So, what’s an hourglass shape, anyway?

  • You’d describe your body as curvy
  • You have a well-defined waist
  • Your bust and hip measurements are roughly even
  • You may have fuller bust, hips, and thighs 


How To Dress The Hourglass Figure

The key to dressing an hourglass shape is to define your waist and show off your lovely lady bumps. You have amazing curves; it’s time to embrace your shape in body-skimming silhouettes and pieces that hit you in all the right places.

Get started with these how-to tips and embrace your hourglass figure.

Must-Have Tops For Hourglass Shapes

With hourglass shapes, it’s all about celebrating your waist and highlighting your neckline.  Keep your look tailored and fitted to show off that waist. Your go-to pieces include:

  • Form-fitting jersey knits
  • Wrap Tops
  • Peplum blouses
  • Tailored tops with ample room in the chest
  • Anything with a V-neck, round neck or boat neck

The hourglass shape is the perfect shape for structured, more tailored silhouettes. And, the beauty of this shape is that your curves are already very balanced. Everything from your most basic casual tees to your button-up blouses should be fitted to show off your narrow waist.

The Best Sleeve Lengths for Hourglass Shapes

You can have lots of choices when it comes to sleeve length. Try elbow-length styles when you want to draw the eye from your waist. Show off your arms with a cap or frill sleeve.

Add A Jacket

The Best Jackets For Hourglass Figures

Go for fitted jackets that cinch in your waist, or anything belted, just keep that attention on your waist.

Steer clear of boxy shapes they won’t do your curves justice. Instead, focus on silhouettes that draw the eye to the most slender part of your frame.

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Perfect Dresses For The Hourglass Shape

The hourglass figure was made for dresses. Go for iconic Hollywood styles with a fit and flare vintage shape, high waist pencil skirts are also a great look for you.  If you fancy something floaty and feminine just add a belt to draw in your waist and make the most of your figure.  Choose simple silhouettes in solid dark colours and hemlines that hit the knee, if you love your legs show them off in a mini.

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The Best Jeans & Trousers For The Hourglass Shape

Always keep your waist in mind, go for high waisted fit with a palazzo or flare leg, keep the balance with a fitted or cropped top.  Skinny jeans are great at a showing of your curves but keep to a regular length and avoid cropped lengths. 

Keep the line of trousers clean, you don’t need any extra embellishment like cargo pockets as you already have a beautiful curve to show off.


Finishing Touches For The Hourglass Shape

Skinny belts are a top accessory for you, cinching in your waist and a great way to add a pop of colour to a solid colour. Choose a necklace length that hits at or slightly below your collarbone this will give balance, follow the neckline of your chosen top.


Don’t forget you are individual and experimenting with different shapes and breaking the rules can work brilliantly, just get to know your shape and use these tips as a place to start.