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How To Dress An Hourglass Body Shape 


As a Personal Stylist, the most important thing to me in fashion is knowing you body shape!

It…. is… vital!!

If you want to dress well, you need to dress with your body shape in mind.

It is the foundation of great style and effortless elegance.

Style is all about balance.

If you want to appear visually balanced, with no area visually wider or shorter than any other, it is necessary to learn the following rules and guidelines.

SO………There are five main body shapes:
Apple, pear, hourglass, column and inverted triangle.

In order to dress well for your shape,  the style guidelines to learn are:

1 – Determine your body shape …………….Which I will help you with here on Gails Rails!

2 – Which areas of your body to emphasise and which ones to conceal.

3 – How to attract the eye….. and detract the eye away from a particular area

4 – How to create a well balanced silhouette

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There are massive benefits for knowing your body shape!!

1• Save time in the stores –

Knowing exactly what cuts and styles to look for, shopping will be quicker and easier.

2 – Feel satisfied and empowered –

Knowing you’re wearing clothes that suit your body perfectly.

3 – Comfortable your own skin

If you are wearing clothing you feel comfortable in, you are automatically happier on the inside! And that beams through!

Comfort is the ultimate secret to confidence!!
AND Confidence is the ultimate secret to BEAUTY.

……And you CAN achieve all of this by wearing what suits your body shape and sticking to it!!

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You have an Hourglass Shape body if you have:

Full bust
Well defined narrow waist
Proportionately balanced shoulders and hips
Rounded bottom
Curvy Body

Highlight your natural curves and proportionally balance both upper and lower body at the same time
Flaunt your well balanced waist
Brig attention to your shoulder and neckline, wear designs that bring the eye to the centre by wearing wider or lower necklines

Best Trousers

-Choose trousers that enhance your lower body and help balance your bust
-Boot cut pants. This style accentuates the skinniness of an hourglass waist by balancing out the volume you’ve got up top, pair with heeled pumps or boots
-Trousers that are mid rise
-Wide leg and straight cut trousers, in a dark shade will make you look taller, leaner and curvaceous

Tops to avoid

-Slouchy jeans
-Combat style, side flap pockets will just add bulk
-Low-rise jeans

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Best Tops

-Look for tops and jackets that will accentuate your waist and help balance your bust with your hips. Close fitting or fitted – especially when the bottom half of your outfit has more volume
-Narrow v-necks
-Tops nipping at the waist
-Tailored shirts and peplum jackets
-Dark coloured tops
-Low halter necks and square necklines
-Fitted cardigans with the top button undone
-Lengthen a short torso with vertical stripes

Tops to avoid

-Baggy t-shirts or jumpers
-Over embellished or heavily beaded tops and dresses
-If your busty don’t go for hight necks or bulky detail
-Straight tunic tops
-Empire cut tops and dresses

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Best Skirts and dresses

-High waisted skirts, pencil skirts, and a-line skirts are perfect for you
-The perfect length is at the knee and if you are a petite woman you can opt for a slit to elongate your figure
-Pencil skirts are ideal
-A-line skirts will accentuate your tiny waist
-To look taller and slimmer try a long slit
-Wrap dresses and back tie styles will work perfect and draw attention to your waist
-Scoop, sweetheart, and V necklines
-Peplum dresses

Dresses and skirts to avoid

-Over embellished dresses and skirts that will make you look heavier
-Drop waisted skirts and dresses will simply ad bulk
-Empire cut dresses and boxy tunics

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So these are the general rules for dressing an hourglass shape. I hope its been helpful but if you are still not sure what shape you are, check out the other 4 body shape types on my blog.

Gail xx