Considered by some to be the most ideal body shape, women with an hourglass figure have wide hips and busts that contrast with a narrow waist, creating a silhouette that resembles an old-fashioned hourglass. If you have an upper and lower half approximately in line with each other, then the best way to dress your body shape is to flaunt it! But first, you need to learn how to dress an hourglass figure (and if you got here by accident, here’s our guide to the Banana Body Shape and Apple Body Type!).

how to dress an hourglass figure

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you want to accentuate your defined waist and curves. You need to make sure you’re accentuating your body shape by using your waist as a focal point and avoiding anything that makes your curves look boxy. Check out the following tips to learn how to dress an hourglass figure.

How to dress an hourglass figure

How to dress an hourglass figure

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How to Dress an Hourglass Figure

 

It’s All in the Waist

Tops and dresses should come in at the waist without adding any bulk; anything that wraps snugly around the thinnest part of your waist or draws attention to it will bring out your perfect proportions. The best pieces to do this with are waist defining and snug tailored dresses, tops and jackets. The best clothing for an hourglass figure always accentuates the waist.

How to dress an hourglass figure

How to dress an hourglass figure

How to dress an hourglass figure

How to dress an hourglass figure

Balance Your Bust

By dressing in bust-enhancing necklines you can slim your upper body, fully flatter your upper torso, and enhance your feminine figure. Open necklines are your go-to: V-neck, scoop neck, and sweetheart necklines are all examples of flattering necklines for hourglass figures. They work by drawing the eye closer to the narrow waist while elongating the neck which strengthens the vertical line of the outfit. How to dress an hourglass figure usually comes down to making sure people can tell that you have that figure!

How to dress an hourglass figureHow to dress an hourglass figure

How to dress an hourglass figure

How to dress an hourglass figure

Streamline Your Bottom

Lucky for you, hourglass figures can wear almost any bottom as long as you pair it with the right flattering top for your shape. The hardest part of thinking of how to dress an hourglass figure is what to accentuate! The ideal bottoms for hourglass-shaped figures will emphasize the narrow waist. The best way to do this is by elongating the leg line. Pencil skirts, especially ones with a slit, will do the trick and if you’re really looking to show off your curves, go for skinny/slim legged pants. Pairing these with a peep toe heel this will create the illusion of a never-ending bottom half.

How to dress an hourglass figure

How to dress an hourglass figure

While hourglass-figured women are fortunate to look good in an abundance of styles, they should be careful to avoid baggy clothes as much as possible since they will create that boxy shape that abandons all the great characteristics that they naturally have. Make sure to wear everything with confidence and you’ll be sure to turn heads!

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