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Curobe's Top to Bottom Styling Tips: Hourglass Body Shape

Each one of us has a different relationship with our body, the clothes we wear and the way that clothes makes us feel! Here at Curobe we want to empower you to feel like the best version of yourself when you get dressed. Finding clothes that make you feel incredible about your body will make you look your best.

Styling tips for an hourglass body shape:  If you have hip and bust measurements that are nearly equal in size and a narrower waistline, you might have what is traditionally known as an hourglass shape. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a common body shape and the small proportion of women who have hourglass figures, often look to balance out their various curves that usually accompany this body shape.

Let’s take it from the Top

Starting at the top, work with your body’s natural silhouette! You can accentuate your waist with a wrap or fitted top, for example something in a peplum style.  Sleeves are best when they’re fitted as they follow the body’s natural curves. Fitted styles work best, as extensive embellishments can sometimes add unnecessary volume to the top half of your body.

Layer It

When searching for a jacket or coat find a garment that follows the natural lines of your body, drawing in at the waist to enhance your existing shape. Form-fitting and belted jackets are great options. A jacket that stops at your waistline or just below can help accentuate the waistline and works great even for different heights!

Close up of a woman wearing a tailored black tuxedo jacket
@Deploy London
Fitted Tailored Tuxedo Jacket from Deploy London

Bottoms Up!

For an hourglass figure, high or mid rise trousers are going to look the best and compliment your hips! Wide-leg or loose fitting trousers are great options, but try not to add too much volume, as something that is  super wide in the hem can create an imbalance in the silhouette.  A simple belt is something that can help elevate any jeans or trousers, while also accentuating the waistline.

Don’t Skirt Round it

A pencil skirt is a classic option for an hourglass figure, hugging the waist and natural curves, without creating unnecessary bulk in the bottom half. For a looser fit, consider the tulip shape or even a bias cut!  Skirts with a higher waist will also help accentuate  that naturally slim waistline. Boxy and straight cut skirts or styles with excessive ruffles or embellishments might not be the best option, as they can overwhelm and hide your curves.

Women in a co-ord set with a long colourful skirt
Jennifer Enujiugha @ Unsplash
A beautiful colourful skirt that cinches the waist and creates a beautiful silhouette!

Dress it up

There are numerous options when it comes to finding the perfect dress for an hourglass shape! A fitted dress that nips in at the waist is a great option to show off your silhouette. Wrap dresses, bodycon and fit and flare styles can also help accentuate those natural curves.  Opting for a dress that is no shorter than knee length can look incredible if you’re going for something that is more form fitting.  

Legs of women with different body shapes standing together
Anna Shvets @ Unsplash
Discover more Top to Bottom Tips from Curobe

Interested in styling other body shapes?

See Curobe’s Top to Bottom Styling Tips: Broader Hips

See Curobe’s Top to Bottom Styling Tips: Rectangle Body Shape

See Curobe’s Top to Bottom Styling Tips: Apple Body Shape

See Curobe’s Top to Bottom Styling Tips: Broad Shoulders

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About Olivia Baggott

Hi, I am Olivia- a history graduate with a strong passion for sharing my knowledge about sustainable fashion! However, I really don't know everything yet and I can't wait to share my journey of better education around sustainability, ethics and the fashion industry with our likeminded Curobe community! The more we know, the better decisions we can make!

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