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How to dress for an hourglass body shape

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Women with hourglass figures have a lot of options when it comes to finding a flattering outfit. Their even proportions mean just about any piece of clothing looks great – from oversized sweaters to faux-leather leggings.

Hourglass figure measurements are characterized by a narrow waist and evenly wide hips and shoulders. Here’s another post with a detailed explanation and a helpful infographic that shows you the visual differences between each figure type.

The key to dressing well for this shape is to not skew your gorgeous proportions too far in one direction. Don’t know where to start? Read on to learn how to discover your body type and create cute, unique outfits!

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How to dress your hourglass figure 

As an hourglass, you have a lot of options when it comes to building your wardrobes. Classic silhouettes will always look great on you, but you can also be a little trendy and avant garde.

Stunning dresses for hourglass figures

Body-conscious dresses were made for hourglass figures. Wrap styles in particular make very flattering dresses for size 12 and up, as they cinch in right on your rather narrow waist. That said, you can also go with a standard tight dress – longer for daytime, shorter for a night out!

If a casual look is more your style, choose an A-line silhouette for figure-flattering flow. Or, you can go for a breezy boho dress and accessorize with a sun hat, oversized bag or giant belt.

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Classic tops fit for curves

If you have an hourglass body shape, your natural curves stand out all on their own. Flowing fabrics will drape nicely over your figure, highlighting your looks without overemphasizing them. Search for tunic tops in a feminine cut. Asymmetrical blouses also look great, as they acknowledge your curves without clinging to your body. You can also wear dress shirts with darted waists or voluminous tops with empire waists to add proportion.

Skirts that add twirl to your step

As for your lower half, you can don almost any sort of pant or skirt as long as you have an appropriately proportionate top. Bring some fun to the office with brightly colored high-waisted pencil skirts and a neutral blazer. Skirts with ruffles along the seams or edges are also exceptionally cute.

Hi-low skirts are a great look for a weekend afternoon, and they’re easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion. Meanwhile, an A-line skirt will keep you cute and cool on hot summer days.

Jeans and pants for any occasion

The best jeans for hourglass women vary depending on your personal style! Again, you can wear any sort of jean or pant as long as your upper body is dressed proportionally. In fact, boot cut pants look great on hourglass women when paired with almost any top, as the appearance of a slight flair keeps you looking balanced. Boot cut and straight leg pants are a good professional option, and you may even be able to get away with dark-colored denim.

If you want to keep things casual, wear a pair of skinny jeans with a babydoll t-shirt or women’s tank top. Boyfriend jeans are similarly comfy and casual – style them with either a figure-hugging or loose-fitting t-shirt depending on your mood of the day!

Coats and jackets that are cute and comfy

As for outerwear, belted coats were made for you, as were ones with elaborate collars. Alternatively, a vertical row of large, eye-catching buttons will make you look long and lean.

If you love these figure-flattering tips and want to share with your friends, here’s a brief guide to dressing for all body types.

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