How to Dress an Hourglass Figure

Hi ladies, the next instalment of my dressing for your body shape series is concentrating on the hour glass figure. I have previously covered apple and pear shape so check them out if this applies to you.

How to Dress an Hourglass Figure

Celebrity Hourglass Body Types

How to Dress an Hourglass Figure

The hour glass body type is considered to be  ideal so lucky you if you have one! The characteristics of an hour glass are a full bust, generous thighs, a narrow defined waist and rounded shoulders that align with your hips.

Your bust and hips are roughly the same size creating a curvy silhouette and your upper body is proportionate in length to your legs. You are a picture of balance from top to bottom, a classic voluptous shape. Think Marilyn Monroe or Scarlet Johansson.


Dorothy Perkins Luxe Mint Wrap Trim Blouse Was $54 Now $28


Dorothy Perkins Bootleg Trouser $28.00


Just Cavalli Belted Top $230 via Yoox


Cloth Pencil Skirt $79.95 via The Iconic


New Look Peplum Top $23.38


ASOS Midi Skater Dress With Full Skirt And Wrap Front $79.22


Top Shop Tailored Crop Boucle Jacket $103.44


Country Road Seamed Felt Dress $149.00

Style tips on how to dress an hourglass body type:

  • Belted tops accentuate the waist
  • Choose fitted clothes that nip in at the waist
  • Pencil skirts keep your body streamlined and hug your killer curves
  • Choose high waisted pants to elongate the leg
  • Jackets and coats with two buttons to elongate your torso
  • Opt for tops with cinching at the waist
  • Wrap-style tops and dresses are very flattering drawing focus to your waist
  • Wear voluminous A-line skirts/dresses
  • Choose tailored shirts and jackets
  • Don’t wear straight silhouettes that hide your waistline
  • Belts are your friend, choose a medium size or skinny belt to highlight your waist
  • Avoid high necklines
  • Choose boot legs pants/jeans. The flare balances out your wide hips and gives the illusion of longer, slimmer legs.
  • Choose deep V necklines to draw the eyes to your waist
  • Bias cut dresses and skirts are great for an hourglass shape

You want to flatter your form without adding bulk and bring attention to your shoulders and neckline. You have a lot of options because your shape is already in proportion! Just remember to try to maintain the balance of your beautiful body shape.

I hope these style tips helped you if you are blessed with an hourglass figure.

Stay tuned for my next post on the rectangular body shape.

  • chile_chicken

    Thanks for these tips! I definitely need to stay away from straight-waisted items, I am drawn to them in the shops but they always look horrible on me.

    • mamastylista

      No problem. Please let me know if you have any questions. Happy to help! x

  • Mystery Case

    I’m pretty sure I’ve been rather delusional and dressing thinking I’m an hourglass for years but when in fact I’m pear shaped. Actually I think I may be a different shape altogether but closest to pear shaped. My wardrobe really needs some urgent assistance.

    • mamastylista

      Would love to help you out! xx

  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama

    Off to check out your post for apple shapes right now …

    • mamastylista

      Please do Janet! I hope it’s helpful. x

  • Bev | Iris May Style

    When I’m wearing a dress people often think I’m an hour-glass (Oh how I wish this was true). I’m a pear. Hips thighs and a sticky out bottom. Why are we never satisfied? xx Great post

    • mamastylista

      Well you’re obviously dressing well to suit your body shape! I wouldn’t expect anything less! ;) x

  • Vanessa

    I think this is me although I don’t think I resemble those celebs on any level! I try to follow all your style tips, particularly belting my waist, keeping it tailored, a-line and avoiding straight shifts. Love all your picks and am off to do a little window shopping! Thanks Dee! xx

    • mamastylista

      No probs hun, glad they were helpful! x

  • Kim-Marie Williams

    I think I might be an hourglass without a waist?! I always define my waist and my boobage and buttage are equivalent.

    I always define my waist and would wear all these items except bootcuts – I’ve tried but they don’t like me. Maybe I’m actually Kimba shaped?! X

    • mamastylista

      Ha! Most definitely Kimba. Straight leg jeans would be good on you methinks? xx

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style

    Great tips!! I’m a hybrid of hourglass & pear. I’m going to call it the glass pear.That Cavalli belted top is amazing! Rachel x

    • mamastylista

      Love that Cavalli top! It would look great on you. x