Hourglass Silhouette

If you’re blessed with an hourglass figure, congratulations! Everyone hates you…just kidding. This is the most coveted female body type. The hourglass silhouette is symmetrical and made famous by Marilyn Monroe, Kim Kardashian, Salma Hayek and Sofia Vergara. If you do not have a defined waist and balance in your curves, fear not Queen. Here are simple tips from a personal stylist to fake those infamous 36x24x36 measurements.

How to Create A Waist

While dressing yourself be very aware of optical illusions. Think about proportions and balance above all else. In order to achieve an hourglass silhouette, one has to accentuate the waist and ensure balance is achieved on the top and bottom halves. For example, if you’re Jennifer Lopez (a classic triangle body type) you can afford some volume in the bust or shoulder area. Add ruffles, boat neck collars or off the shoulder tops to enhance this area, all the while creating balance with the lower half. See below for more tips, tricks and my Hourglass Body Shape Pinterest Board for more inspiration.

  • belt everything
  • v neck tops
  • fit and flare dresses
  • high waisted jeans
  • flare jeans
  • empire waist dresses
  • balance volume at shoulders and lower half
  • tuck in your tops
  • peplum tops
  • wrap tops
  • wrap dresses
  • three quarter length sleeves

Not sure if you have an hourglass silhouette? Wonder what colors suit you best? In need of a closet clear out?


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