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Shape Styling: Hourglass Body Shape

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The Hourglass Body Shape

One word can describe the hour glass body shape – curves. Most women envy the womanly shape that is hourglass. This shape is defined generally as a woman with similar bust and hip measurements and sometimes a curvy bottom. An hourglass shape can be a size 6 to 26, the size doesn’t matter – it’s the shape that defines this body type.

Celebrities with hourglass shapes include Jessica Simpson, Marilyn Monroe, Salma Hayek, Mariah Carey and Beyonce Knowles.’s number one style rule is to emphasise your assets. Hourglass shapes should emphasise those girls, opt for slightly plunging or v-shape necklines. You should also avoid being colour top-heavy as this can emphasise the bust. Instead, lengthen your gorgeous hourglass figure with light colours on top and dark colours on the bottom.

The first rule in styling is to start with your undergarments. You must have a well fitting bra. Your bra should be professionally fitted and you will find your size will vary from a regular fit to strapless.

You should also have a range of underpants for all occasions. Underpant staples should include boy leg and standard knickers in a range of basic colours.

The most gorgeous clothes can look terrible if your undergarments are not well fitted.

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Follow the below tips to help hourglass shapes create a more balanced look:

  1. V-neck tops will flatter your chest better than round and accentuate your bust line. With the right bra, you can support a large chest. Ensure the top is not too tight or too loose. Only wear a tight fitted top if you are wearing high waisted bottoms.
  2. Avoid loose, baggy bottoms. Ill-fitting track pants, cargos or jeans do nothing to accentuate your figure. In fact this style of clothing can make you look bigger than you are. Opt for wide legged or flares bottoms that balance out your hips. You are also blessed to be able to wear low-rise pants.
  3. Wrap-style tops, skirts and dresses are your new best friend. A wrap-style will showcase your small waist. You also look great in fitted waist tops such as bustier style.
  4. Avoid empire waists – they will make you look dowdy and can create the illusion of pregnancy.
  5. Maxi length dresses and skirts are also a great option for slimming the rear, just make sure they are a right fit, not too floaty but not figure hugging.

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Jolene enjoys writing, sharing and connecting with other like-minded women online – it also gives her the perfect excuse to ignore Mount-Washmore until it threatens to bury her family in an avalanche of Skylander T-shirts and Frozen Pyjama pants. (No one ever knows where the matching top is!) Likes: Reading, cooking, sketching, dancing (preferably with a Sav Blanc in one hand), social media, and sitting down on a toilet seat that one of her children hasn’t dripped, splashed or sprayed on. Dislikes: Writing pretentious crap about herself in online bio’s and refereeing arguments amongst her offspring.

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