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How to dress an hourglass body type?

How to dress an hourglass body type?

6 steps to dress up your hourglass body type.


Sometimes called an X shape , the hourglass shape is characterized by shoulder width proportional to hip width and a well-defined waist. Often considered the ideal silhouette, the curves of this silhouette balance each other perfectly. You don't know how to make the most of your lovely curves to enhance your look? Here's a 6-step guide to dressing your hourglass body type.

To check if you are one of those who have an hourglass shape without taking your measurements, simply stand naked in front of a mirror and observe your anatomy:

You have an hourglass type body shape if:

  • Your shoulders are the same width as your hips
  • You have a well-defined waist
  • You can have voluptuous curves in your bust, hips and thighs.

HOW TO DRESS AN Hourglass Body Shape?

You are lucky. dressing a figure like yours is relatively simple. The key is not to undo the harmonious balance that Mother Nature has offered you (or your parents) How? Respecting the lengths and widths of your body. Generally, you just need to follow two simple tips:

  1. Define your size
  2. Highlight your flattering curves

You have magnificent curves, it's time to highlight them with clothing adapted to flatter your assets.


The essential tops to dress an hourglass body shape

If you have an X-shaped body shape, you should clearly opt for fitted pieces. Celebrate your marked waist and choose low-cut tops to highlight your femininity. The tops made for you are:

  • Wrap sweaters and tops
  • Tops with a V or U neckline
  • Peplum-based tops Tailored collar blouses
  • Flowing blouses Bustiers and corsets

As your figure is particularly well proportioned, all your tops, from the most basic (like your casual T-shirts) to the most sophisticated (like your work blouses) must be perfectly fitted to flatter your narrow waist.


The best jackets to flatter an hourglass body shape

Opt for jackets that emphasize your slim waist. Be wary of pieces with cuts that are too square, they will not do justice to your curves. The most flattering jackets for your X-shaped figure are:

  • Short jackets
  • Classic trench coats
  • Fitted jackets without shoulder pads
  • Bombers (aviator jackets will look great on you)
  • Safari jackets
  • Fitted feminine blazers


The best dresses to match your body shape

Once again, your body shape is blessed by the Gods. Unleash the Marilyn Monroe that (perhaps) lies within you and opt for silhouettes as iconic as the wrap dress. Fitted, figure-hugging dresses are made for you and will naturally highlight your assets. Dresses made for your X-shaped figure are:

  • Fitted dresses that hug your figure
  • Shirt dresses and wrap dresses
  • Empire dresses will also highlight your neckline

What length of dress to choose?

When it comes to the length of dress to wear, make your choice! If you love your legs, don't hesitate to show them off by wearing mini dresses. If you want to cover them up a little more, opt for midi length skirts.

If you are one of those who prefers to minimize their curves, opt for simple cuts in dark, solid colors.


The best jeans and pants to accompany an hourglass body shape

Opt for flared pants. Do you have an hourglass body type and are looking for the perfect pants? Opt for slightly flared pants. The flare and bootcut styles maintain a balance with your hips. Furthermore, these pants cuts give your legs an impression of length while making them slimmer.

Be careful with pants that are too tight. Worn incorrectly, skinny jeans tend to shorten the silhouette. If you have long, slender legs, you can get away with pairing your jeans with a pair of high heels to compensate and add a little length to your legs.

Don’t hesitate to wear body-hugging jumpsuits. Very trendy, these very fitted jumpsuits are just incredible on hourglass body types. Just remember to opt for the one that will perfectly flatter your marked waist. Indeed, your perfectly balanced X-shaped silhouette does not need any other tricks to highlight your morphology and the curve of your hips.

Avoid harem pants. Unless you want to harm your anatomy, avoid these pants which are absolutely not made for you. However, if you can't resist the urge to wear these casual pants, make sure you coordinate them perfectly.

Avoid pants with too much detail on the hips. Your pants should be as simple as possible in order to maintain the balance of your figure. So avoid pockets with flaps and large buttons. Also avoid any decorative elements located on the hips.

If you are petite: Opt for pants with a mid-rise or high waist. Avoid low waists which will have the visual effect of shortening your legs while widening your hips. High or mid-rise waists, on the other hand, will lengthen your legs and your silhouette. Furthermore, pants with a wide waistband or pants with bridges will be completely flattering.

If you are tall: Avoid unbalancing your proportions between your bust and your legs. If the latter are long, avoid wearing high waists as well as wide palazzo-type pants.

Choosing jeans suited to your body shape:

  • Stretch denim is your friend. Avoid choosing jeans with denim that is too rigid. Your jeans should be stretchy. The ideal jeans to match your body shape must contain at least 2% elastane
  • Opt for a high-waisted cut. High waists (unless you're tall and have particularly long legs) are ideal for an higher waist on the lower back.
  • Don't be afraid of very tight pants. Caution does not mean that you should avoid the currently trendy skinny cuts at all costs. You can wear skinny jeans but don't hesitate to try on several to find the right leg length and wear them with high heels.


What skirt should you wear when you have an hourglass type body shape?

There are many styles of skirts that perfectly flatter the X-shaped body. If in addition to your incredible body shape, you are lucky enough to have pretty curves, opt for skirts that will highlight them. Skirts adapted to your body shape include:

  • High waisted skirts. These skirts are ideal for emphasizing the marked waist of an X-shaped body
  • Pencil skirts. They have the advantage of accentuating the curves while smoothing the thighs. To avoid hampering your approach, opt for a slit pencil skirt.
  • Flared skirts. Flared skirts like A-line skirts maintain the harmonious balance between the hips and shoulders while flattering the waist.
  • Wrap skirts. They are ideal for emphasizing the marked waist of the hourglass type morphology.


Accessories to make an hourglass body shape shine Of course, almost any accessory worn will look incredible with your X-shaped body shape. However, avoid overloading your neckline unnecessarily with necklaces that are a little too excessive. Collars stopping just below the chest are also not recommended because they will tend to remain suspended in space. To complement your figure, choose very short necklaces worn either close to the neck or on the neck itself (like choker necklaces) or opt for necklaces whose length is long enough to almost reach your stomach. These necklaces will wonderfully glamorize your look.

One last thing :

Every woman is different, every body is different. If you feel like your body shape isn't quite an hourglass shape, consider doing some testing to see what works perfectly and flatters your figure wonderfully.

Mademoiselle Grenade gives you here some tips, some ideas to follow and we are sure that you will know how to adapt them best to your curves.

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