Dress an hourglass body

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

How to dress an hourglass bodyIt’s a good idea to know your body shape and to dress for that shape; it’s far more flattering – and we at BeautySouthAfrica.com are all about looking the best we can (rather than blindly following fashion or celebs).

How to dress an hourglass body

Hourglass body shapes are characterized by similar bust and hip measurements, and a waist that is roughly 10 inches smaller. Famous females with hourglass body shapes include Marilyn Monroe, Salma Hayek, Mariah Carey, Halle Berry and Kate Winslet. They — and you — are the envy of women when it comes to curves. The key to dressing well is to avoid clothes that look frumpy. Here’s the complete guide to dressing your hourglass body.

1. Showcase your bust.
Scoop or v-neck tees will draw attention upward toward your bust and face, a couple of your best features.
2. Wrap-style waists. A wrap-style skirt or dress will showcase your small waist. Avoid empire waists; they appear dowdy and can create the illusion of pregnancy.
3. Avoid being color top-heavy. Lengthen your hourglass body with light colors on top and dark colors on bottom.
4. Support those girls. With a fuller bust, a properly fitted, supportive bra is extremely important for your comfort as well as your look.
5. Avoid baggy bottoms. Baggy jeans do nothing to flaunt your figure. Look for slightly flared bottoms that balance out your hips. Mid-rise pants will help hide any extra tummy, but low-rise also works great (as long as you don’t go too low).

A well-chosen outfit that is flattering to your body shape (and not a beanpole model) is going to do far more for your appearance and confidence than any latest designer garb that doesn’t do anything for your particular look.

Kimberlee Bradford his article originally appeared in Loving You

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  1. BeautySouthAfrica

    Hi JeniK. A well constructed costume with print will distract from any areas you prefer to keep covered. Remember that a larger bust requires support, so avoid too small bikini tops. Ruching that is appropriatly placed can also subtly hides any lumps and bumps. If you don’t like the idea of a full piece costume, then a tankini is also an option.

    5 years ago •

  1. JeniK

    What style swimming costume is best suited for an hour-glass?

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Good tips, thank you for the advice. I always thought that an empire waist would balance my figure but it never looked quite right. Dressing according to your body shape does make a huge difference.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    That is an incredible figure. As much as I would love big boobs, I just know that it would look ridiculous on my tiny frame and at least I don’t have to worry about things like back pain and loose skin as the years go on by.

    5 years ago •

  1. Khalisi

    i love my body but sometimes I having hips and boobs makes buying clothes so difficult…

    5 years ago •

  1. Khensani

    Wish I was an hourglass even thought that may make dressing certain way a bit more difficult.

    5 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    Great advice! I’ve always followed the ‘wrap style waist’ and “no baggy bottom’ rules – makes a huge difference!

    5 years ago •

  1. Leana

    Oh Selma… how I wish I were you… boob transplant… check!

    5 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    Loved this article! And good to know us hourglass girls are being envied by the stick figures! Yay! Love Mariah Carey and Salma!

    6 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    Loved this article! And good to know us hourglass girls are being envied by the stick figures! Yay! Love Mariah Carey and Salma!

    6 years ago •

  1. voges

    Thanks for the great advice on how to dress for the hourglass figure

    6 years ago •

  1. Lah

    I’m technically an hourglass but my waist needs work! This is good inspiration!

    6 years ago •

  1. Melis3

    This woman is my personal fashion icon

    6 years ago •

  1. Hima

    She looks just perfect in that dress…

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Good advice, now just to loose the extra 10kg’s

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    Great tips and Salme is looking fab as always.

    6 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    Hourglass shape is the best along with a perfect 36 dress size.

    6 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    She look absolutely amazing – you say to showcase your bust – what it you have none to speak of??? LOL

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    She gets it right every time!

    6 years ago •

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