Hourglass Body Shape

Is your Body Shape… Outstanding Hourglass?!

If this is you:

You are equally broad on top and hips

You are slim at the waist, usually 10 or more inches smaller than chest and hips


Don’t forget that you could be what we like to call the ‘Fruit Salad’ (yeah, we did come up with that particular one ourselves!). You could have it all going on around the tum but be more top or bottom heavy, you could even be slightly hourglass if you gain a waistline when you drop a few pounds. Once you can identify all of the body shapes you’re leaning towards and understand them, styling yourself will be a doddle!

For many of us, the classic Hourglass body type is seen as the ideal, quintessential feminine shape. Like, striving for this figure is the reason women have been strapping themselves into corsets and stays since the 1500s in Western Europe, and if you have it naturally without resorting to torture bondage devices – good for you!

Of course, nothing is ever truly ‘ideal’, and for those who have to carry around the weighty bust over a narrow waist – the key features of the Hourglass body – there are still a couple of things to be careful of, and keep in mind when dressing this form.

Typical characteristics of the Hourglass include similar sized bust and hips, a clearly defined waist, gently rounded shoulders aligning with your hips, with a graceful curve at your hips, rounded bottom, shapely legs and generally, you’d have a fairly well balanced profile overall.

As always, please remember that body type guidelines only ever give us a basis to work from, and they are certainly not the last word in what to wear – or not to wear – because personal taste, occasion or situation appropriate clothing, and many other factors come into play when choosing an outfit or a wardrobe to work from.

The best way to dress your Hourglass body type is to keep the top and bottom in proportion, and accentuate your waist. A good bra is essential, as with our Apple sisters, for support and structure when wearing the fitted clothes that work so well for you. Wide belts over shirts and dresses are a great way to show off your waist, and you can even create a little more volume around your upper and lower body to increase the curvaceous visuals, as long as you keep that balance going.

V shaped and deeper necklines work so well for you, as high necklines will make your bust a little too bulky looking generally. Keep the dresses fitting nice and snug around your boobs and waist – loose, heavy clothes will create a boxy look, so keep it sleek and smooth where you can, with a little flow and swing wherever you like it.

Pencil skirts are literally made for your curves, so rock them out wherever you like, and with those shapely legs you can play around with the hemlines a little too, but they generally look best settled somewhere round the knee, for most occasions. Boot-cut trousers with some stretch for a snug fit are perfect for you, and tailored shirts and jackets. Wrap dresses and tops with nipping or banding at the waist will be lovely on you, and you can even get away with a dramatic wide waistband on a very full skirt, when paired with a top that adds a little fullness to your bust and shoulders – again, it’s all about the balance.

Call into Redlane and we’ll give you free, professional style advice to help you find something that makes you feel fabulous in your Hourglass form!



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