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Hourglass

Bottoms

  • Style

    Style

    style

    • Flat fronted with side zip, plain, straight or flared wide legs (best for long legs).
    • Simple and clean style jeans.
    • Look for bottoms that hug your curvy hips and lengthen your legs.
    • Wear skinny leg pants with caution as they will make you look short. Else pair it with high heels.
    • Zip fasteners work well than button up jeans.
    • Slightly tapered pants also look good.
    • Avoid bottoms with too many details at the hip. Your trousers should have flat fronts and pockets without flaps or large buttons. You should also avoid decorative embellishments or other decorations at the hip. 5 pocket jeans also good.
  • waist

    waist

    Waist

    Stick with mid rise or high rise pants. Avoid low rise pants as they make you look wider and legs look shorter. Wear denim jeans with smaller cut waist. Styles with wide waistbands are very flattering

  • color

    color

    Color

    Opt for darker colors.

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    Avoid

    • Avoid pleats and darts in pants as your tummy curves causes pleats to lay open.
    • Avoid baggy pants.
  • Most flattering

    Most flattering

    Most flattering

    Classic bootcut or straight legs, stretched denim, tailored jeans.

Tops and Shirts

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    style

    • Wear tops that extend below your hipbone or past your thighs to further slim you down.
    • Tops should be nipped at waist.
    • Side fastening are good.
    • Tops that stop at your waist will accentuate your curves.
    • T shirts look nice when they fit your waist, have a V neck and have some accents on the shoulder.
    • Choose shirts that accentuate your curves and that don’t have buttons all the way to the top.
    • Tops that flare below bust area and go to below crotch can be very flattering on trousers.
    • Vertical stripped tops are good for elongating body if garment is fitted or gathered in. Tops that stop just short of your waist are great for highlighting your feminity.
    • Shoulder pads are good to allow sleeves to hang unrestricted, cross overs or wraps in soft fabric.
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    Color

    Wear dark colors on top. Opt for tops in light and bright color or big prints if you want to show off your curves.

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    Avoid

    • Avoid turtlenecks.
    • Avoid frills around hem of a top as these will add width to your hips.
  • Most flattering

    Most flattering

    Most flattering

    Empire lines.

Skirts

  • Style

    Style

    style

    • Wear high waisted skirts.
    • Wear voluminous skirts. Look for skirts in full circle or tulip cuts especially if they have a high waists they hug your hips and hang off naturally without adding bulk.
    • Structured fabric is good.
    • If you want to emphasize your curves wear peplum.
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    Length

    Length

    Gored skirts in medium and long length are good

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    Avoid

    • Avoid skirts that end at widest part as it will make you look short and wide.
  • Most flattering

    Most flattering

    Most flattering

    Flip, bias or full skirts that are adjustable at the waist, pencil skirts (best with split at back or side), trapeze, trumpet skirts, A line skirts, skirts with tailored tucked top, Short straight skirts under a top or jacket.

Dresses

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    Style

    style

    • Any dress shape suits you.
    • Strapless off the shoulder necklines are perfect.
    • If you are short, wear 3/4th length dresses or just below the knee with a slit to make you look taller.
    • Voluminous tunic tops and dresses with little tapered on hem can work. Wear them shorter in length with heels.
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    Length

    Length

    Hemline no shorter than knee length.

  • color

    color

    Color

    If you want to downplay curves wear dark colors or vertical stripes.

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    Avoid

    • Avoid over embellishments as they make you look heavy. If you want to appear more curvaceous add details on bust and hips.
  • Most flattering

    Most flattering

    Most flattering

    WWear wrap dress, bias cut shift, empire line that goes in under the bust; wrap dresses that are nipped at waist, fitted dresses, Bodices, tailored sheaths, tank dresses, strapless, tailored dress, 50’5 frocks, waist defined shirt dresses, dresses with fitted top, detailing under bust and then flare at bottom as A line.

Jackets & Coats

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    Style

    style

    • Wear single breasted that are tailored, wide lapels which have to sit above your bust.
    • Fitted with shawl collar or concealed front opening.
    •  Wear motto jackets and double breasted jackets open. Double breasted can work if two rows of buttons are close together.
    • Wear short shape jackets which are belted.
    • Get a coat that highlights your waist and features a V neck.
    • They look good when left open to create a vertical line.
    • Tailored long coats can work well with belt or small pleated waist detail.
    •  Wear small and neat sleeves.
    •  Light body hugging sweaters in fine knits are great.
    • Vest should be form fitting end at or above your hips. 
    • If they have embellishments make sure you have enough volume around your hips to balance.
    •  Wear masculine blazers fitted on shoulder, cut straight in waist and length below crotch with sleeves.
    • Wear tailored jacket on boyfriend jeans/ skinny jeans.
    • Wear ponchos and capes over slim bottoms or bootcut.
    •  Cropped jackets look great with skirts or dresses and longer jackets with trousers.
    • A simple button under bust can draw attention in right places.
    • Wear puff sleeves or epaulettes to emphasize your shoulders.
    • Go for softer fabrics like knits and silk blends which gently drape over your natural curves. Wear sheer fabrics. Fabrics that are great are denim with elastane, fine jersey, very fine cotton or cotton mixed with elastane/ polyester, fine knits, fine silk. Stiff fabrics make you look fat.
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    waist

    Length

    Lengthwise above your hips to accentuate your curves. You can wear any length. If you are short, wear shorted jackets that end at your hips. Vest should be form fitting end at or above your hips.

