We traditionally think of the hourglass body shape as the perfectly proportioned frame for women, but it isn’t without its problems when it comes to dressing well. Sure, you might be the envy of all the other girls in the office, but if you are finding it tricky to get the clothes you want to fit, then read on for our style tips…

What Is An Hourglass Figure?

The pear shape is a very familiar female form and if you are lucky enough to have one you could benefit from slender shoulders, a small waist and a lovely, fully-rounded tush.

Hourglass figures are all about curves and the key to accentuating them well is finding the right clothes that will shape and fit properly to your body’s silhouette – so let’s look at some style hints for hourglass body shapes right now!

Styling The Hourglass

Don’t get frustrated with high fashion – most of it is now designed for straighter, non-curvy figures – but in general you can’t go wrong by sticking to the classics such as strapless dresses, fitted jackets and A-line skirts. Think about Marilyn Monroe – the ultimate curvy girl – and seek out classic and vintage-inspired designs!

    • Pencil skirts are incredibly flattering on women with hourglass figures and can be worn with a simple blouse or shirt for another classic look
    • High-waisted pants or jeans really emphasise your gorgeous curvy hips
    • Many women with hourglass figures have a big bust, so if you fall into that category you might want to think about wearing supportive bras to give more definition to your waist
    • Avoid wearing clothes that are too tight – you want to emphasise your curves, but not your lumps
    • Wide or low necklines help draw attention to the neck and shoulders
    • If you have thicker upper arms, try some tops that extend past the chunkiest part of your arm
    • Accessories are fantastic for the hourglass figure so invest in drapes that show off your curves and look to the 1950s for inspiration for necklaces and bangles.

Famous Hourglasses

Watching stick thin models and celebrities in recent years, you might think that curves are going out of fashion, but they most certainly are not. If you have an hourglass figure, you are in such esteemed company as Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Marilyn Monroe, Salma Hayek, and Kelly Brook.