/short sleeves that end at the bust line
  • Dropped sleeves
  • Tunics without a waist belt
  • Oversized cardigans
  • Baby-doll styles and dresses
  • Double breasted styles

AVOID BOTTOM

  • Details around your thighs
  • Pleats
  • Hip pockets
  • Narrowing leg lines
  • Skinny jeans/trousers

AVOID ACCESSORIES

  • Avoid bags/clutches that sits at the bust

AVOID SWIMWEAR

  • Avoid stripes and details on the bust and hips

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