Dressing An Hourglass or X Shape


Characteristics of the type:
  • Waist is 10 inches smaller than shoulders & hips
  • Shoulder and hips are relatively as wide as each other
  • Bottom and thighs are curved and weight gain tends to be in these area’s
  • Bust tends to be on larger size

Dressing A Classic Hourglass:

  • The key with this silhouette is the wear close fitting clothes in drapeable fabrics e.g. knits, jersey, wool etc. Linens and crisper fabrics do not work with this curvier figure type as they add bulk and make the hourglass body look heavier and boxier.
  • The classic hourglass has many options with skirts and can carry off pencil, straight and flared skirts as she has a nicely sloped line from her wasit to her low hip.
  • For pants and jeans, straight to bootcut tends to work best to balance the curvier thighs and bottom but if you see these as an asset and want to highlight those great curves then try a skinny leg.
  • The waist is very well defined on this figure type so be sure to highlight it with fitted waist hugging styles and belts. Wrap dresses and fitted tops, jackets and dresses are great.
  • For shoes, you may have to go for a slightly chunkier heel to balance heavier calves and thighs. Try platforms, wedges and styles thicker straps.
  • Open necklines tens to work best especially if bust is on the large size – Try V necks, U necks and other open necklines.
  • Celebrity Examples of the Classic Hourglass:  Fergie, Halle Berry
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