How to Dress an Hourglass Body Shape to Enhance Your Curves

The hourglass body shape is referred to as “an ideal shape” as it draws everyone’s attention: women with glorious curves and a tiny waist are usually impossible to miss. While there are women who wear oversized and baggy clothes in attempts to hide their curves, there are others who like to wear form-fitting ones and emphasize them. Finding balance and being able to enhance your curves while still not looking tacky is an art, and we are here to help you do just that. Here are a few tips on dressing an hourglass shape figure:

Pay attention to proportion

The good thing about the hourglass body shape is that it’s rather balanced, so even if you’re tall and curvy or petite and curvy, you won’t find it too difficult to pick the right clothes. The one thing you should keep in mind is paying attention to the balance, and not disturbing it. This means that you should avoid creating unnecessary contrasts between the upper and lower part of your body with colors or fabrics. When you wear oversized and baggy clothes, it makes you look much bigger and does nothing for your figure. 

Minimizing your chest

While some women are proud of their chest and aren’t shy about them, there are also women who don’t like to do this, as it causes embarrassment. In addition, showing off your breasts doesn’t seem professional, so wearing something inconspicuous yet elegant is the best for office hours. Baggy clothes aren’t the solution; instead, you should try to make your chest look thinner with the right clothes. Avoid wearing turtlenecks as these will actually make your chest appear bigger and instead, wear shirts that have soft V or round necklines. 

Get proper support

Finding the right clothes wouldn’t be as big of a deal or challenge if you have the best underwear to begin with. Hourglass-shape women have a hard time finding the right underwear and swimsuits because they need extra support for their curves, which means that they should avoid push-ups and buy plus size pieces even if they’re not plus size themselves. This is because plus size bras offer much better support than regular ones since these were designed for curvier women in the first place. When you wear comfortable underwear that fits perfectly, you will find it easier to pick the right clothes. 

Start from the top

When it comes to tops and shirts, it’s important that you wear pieces that are fitting rather than too-tight or oversized. This will draw attention to your waist and not make you look like you’re two sizes bigger than you actually are. Jersey knits are lovely as you can show off your neck in these too, as well as simple wrap tops. Peplum blouses are also very popular because these look very professional, and if you have a hard time finding shirts with enough room around your chest, buy a size bigger one and take it to a tailor to alter it. 

Find the right dress

Women with hourglass shape bodies make other women jealous because they can pull off pretty much any dress style they want with ease. Fit and flare, as well as wrap dresses, are considered classic, and these will look good on any occasion. Not just that, but the shapes of these dresses will naturally and effortlessly emphasize your best features. Empire silhouette dresses are also a good idea as these will highlight your small waist. If you’re a fan of flowy maxi dresses, just add a belt, and you will be good to go.

Wear a belt

Speaking of belts, they are your best friends, and they are going to be your favorite accessory (if they aren’t so already). It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a piece that’s a bit flowy, a belt will save the day no matter if you’re adding it over a skirt, dress, shirt, or a jacket. It will put extra emphasis on your waist, and it can also upgrade your entire look: a glamorous embellished skinny belt will look great on a flowy dress while a bold, wide belt goes well with a nice trench. 

When you know what kind of clothes are the best for your figure, you will feel more confident and want to highlight instead of hiding it. The goal is to emphasize the curves discreetly and show off your petite waist, and you can celebrate your feminine figure by picking the right clothes. Your clothes should complement and celebrate your figure, whatever shape you are, and you should pick them carefully.

About the author:

Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and style blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends and graphic design projects. Sophia writes mostly in fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: LA Fashion, Viva Glam Magazine, Just Haves, How to Simplify and Carousel.

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