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Guide to an Hourglass Body Type

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Beverly Chang
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Welcome to the hourglass club! You join a host of other beautiful, stylish hourglass body types, like Eva Longoria, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Catherine Zeta Jones, Salma Hayek.
Hourglass: Your shoulders and hips are around the same size and your well-defined waistline is significantly smaller. Your bum is round and your bust is full. Your thighs are full but narrower than the lower hips. The hourglass body shape is balanced naturally with a defined waist.
There are general guidelines and tricks for creating balance and proportions when dressing each body type. There may be some areas you want to emphasize more, and other areas you want to detract from in order to create balance and proportion. Your choice and placement of color, texture, pattern, accessories, etc determine where the eye is drawn and how proportioned your body appears. However, these are only tips and you ultimately get to decide where you want the focal point of your outfit to be.

Tips for an Hourglass shape:

The key to dressing this body shape is to follow its natural silhouette by proportionally dressing the top and bottom of the body while accentuating the waist.


  • Define and accentuate the waist with belts or nipped garments
  • Choose clothing that shows off your curvy silhouette
  • Wrap dresses and blouses are your best friend


  • Avoid shapeless clothing, straight cuts and boxy styles that hide the waist, show off those curves!
  • Drawing attention to the hips and shoulders to keep the natural balance of your body's silhouette
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