The hourglass figure is characterised by a similar sized bust and hips, along with a narrower, defined waist.
Deemed by many (women and men) to be the ideal body type, dressing for the hourglass figure only requires a few tips and tricks.
Read on for our top five tips to accentuate an hourglass figure.
1. Go for fitted styles
Choose fitted, tailored styles for everything from t-shirts, blouses to button-down shirts and dresses. This means you’ll need to start with a good bra that fits well and is supportive.
For outerwear, go for belted jackets and trench-style coats that accentuate your waist. Short jackets that stop just above your hips are also flattering.
Cinch in at your waist whenever possible with a dark skinny belt, and go for wrap-style blouses and dresses which again pull in at the waist (this works particularly well if you’re tall).
2. Choose materials carefully.
Avoid stiff materials that can make you look boxy, and instead opt for stretchy materials that hug your curves and soft materials that drape over your body.
If your abdomen is slightly bulky, opt for supportive fabrics with structure to help you maintain a lean silhouette.
3. Don’t lose proportions.
Try to keep your bust and hips at the same size by wearing bust-slimming necklines and avoiding bulky trousers and skirts.
Slim necklines you can choose from include v-necks, v-neck halters, sweetheart necklines and scoop necks which also have the added benefit of drawing attention to your narrow waist. Wide necklines such as boat necks and squares can make you lose proportion and look top heavy.
You’ll also find that loose-fitting or bulky tops can add too much to your bust, so stay away from ruffles, bows and other details that can add volume.
4. Play with colour block.
While solid colours are best for hourglass figures, feel free to play with colour blocking - having contrasting shades above and below your waist can look particularly good.
If you’d rather give the impression of a slimmer frame, go for vertical stripes and dark colours.
5. Play around with your skirts.
Voluminous full-circle or tulip skirts in a high-waist style hug the hips and hang off them naturally, creating a flattering silhouette. A-line, peplum and pencil skirts also work well for hourglass figures and helps streamline your body.
6. Go for flare when it comes to trousers.
Choose flared, wide-leg or boot-cut styles when it comes to jeans and trousers as this can help keep your legs in proportion to your hips.
If you’d like to wear skinny jeans, try pairing it with high heels to add extra length and prevent your legs from looking short.
For both options, choose mid-rise and high-rise styles that elongate the legs.