The Hourglass Body Shape

The hourglass body shape is one of the most common of the female body types amongst the big breasted community. It maybe a much admired shape but it is not easy to dress well. 

A Classic Hourglass Body ShapeNigella Lawson

We are often told the hourglass figure is apparently the most desired of the female body types, whether that is true or not, it does not mean it is always easy to dress!

That is what it is all about, dressing to suit your shape, size, colouring and age.

What Is An Hourglass Body Shape?

It is no exact science but if your hip measurement and bust measurement are the same or similar sizes (roughly within an inch or two of each other) and you have a significantly smaller waist, then congratulations you have an hourglass figure.

A 'true' hourglass body shape apparently has a waist some five or six inches less than their hips but like all things, these meaurements vary. This is often considered to be the most desired body shape! You are a curvacious minx!

Well known ladies with hourglass shapes are: Kelly Brook, Scarlett Johansson, Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Lopez or Christina Hendricks.

How To Dress An Hourglass Body Shape

Like all body types, the hourglass figure has it's advantages and disadvantages but generally speaking the plusses outweigh the minuses.

It can be difficult to find dresses, tops and trousers to suit those curves. Often times your garments will fit in one area but be too tight or too loose elsewhere.

But do not worry and certainly do not hide that fabulous shape in baggy clothes. Follow the advice below for the perfect curvy dress styles. You will see I have used a lot of pictures from the Amazon site simply to illustrate these concepts. I am not necessarily endorsing them, simply using them as examples.

Tops For An Hourglass Figure

YogaColors Women's Squareneck Fitted Peplum Tank Top
Bounteous Shirt for Big Boobs

Fitted Shirts for Big Busts

# Always look for well-tailored, fitted tops which follow the shape of your curves. This may be easier said than done with a big bust but try and find retailers like Pepperberry in the UK, who cater specifically for big breasted women.

# Avoid tops that are too tight, stretchy or shiny as they will over-emphasise your big bust. It is a difficult balancing act.

Krisp Womens Low Cut Zip Front Frilled Flared Peplum Waist Fishtail Top Blouse Summer
Maggie Tang Short Sleeve Trendy Fitted Off Shoulder Modal Blouse Top T-shirt

# Take a look at the dresses for big busts page to see examples of flattering necklines and the necklines to avoid.

# Your aim when dressing is to maintain that wonderful natural figure so avoid features such as shoulder pads, wide sleeves and ruffles which will bulk out your top and make you look unbalanced. This is why the au natural strapless look, works so well.

Dresses For An Hourglass Body Shape

Kelly Brook Print Dress
Blue Banana - Beige and Brown Floral Halter Neck Wrap Dress

This is a selection of dresses you might consider. You will know what styles and colours suit you but consider the following issues:

# Anything that gently hugs your curves and shows off that slim waist will be a success.

# Both strapless and asymmetrical, or off the shoulder dresses are difficult styles that you can pull off.

Blue Banana - Red and Black Squiggle Print Strapless Dress
Artie 2015 Sheath One-shoulder Long Lace Prom Dress Evening Gowns

# Just remember to avoid too many embellishments on your top half. Remember the need to stay balanced. Keeping it simple really works.

# Belts to cinch in that waist and / or draw atention to it. Or alternatively dresses with the waistband emphasised.

Tiana B Women's Sleeveless V-Neck Wrap Dress
Ever Pretty Half Sleeve Ruched Waist Ruffles Stretchy Wear to Work Dress

Wrap dresses, or even faux wraps, are a wonderful style for most female body types but are particularly good as dresses for hourglass shaped women. I particularly like the styles that you can adjust to cinch in to suit your waist.

Flattering Trousers Or Best Pants
For A Curvy Figure

Xidi Women's Relaxed Fit Straight-Leg Short Inseam Bootcut Plus-Size JeanWe all need jeans
The best trousers for hourglass figuresFor lazy days

# You can wear a greater variety of pants / trousers than most. If you want to emphasise that little waist try wide legged trousers to provide a contrast and funky belts to nip in your trim middle.

# The standard advice is that the best styles of jeans / trousers / pants are boot cut, straight leg or wide leg for an hourglass body shape.

# If you have slim legs, experiment with more narrow legged trousers but be careful with too much tapering, particularly if you have very slim pins, because it can make your bum (ass) look big!

# You know better than anyone what you can get away with for your age, your butt, your legs, your height etc but taking all those factors into account the key issue is to wear things that provide balance for what is going on above.

The Perfect Skirt For An
Hourglass Body Shape

Pencil Skirt

TrendzArt Azules Women's Below the Knee Pencil Skirt

A-Line Skirt

Zeagoo Women Korean High Waist Pleated Skirt A-Line Floral Skirt

# Pencil skirts and A line skirts will both show off that gorgeous figure. Look for skirt that starts at the waist, rather than hanging off your hips. These can be worn above or below the knee to suit you.

# Remember the importance of length. Forget what you tell him, length matters! Avoid any skirt that finishes at the thickest part of your leg, it will make you look chubby and create the illusion that you are shorter than you really are.

# As with tops, avoid anything that will over-emphasize your lower half. Wearing a gathered skirt will draw too much attention to your bum / ass, destroying that balanced shape. Equally avoid embellishments at these points.



Did you like this page, did you learn something, maybe it reinforced you own views? I want to give as much (hopefully helpful) advice to the busty sisterhood as I can.

Please remember, we are all different. You may like to wear certain clothes and styles which I am suggesting that you should not. That is your absolute right. Do what makes you feel good. This site undeniably goes for the more modest approach because I feel all busty ladies already know how to be more racy if they wish.

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Kelly Brook
Simply Be

Here Kelly Brook is modelling her own line of clothes. Logically they should be a good fit for an hourglass body shape.


Hourglass Body Shape Celebrities 

Hourglass Body Shape - Jennifer LopezJennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez smoulders as she shows how to keep it plain and simple.

No fancy belt, subtle jewellery, simple plain monochrome colour, no outrageous neckline or short skirt.

If you have an hourglass body shape, keep it simple, simply let it stand for itself and you will sizzle.


Sofia Loren -
the 50's pin-up girl

Sophia Loren sizzlesSophia Loren

One of the first world-wide sex symbols was the very shapely Italian Miss Loren who was an hourglass body shape.


Celebrity Hourglass Body ShapesBeyonce

Here Beyonce shows off her fabulous horglass figure but it is not exactly a dress to go shopping in!

Beyonce has an hourglass shapeBeyonce

Neither is this cat suit but it does prove she is a genuine celebrity with an hourglass figure. 


Nigella Lawson is an hourglass body shape celebrityNigella Lawson

Actually Nigella is such an interesting role model, I have dedicated an entire page to her. See Nigella Lawson Photos.



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