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aka curvy shape

Hourglass figures are pretty much the envy of all women but, having this much sought after shape certainly doesn't make it any easier to pick out the perfect outfit. An hourglass shape is characterized by the bust and hip measurements being almost the same with a narrower waist measurement. When you think out about an hourglass shape it's hard not to have Kim Kardashian come to mind and all her outfits that include a corset to exaggerate her hourglass body shape. It doesn't matter which of your favorite features you want to show off or hide for that matter. This guide will help you learn how to dress your gorgeous hourglass shape! Learn how to dress a hourglass shaped body and love how you feel in your wardrobe! Use this guide to discover style tips for a curvy shape including lots of tips and outfit ideas!

Hourglass Body Shape

  What is an hourglass shape?

  • You have a well defined small waist.
  • When asked how you would want to describe your body shape, curves are what come to mind.
  • The measurements of your hips and bust are about the same.
  • Your body has fuller bust and thighs. Bottom and hips are rounded.
  • Slightly round shoulders.
  • Any weight gain is generally equally distributed throughout the body.


The trick to dressing an hourglass shape is very simple. Always choose styles that define your waist and don't ever be afraid to show off your admired shape. Fall in love with figure hugging power pieces that accentuate your curves! The key is to follow your natural silhouette as your body shape is perfectly balanced.


1. Must Have Tops For Hourglass Shapes

With your hourglass shape your wardrobe needs to include pieces that highlight your neckline and celebrate your waist. Just remember the power pieces in your wardrobe should all be fitted styles. 

  • Wrap Tops
  • Body Hugging Jersey Knits
  • Tailored Tops
  • Anything That Highlights Your Neckline. V-Necks, Boat Necks And Round Necks

With an hourglass body shape you don't need to stick to just a specific sleeve lengths. In the cooler months try elbow length sleeves which draw draw eyes to your waist. If your arms are a favorite asset, then tank tops, flutter sleeves and cap sleeve styles.

2. Perfect Dresses For Hourglass Shapes

Say YES to those dresses! Your body shape was made for dresses and now it the time to celebrate your silhouette. Iconic silhouettes for curvy body shapes include wrap dresses and fit and flare or skater dresses. Either of these styles of dresses are made to accentuate your curves and show off your best features. If you are wanting to try a timeless style of dress for your hourglass body then reach for an empire waist silhouette that naturally will show off your natural waist.

Unfortunately your enemy are styles that are flowy and do not define your waist and bust. But, if you find a loose silhouette that you simply must have, then add a belt. 

As far as hemlines, choose any length that you want. If you want to show off your legs then choose a mini dress. The hemline length that falls above the knee shows off your sun-kissed skin. To show off your hourglass silhouette choose a midi style that falls below the knee accentuating your shape.

3. Don't Forget The Accessories

Top your outfit with accessory styles that highlight your curves. Belts are great, but skinny belts are your secret fashion weapon. Necklaces are an accessory must have so, be sure to have plenty in your wardrobe. If you are looking to accentuate your bust then choose a length that falls slightly below the collarbone. 

4. Follow Your Natural Silhouette

  • Choose power pieces for your wardrobe that accentuate your curvy silhouette.
  • Avoid styles that draw too much attention to your shoulders or hips.
  • Avoid shapeless loose clothes that hide your waist.

5. Define Your Waist

  • Wear dark accessories like belts at waist to draw attention to your waist.
  • Accentuate your waist with belts and scarves.



A bodycon dress is made to trace your curves and that makes it a favorite for hourglass silhouettes! This means when you stock your wardrobe you definitely want to choose bodycon dresses which flatter and highlight your curves. Bodycon dresses are also wonderful because you can find casual, semi-formal and formal styles making them the perfect dress for every occasion! 

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No dress can accomplish what the wrap dress has been able to. This classic dress style features a v-neckline, tie waist and a-line skirt. With the tie waist a wrap dress defines the natural waist creating an ultra-slimming effect. The v-neckline enhances the bust all while sliming the hips. A plunging neckline also creates a lengthening effect for the torso. 

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Talk about the ultimate flattering silhouette! A skater dress which is also known as a fit and flare dress has a hemline that falls about the knees with a fitted defined waist and an a-line skirt. 


Remember: Everyone and every body is different and unique. Your uniqueness is what makes you beautiful and we want you to fall in love the styles that you choose. These guidelines are only a starting point. Mix and match shapes to find the right fit for your individual shape. Discover other body shapes and which dress styles work best with our guide for dressing your body type.