I know a lot of women would love to have an hourglass figure, but for some who actually do have this type of figure, it is not always fun dressing it. Over the years though I have learned several tips and tricks for dressing my hourglass figure and figured I would share some of what I learned with you.
Just remember though, this is a general guide as every woman’s body is different. Even if you are classified as an hourglass (shoulders and hips are basically the same size and has a defined waist) that doesn’t mean that your body looks exactly the same as mine does. For reference I am about average build as I wear anywhere from a size 6 to a size 10 depending on the brand and I am also 5’6″ tall.
I do believe that these tips can also be used by women who are skinnier or heavier than I am that also have hourglass figures and want to dress to flatter their body.
I love wrap dresses and even faux wrap dresses. These dresses are perfect for emphasizing a smaller waistline and work to downplay hips as well. I like the wrap dresses that gently flow over the hips rather than being stuck to them.
A-line dresses also work well on women with hourglass figures. In fact, A-line dresses work well on almost any type of figure. Look for an A-line dress that you can belt at the waist to define your waistline even more or for one that cinches at the waist.
I tend to stick to monochromatic dresses rather than prints. This is more of a personal style but I do notice that a dress in a different colored print makes my hips look bigger than the same dress in a solid color or a monochromatic print.
I know that pants are one of the hardest things I have trouble with. With an hourglass figure I often suffer from pants being too big in the waist (you know that think were you can see down your pants in the back because they have a huge gap) or too tight in the hips or thighs. If I find a pair of jeans that fit properly I usually buy more than one pair.
Mid-rise pants have always been the best choice. I am too old for the low, low cut ones and the fact that I bend over a lot with little kids; low rise pants are not usually an option. Plus I notice that low rise tend to make me look bigger because of where they sit. I’m also not into mom jeans where the top of your waist band hits the bottom of your bra waistband.
A rise that sits about an inch or two below my belly button seems to be the best on my hourglass figure. But again, I do have to try the pants on because there are lots of times that I get the dreaded gap in the waist which is a big no-no for me.
Also, when it comes to jeans avoid buying ones that have details on the hips or thighs. This includes fading or whiskering as this just draws more attention to your hips. I remember a few years ago when the whole whiskering and fading was so popular and I couldn’t find jeans that were just plain and it bothered me because these jeans looked horrible on me. Nowadays, it isn’t as popular but still something you may want to watch out for.
Even though big tunic style tops and peasant blouses have been popular for some time now, I avoid them because of my hourglass figure. When the smallest part of your body is your waist you don’t want to cover this up with all kinds of bulk. If I choose a tunic I opt for a more fitted one or I belt it at the waist to show off my figure. Belts will be your best friend if you want to wear tunics and have an hourglass shape.
Just like wrap dresses, wrap tops also flatter an hourglass figure. I have several wrap tops that look great with jeans or a skirt. I notice that v-necks look better than crew necks as well but this may be more of a personal preference than having to do with my shape.
I don’t think I have ever worn a striped skirt because they have always looked horrible on me. A horizontally striped skirt just makes your hips look bigger than they are and a vertical stripe may end up looking mismatched around your hips if skirt is a little tighter there.
When it comes to skirts I do like pencils skirts that come down to the knee or right above. I’m not into miniskirts as I tend to be more modest but with bigger hips a shorter skirt may not be the best choice anyways.
Another trend that I have stayed away from in the past year is pleated skirts. When you have an hourglass figure you really don’t need to add any more width to the area around your hips.
Since I don’t work outside the home I don’t wear very many jackets or blazers but sometimes I will pair one with my jeans for a more grown up and polished look. If you have an hourglass figure be sure that you never buy a boxy jacket or a blazer that has pockets right on the hips.
Instead I opt for fitted jackets and blazers that cinch in at the waist. They should hit at your hip or slightly lower as anything above your hip tends to cut you off and can make you look like you have larger hips.
For a winter coat, I love the pea coat and actually own several of them in a few different colors. I love the way that they still show off your figure even though it is a heavier coat.
Hopefully these tips for women with hourglass figures help you out a little bit. Again, not every woman with an hourglass figure looks the same but these are some general tips that can help you find clothes that will flatter your body and make you look gorgeous!