There are many different types of body shape categories – from fruit to shape connotations along with other weird and wonderful names.
The five main body shape types I work to are pear, apple, rectangle, inverted triangle, and the hourglass body shape.
The hourglass body shape is sometimes misunderstood, as it can be classified as a slim or curvier body type.
You could be a size 8 or a size 28 and still possess an hourglass figure. The keyword here is balance. Typically, your hips and shoulders will be aligned, and you will have a well-defined waist. Perfectly proportioned in every way!
Your cardinal sin is hiding those fabulous curves; your objective is to dress for your feminine body shape, accentuating your curves and highlighting your waist by drawing attention to this area. Wearing clothing that complements your shape will show off your curves to others distraction.
Celebrities with amazing hourglass figures include Marilyn Monroe, Jennifer Lopez and the amazing Christina Hendricks (‘Mad Men’ & ‘Good Girls’). What you may have in common with these icons is a fabulous body shape that deserves to be shown in the best possible way.
How to style an hourglass body shape
It’s vital that you work with your natural curves, choosing styles that fit as well to the bust as to the hips. Dresses with waist detail or with belts accentuate hourglass figures well. As well as the fit, the materials need to be a consideration – fluid fabrics that flow with your movement are a great option.
Pencil skirts can work if they are tailored correctly, which will flatter your hips and thighs. The skirt hem should not finish at the widest part of your legs, as this will give the impression of a wider bottom half.
Trousers are a fabulous option, but ensure you go for high waisted styles, which will help to accentuate your waist and elongate your legs.
Patterns should be kept to a minimum to show off your beautiful feminine curves.
If you are conscious about showing off your curves (you shouldn’t be!), avoid covering up in loose fitting baggy clothes. One of your best assets, your waist, will be lost underneath loose garments and as a result, you will look bigger than you are.
Contact me if you would like to have your body shape assessed.
If this sounds like a bit of a minefield, it doesn’t have to be. With the right expert guidance, you can show off your beautiful hourglass figure with complete confidence.
Get in touch with me today to arrange your hourglass shape personal styling session – I would be delighted to assist you! Alternatively, I can provide you with tailored body shape style guide upon request.