Dressing An “Hourglass” Body Shape

by | Jun 16, 2020

Dressing an “hourglass” body shape.

The hourglass body shape is considered the “ideal” body shape.  The bust and hips are fairly equal in size and their waist is narrow.

Hourglass shapes look great in structured pieces that accentuate their narrow waistline.

Tops that have a v-neck, scoop neck, and square necklines are all very flattering.

Hourglass shapes still want to balance the upper and lower halves of their body and accentuate their small waistlines.  If your top has more voluminous sleeves, you want to pair it with a boot cut or wide-leg pant. 

You also want to make sure you are accentuating your small waist and avoid empire and loose-fitting tops.

These are great tops for an hourglass shape.

Jackets that structured and have great seaming help accentuate a hourglass shape’s small waistline.  Longer coats and jackets that have a slight A-line shape or are belted will help draw attention to your small waist. Hourglass shapes want to avoid jackets and tops that end at the widest part of your hip, which will make the top and bottom halves of their body appear to be the same size, making them look like a box, rather than an hourglass.

These jackets look great on hourglass shapes.

Pencil skirts, A-line skirts, wrap dresses, and sheath dresses look great on hourglass shapes.

These dresses and skirts work well for hourglass shapes.

Flat front, wide leg, straight leg, and slightly boot cut styles are all great pant styles for hourglass shapes. High waisted pants will also accentuate their smaller waistline.

These pants will look great on hourglass shapes.

I do want to caution my hourglass shapes to look at the waistband of the pants before trying them. An excessive step in at the waist, as you can see below, is going to work great with your hips.

Waistbands that are similar in size to the hips will tend to gap at the waist. Don’t let that discourage you. You can always have a tailor take the pants in at the waist.

Trouser Jean

These jeans work better on a “curvy” body shape.  The waistband is smaller than the hips.

Slim Boyfriend Jean

These jeans work better on a “rectangle” body shape. The waistband is similar in size with the hips.

Trouser Jean

These jeans work better on a “curvy” body shape.  The waistband is smaller than the hips.

Slim Boyfriend Jean

These jeans work better on a “rectangle” body shape. The waistband is similar in size with the hips.

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