How to dress for the hourglass shape

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How to dress the hourglass shape

After the Personal Style Starter Kits for the pear and apple shapes ran this spring, a reader wrote to ask about tips for dressing the hourglass shape. You ask, I answer!

How to dress for the hourglass shape

How-To Tuesdays: Style advice and answers for working momsThe art of dressing to flatter is based on the concept of choosing garments that will bring your body’s silhouette into balance, particularly between the hips and the bust. The goal, in fact, is to create the outline of the hourglass shape.

So if you’re already an hourglass, the clothes you choose will depend on which parts of your shape you want to play up the most.

  • If you want to emphasize your curves. Think Marilyn Monroe or Christina Hendricks on “Mad Men”: turn your hourglass shape all the way up to bombshell. Emphasize your waist with a belt, tailoring or details. Flash a bit of décolletage in V-necks and wrap tops. Hug your hips in a pencil skirt or lightly flared A-line.
  • If you want to soften your curves. Want to look more pinstripe than pinup? Try a well-tailored blazer. Avoid embellishment at the bust line and try a scoop-neck or boat-neck top. Look for longer or pleated skirts and dresses in gently draping fabrics.
  • If you want to look leaner or taller. The same tips that work for the pear shape work here, too: darker colors, straight legged pants, longer tops. And if your feet can take ’em, higher heels.

And if you’re an especially voluptuous hourglass, start with the foundations: a perfectly fitting bra with structure and support. Take care of your girls and every top and dress will fit better.

  • Fab mamas: Are you an hourglass lady? What do you like to wear best?

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