The Hourglass

Article by Caitlin Taylor

Ok everyone! It's time to go back to body shape basics for you lucky hourglass gals.

In last weeks blog: What is Your Body Shape we talked about why knowing your body shape can be useful, and we looked at the basic shapes.

In this series of posts, I'll walk you through the different shapes; their attributes and how to know if you are that shape, and then the best styling tips for that shape.

A TIP TO REMEMBER: Body SHAPE has NOTHING to do with size! You can be a size 8 Hourglass, or you can be a size 18 Hourglass - it's all about your body's PROPORTION.

So let's kick off with The Hourglass!


How to Identify if You're an Hourglass Body Shape

1. Your shoulders and your hips are about the same width apart.

2. You have a small to medium waist in proportion to your bust and hips.

3. You have medium to generous bust.

4. You carry your weight on your bum and hips.... but not so much on your thighs.

Sound like you? Yep - me too!

If haven't guessed it already from my outfit posts, I am the typical hourglass and PROUD OF IT!

My bust and hips definitely rival each other in girth, yet I have a smaller waist ( but I also have a bit of a tummy which is quite common for this shape.... damn it!)

And wow, are we in good company! Recognize these other amazing Hourglass gals?

Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johannson and Kim Kardashian - all your typical hourglass gal

OK - now we know who we are - how do we dress best for our shape?

My Top 4 Tips for Dressing Your Gorgeous Hourglass Body!


1. Deep Necklines

The less fabric that goes over the surface area of your bust, the smaller it looks. This is why v-necks, scoop-necks and low sweetheart necklines work best (if you want to wear a higher neckline, use a necklace to create the illusion of a V).

deep necklines 

Country Road satin wrap top $179
Portmans ruffle shoulder dress $99.95
Max double V shell top $99.95


2. Define Your Waist

Belt it, wrap it, just show it off! If you have a bigger bust and clothes just hang off them, you will look bigger than you actually are. By showing off your waist, you show how tiny you really are!

Use a belt, find a jacket with a tie, or even just look for a jacket or dress that has lots of shaping through it that helps define your waist (see next point).


define your waist 


Country Road wrap blouse $179
Jacqui E "Scarlett" wrap dress $119.95
Just Jeans plait belt tan $34.95
Esprit navy waist belt $49.95
Portmans super skinny waist belt $24.95

3. Show Off Your Shape

Don't be scared of fitted clothes!! You have an amazing shape - show it off!

By wearing loose and baggy clothes, you are hiding all your good bits as well as the bits you are not so keen on.

I often find I look and feel better in a more pencil shape, rather than a full skirt - I find the full skirt makes my lower half look bigger, not smaller!

Texture and print are your friend when it comes to wearing anything body-con, they provide a little extra camouflage ;-)

show off your shape 

Country Road stripe body con dress $139.00
Portmans tie detail skirt $89.95
Max stripe panel midi dress $79

4. Vertical Lines Are Your Friends

This can be done with a deep neckline, an open jacket or cardigan, or a long statement necklace or scarf... trust me, this really works!

Any sort of vertical line you create with your clothes draws the eye up and down the body.... rather than across it.... good yes?

vertical lines are your frienss
Portmans dress $119.95
Jacqui E sateen jacket $99.95
Max Boho Tassel Necklace $29.99

So there you have it my lovely Hourglass gals! I hope that has helped a little!

Remember, embrace your curves - we are very lucky to have them ;-)

PS. Stay tuned at the end of the Body Shape series and I'll do a wrap up of which stores right here in Shore City are best for which shapes! But in the mean time, stay tuned next week for The Pear!

Until Next Time, Happy Shopping!


Cait xoxo



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