Meet the Hourglass.
She is defined by her proportioned curves, short waist and rounded attributes. Both her bustline and hipline line up at the same width, while her waist is roughly 8-10 smaller. Her back sways inwards, adding a feminine touch to her composition but can be a challenge to dress.Her short waist yields a long rise, making pant shopping specifically difficult. If she was to put on a pound or two, it would fall on her tummy - right below her waist. Every part of our hourglass is rounded, from her shoulder caps to her calves. While every hourglass’s proportions vary, each must work with her curves to even out proportions through proper styling.
Here’s how we like to do it.
Start at the top and open the neckline - by doing so, you minimize a full bustline. When choosing tops or dresses, seek out cuts that softly hug your curveline and flow away from the tummy area. We always love a cap sleeve over a t-shirt sleeve, as its diagonal cut upwards on the arm gently brings the eye up and away from the bustline.
Vertical details - like buttons, striking zippers or any dominant lines - bring the eye up and down, helping to shape or enhance the shape of the hourglass. Find tops and dresses that incorporate these in the design.
To elongate the torso, slant your belt from the waist downwards. This helps stretch out your mid section while still hugging the body at its smallest point.
Find pants that has little to no bulk around the tummy area to keep . Collections from Up! And Lisette L. do the trick, as they fall flat on the tummy.
At the end of the day, we hope you like to celebrate your curves! That means dressing them just the way you like them. For more, watch our Facebook live video series on Body Shapes - including our show on the Hourglass!