Your natural silhouette is the hourglass if, your shoulders are square and are relatively as wide as your hips/thighs. Also, your waist is significantly narrower than your shoulders and hips/thighs.

An hourglass body shape could have either a Straight-soft body line or a curved type of body line.

A straight-soft body line has an emphasis on the waist. The lines are usually straight or angular around the face and curved on the bottom.

A Curved body line has a good emphasis on the waist. The lines are usually rounded around the face and the bottom.

You could either fall on the extreme ends of these two body lines or you could be somewhere in the middle. The overall crux of an hourglass body shape is that it has a good waist emphasis.

How to Dress if You Have an Hourglass Figure

Tops/ Jackets

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Fitted jackets and tops with an emphasis on the waist are a good choice for an hourglass body shape. The trick is to let the fabric fall on the body curves and take the natural shape of the curves. Belted jackets or tops are also a good option, as they take the shape of the curve of the waist.


Deep V- Necklines, Halter tops, Notched collars, or Mandarin Necklines are some of the good options for dressing up a straight- soft hourglass body shape. If you are curvier then deep rounded necklines or draped necklines are a good choice for your type of hourglass body shape.


High- Waist Pants

Fitted Straight or Boot- Cut pants are the best options for an hourglass body shape. High- Waist pants and trousers are more suited as they tend to accentuate your waist. You should wear flat front pants and avoid wearing pleated pants. Flared and softly pleated slacks also look good on an hourglass body shape.

Skirts/ Dresses

Fitted Dress with waist emphasis


Gently flared skirts or dresses are an apt choice for an hourglass body shape. You should avoid wearing pleated skirts or skirts with frills. Your dresses and skirts should taper at the bottom and should be fitted not skin- tight. This will accentuate the shape of your waist and will give you your much desired look.


Coat Styles 
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If you have straight-soft body lines, then you must wear crisp fabrics on the top and soft and flowing fabrics at the bottom. A mix of Geometric, stripes and checks on the top and floral, paisley and swirls at the bottom gives the perfect look.

For completely curved body lines soft fabrics and patterns, florals, paisley, and twirls can be used to create the right effect.

Your complete dressing up is a combination of your clothing lines, necklines, fabric and the patterns of your clothing. You should use the right combination of all the features to create the right magical effect.

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