How to Dress an Hourglass Body Type (Curvy)

Cardigan Empire the Movie, climaxes with
The Hourglass

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How to measure: waist/hip and waist/bust ratio less than .75;
hip and bust measurements within 2 inches of each other;

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exemplary hourglasses:
kendi, kendi everyday
christina hendricks
naomi, love taza
sofia vergara

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Hourglass (Curvy)

Upper Figure (Ample Bust)
Middle Figure (Soft Tummy)
Lower Figure (Full Hip, Bottom)
Linear (Straight, Athletic)
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  1. says

    Hello Rachel! Thanks for your awesome Blog! I loved the dress and cardi. That was pretty. Do you think Straight Leg, Boot leg, Wide Legs are the best offers of leg cuts too for Hour Glass?

  2. says

    Dear 30SomethingDeb,

    Straight cuts are the most universally flattering legline out there. They would definitely work for an hourglass. Bootcuts offer a nice balance at the ankle for a curvy hip. Very skinny jeans can be tricky for an hourglass since they force a comparison between a wider hip and a much narrower ankle. I prefer a more moderate trouser leg to a full wide leg since that much fabric can be overwhelming on an already curvy figure.

    Hope that helps :)

  3. Shelleen says

    I found your website through a friend that paid for one of your styling sessions and I am SO glad! This opened my eyes because I’ve always felt like I was an upper figure and lower figure and thought that you had to be one or the other and was always confused and felt left out. It also made me feel that because I had a full bust and full waist that I was just a big fatty. I’m glad to have found out that I’m an hourglass and will take confidence in my new-found body type! HOORAY!

  4. says

    Thanks for great help with my figure!! I have naturally wider hips but a very small waste, I was always confused as to which category I feel under. So thank you very much!! :)

  5. Susie says

    But! But! There is an important distinction between x hourglass and 8 hourglass. For years, I thought I was a pear because my angle-y frame couldn’t possibly be the voluptuous curvy soft dream that the hourglass is supposed to be. Alas! Shoulder-hip ratio changed my life! Don’t leave me and my fellow x-ies out!

    • Susie says

      Point being: I would look like a drag queen if I dressed according to your advice. It’s a lovely look but not the one I’m going for.

      • says

        Ha, ha. And regarding the drag queen, that usually has more to do with signature style. I love modern, draped, possibly asymmetrical shapes on architectural hourglasses. It’s definitely different than the traditional hourglass recommendations. :)

    • says

      Hi Susie, I completely agree. You are what I call an architectural hourglass or someone with broad shoulders and hips but not necessarily a full chest. I do analyze hip and shoulder breadths in my consultations, because I agree it makes a big difference. So x hourglass, architectural hourglass, it really is the same thing, but I agree very important. Thanks for commenting!

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