You’re an hourglass when you have shoulders and hips approximately the same width and a defined waist that is at least 9” smaller than the shoulders or hips. The latter is the definitive guide to being an hourglass. Not all hourglass women are full busted. A flat or medium bust woman can be hourglass too. Also not only women who are curvy lands in the hourglass category, slim women too can be hourglass as long as they fit in the hourglass body shape measurement.


1. Wear good fitting undergarments.
To look wonderful in fitted clothing, you need to have good undergarments foundation. Wear fitting bra that will give proper support to your breast and create curves at the right place. 

2. Wear fitted clothing.
Go for fitted clothing as these will show off your womanly body. Bear in mind that fitted clothing doesn’t mean tight clothing.

3. Avoid baggy and boxy clothing.
If you want to show off your figure, avoid baggy and boxy clothing as they will only hide your curvy shape and tiny waist. Be proud of your curves!

4. Wear light-weighted and thin fabrics.
Choose clothing that are light-weighted and thin fabrics like cotton, silk as they tend to glide over your curves and flatter your body shapes. Avoid thick textured and bulky fabrics like brocade, tweed, grosgrain and bouclé as they are not able to follow your body’s curves hence make you lose your curvy shapes, making you look boxy.

5. Wear waist defined tops and jackets/coats.
Go for waist-defined tops, jackets and coats to flatter your already gorgeous figures (Belted or Buttoned). 
Short jackets that stop just above your hips accentuate your curves in a flattering way. Trench coats and A-line coats that concentrate on your waist are the ideal choice. If you don’t have long legs, wear coats that end above the knee.

6. Wear figure sculpting evening dresses.
You can wear any evening dress silhouette. Mermaid, trumpet, sheath, A-line and ball gown dresses are especially flattering on you as they sculpt your curvy body. Avoid empire dress if you have large bust.

7. Wear slimming necklines tops and evening dresses.
Go for V-neck, sweetheart or scoop neck tops and evening dresses. These slimming neckline will draw the attention to your narrow waist and bust. Avoid wide necklines like bateau, off-the-shoulders and square as these will add heaviness to your upper body. If you are full-busted you might want to avoid high necklines. If you are small-busted, strapless dress is a good choice.

8. Wear wrap and bodycon dresses.
Wrap and bodycon dresses are good ways to feature your defined waist and at the same time wrap over your body to showcase your gorgeous curves. 
Hourglass figures with a short waist or petite figure may not like this style, however, since it often falls out at the wrong part of their waist.

9. Avoid too many detailing and embellishment on your tops, jackets and dresses.
Detailing and embellishment like big ruffles, draping fabric, bow on your tops, jackets and dresses should be avoided as they tend to add heaviness to your upper part thus making you disproportion. If you want to wear them, make sure you add heaviness to your lower part (e.g. such as flared or pleated skirt) to balance it off. Or if you are small-busted, it’s okay to wear them. Shoulder pads should be avoided as well.

10. Wear peplum tops, dress and skirts.
Peplum are hourglass women best friend as they flatters your curves and show off your waist really well.

11. Wear pencil skirt and skirt with some flare.
Go for skirt with some flare, pencil or A-line skirt to highlight your stunning curves. Make sure to tuck in your top. If you have wide thighs, avoid pencil skirt if it causes horizontal wrinkles across your hip-thigh. The horizontal wrinkles will make you look bottom heavy.

12. Wear tops that extend below your hipbone to further slim you down. A top that stops just short of your waist will accentuate your curves, but if you would rather slim your curves down, look for a top that lengthens your torso by extending just below your hipbone or past your thighs.







BOTTOM: (to get your bottom streamlined)

1. Wear voluminous skirts. Look for dresses and skirts in full circle or tulip cuts, especially if they have a high waist. These cuts hug your hips and hang off them naturally, which accentuates your curvy lower half without adding bulk.

2. Opt for classic skirt cuts. A-line and pencil skirts are universally flattering. They work well for hourglass figures because they hug your curves and keep things streamlined.

3. Avoid low-waisted pants or skirts.
Low-waisted pants or skirts should be avoided as they will hit at your hips making your hips look bigger. Mid-rise or high-rise pants or skirts is the way to go as you get to show off your curvy hips. High-rise pants or skirts starts at the natural waistline draws the eyes to your tiny waist. Make sure to tuck in your top.

4. Wear straight, bootleg or wide legs pants.
Straight cut or skinny pants are perfect if you have long legs. Bootleg and wide legs pants are flattering because they balance your hips.
 Think wide-leg and boot-cut styles to create a longer, slimmer appearance for your legs. The flare keeps the bottom portion of your leg in balance with your wide hips.

5. Wear skinny-leg pants with caution. Skinny jeans make most hourglass figures look short and stout. If you have naturally long, lean legs, though, you may be able to get away with a tight-fitting skinny jean, especially if you pair it with high heels that add extra length to your leg.

6. Avoid too many detailing or embellishment on hips.
Avoid is pants, skirts and coats with patch pockets or other embellishment on hips as they make your hips look larger than they actually are.


1. Wear dark belts around your natural waist. A belt worn around the narrowest part of your waist acts as the focal point of your entire outfit. Skinny belts often work for hourglass figures of all heights, but wide belts may shorten the torso if you have a short waist or petite height.

2. Look for slimming heels. Your curvy hips may make your legs look thick and short when you wear flat shoes. Heels elongate the leg, however, creating a slimmer, better proportioned look.

3. Draw attention to your neckline with the right necklace. A bright splash of color at your neck can add personality to your outfit. Look for short necklaces that hug your neck or long necklaces that come down in a "V." Necklaces that hang low and wide over your chest may make it look larger and unbalanced.

  • Long necklaces with a pendant close to the breast or waistline will draw attention to your waist.

Wear large and interesting bracelets. These will draw the attention of the eye to your waistline as well as the wrist.


(We don't know why anyone would wanna do this, but just in case this is you...) Wear dark colors and vertical stripes if you want to downplay your curves. Some hourglass figures would rather look thin rather than curvy. If this describes you, slim down your upper half by wearing dark colors, vertical stripes, or vertical pleats.


The hourglass shape is very similar to the pear shape, the only difference between the two is that the hourglass shape has a bigger bust and so the top area and hip area even out. It is considered a curvy figure and the waist is very defined. Darker bottoms with a flare will still be most flattering, keep tops simple but to flatter your shape go for tops that synch in at the waist and have a flattering neck line. Avoid tops with detailing at the bust as it will draw the eye to that area and make it look bigger. It is key to keep eyes away from the hips and bust and highlight the waist.

SOURCES: WearAndWanderBlog, WikiHow, ParisSiel