With sexy curvy proportions in the right places and a well-defined waist; no wonder ‘the Queen of curves’ Marilyn Monroe is one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s. The hourglass body shape is considered to be the most ideal figure when it comes to the women’s body type. Women who have this type of body often have the following characteristics.
- Narrow well-defined waist
- Full bust
- Weight evenly spread throughout the full body
- Bust and hips are in nearly the same size.
- Round buttocks and well-shaped legs
Celebs with a hourglass body shape are Beyoncé, Scarlett Johansson, Sophia Loren (back in the days), Christina Hendricks, Kate Winslet and of course Marilyn Monroe.
How to dress a hourglass body shape?
Hourglass body shaped women can actually wear anything they want, but if you want to define -for example your waist more-there are some tips you can follow to emphasize the right curves!
V-necks and wrap blouses
If you want to emphasize your waist wear tailored, fitted tops and blouses. If you have a flat stomach you can wear stretchy materials which hug your curves. Wear a belt in the waist to define your silhouette, the attention is then drawn to the waist. Also wrap blouses are key when you don’t have a flat stomach. When it comes to necklines wear V-necks, sweethearts and scoop necks. Avoid boat necks and squares.
Do’s: wrap blouses, tailored tops, stretchy materials, V-necks, sweethearts and scoop necks.
Body hugging dresses
Wear body hugging dresses made from a stretchy material. Do you still remember Hervé Legers bandage dresses? Well, these are perfect when you have a hourglass shaped figure. It’s perfect when you want to define –read boobs & booty- the right curves. If you don’t have a flat stomach you can also wear A-line and wrap dresses where the bottom of the dress is wide and the top is fitted. Tip: Wear a maxi dress with a split in the front, in this you will look longer and slimmer.
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Do’s: bodycon, bandage, A-line, wrap dresses, peplum style, maxi dresses with front split.
Balmain blazers & Burberry trench coats
Balmain has these blazers in their basic collection every year: tailored blazers to define the waist. Kim K is one of the celebs who rocks this blazer all the time and we couldn’t agree more. Of course not everyone has Balmain money, but there are enough shops who carry budget proof items.
Pencil skirts are great to define your waist and curves. Wear with a bodysuit or tight top and tuck this in you skirt. Skirts with a ¾ length or maxi skirts with a split in the front are perfect to make you look slimmer and longer. Don’t wear skirts with a straight line. To shop these styles click here
Do’s: pencil skirts, bandage skirts, long skirts with front split, mermaid style skirts.
Wearing pants and jeans with a high waist line will make you optically look slimmer and taller. Style with a bodysuit to define your narrow waist. Please don’t wear boyfriend jeans, but skinny pants or jeans with a straight leg. Choose jeans with stretch as they shape nice around your curves.
Do’s: high waist pants, skinny jeans, straight leg pants and jeans.