  • Lapels, Collars and necklines

    Lapels, Collars and necklines

    Lapels, Collars and necklines

    • Wear wide lapels which have to sit above your bust.
    • Opt for lower and wider necklines like scoop, square or sweetheart V, halters, round necklines like oval, deep oval, rounded or jewel neckline.
    • Classic lapels are great like Chelsea and portrait collar. Mandarin collar, buttoned up shirt collars, halter neck, funnel necks and slash necks are great for small bust.
    • Avoid wider necklines like boat and square since they make you look top heavy. Avoid high necklines as well.
    • Keep attention around your bust and décolletage line e.g. Use embellishments or color pattern.
    • A high yoke which gathers or draped bodice is excellent to camouflage for a heavy busted person.
    • Go in for set in sleeves as they are perfect for your sloping shoulders. You can dress in short sleeves or sleeves above the elbow. For long sleeves opt for fitted ones or flowing bishop sleeves. If you want to show some feminity, ensure sleeves do not cover the complete curve of wrist. Sleeveless looks great. Tops with diagonal sleeves are flattering. Raglan sleeves are excellent as they soften the shoulder. Wear cap, ¾ th sleeves, above wrist, wrist length.
    • Wear small shoulder pads.
    • Wear big ruffles if you are small chested.
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    Avoid

    • Avoid over accentuated shoulders or pocket detailing.
    • Avoid stiff fabrics, since they make your body look boxy.
    • Avoid empire or drop waist coats as they hide your waistline.
    • Avoid straight and boxy styles.
    • Avoid baggy boyfriend jackets and swing coats.
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    Trench coats, coachman coats, tailored jackets with a bit stretch are ideal.

Accessories

A bright splash of color at your neck can add attention. Look for short necklaces that hug your neck or long necklaces that come down in a V necklace that hang low and wide over your chest may make it look larger and unbalanced. Long necklaces with a pendant close to your breast or waistline will draw attention to your waist. Wear large and interesting bracelets. Wear light scarves in winter to cover your open V neck. Avoid angular necklaces and those that hang too low and wide over your chest, especially if they hit just below the breast. Necklaces that reach your belly are fine. Try retro round button earrings for a cute look.

Shoes

  • Medium to chunky heels, platforms, pumps, kitten shoes, wedges, peep toes, bows, a pointed, square, round toe looks great. Considering you have good calves you are relatively flexible in shoes choices.
  • Wear color and detail in your shoes. Look for slimming heels.
  • Wear flat lace up shoes.
  • Choose sandal with closed in toe and a simple strap around heel for summer.
  • Pointy toe or almond toe shoes with bottoms that are wide at the hem are great as they lengthen height.
  • Look for boot with medium heel that is snug to your thighs. Avoid straight leg boots as they cover curves of your ankles as well as above the knees and calf length boots.
  • Low contrast footwear with skirts and dresses elongate bottom half. This includes trendy ankle straps.
  • Wear shoes similar to your skin tone, cone heel, wedge heel, open toe to elongate your legs.

Handbags

Choose chunky styles, shoulder bags that will sit near your waist and not your too close to your bust. Handbags are good, be careful with clutch bags (only good with slimmer arms). Choose bags with angles to play down your curves. E.g. structured bags like satchel, cigar box, classic Kelly bag and geometric clutch. Choose bag with curves to accentuate. E.g. soft pouch, oval bag, soft hobo, long rounded baguette, semi circular clutch. Shoulder straps on bags are uncomfortable because of sloping shoulders.

Belts

Wear dark belts around your natural waist. A belt worn around the narrowest part of your waist acts as focal point of your entire outfit. Skinny belts often work for your figure, but wide belts may shorten the torso if you have a short waist or petite height. Small to medium size soft belts are great. Avoid wide belts and hip belts as they add volume to hips.

Jumpsuits

You can wear belted and form fitting styles. But make sure legs are not tapered. Avoid too many details on hip.
For hourglass figure:

  1. Balance your bust: wear tops and dresses that are nipped at waist. Extra bulk on bust will unbalance your figure.
  2. Look for tailored snug pieces: they should be fitted and nipped at waist. Stretchy fabric works well for flat stomach.
  3. Stick with short, shaped jackets: look for belted jackets, trench style coats or other fits that draw in attention toward waist. Short jackets that stop just above your hips accentuate your curves. Stay away from volume enhancing details like ruffles, bows. If placed at bust, they make you look top heavy. If placed at waist, they detract you away from narrow waist.
  4. Stick with solid colors: you can also color block by having contrasting shades above and below your waist or stick with single solid color.
  5. Wear dark colors and vertical stripes: if you want to downplay your curves and look thin on upper half.
  6. Avoid heavy fabric. Avoid waistbands or belts as they will not accentuate your small waist. Never wear dramatic belts, batwing sleeves, smocks, flat lace up shoes. Wear clothes that follow your curves to look tall and feminine. Waistline has to be defined and not hidden.
  7. Wear clothes that are snug but not clingy. Wear q size up in form fitting style. Avoid clothes with straight lines as they make you look heavy.
  8. Skinny jeans will make you look shorter so wear it with balanced top and high heels.
  9. You can wear any color or pattern, just keep away from big differences in color between top and bottom as this will keep your figure out of balance.
  10. Empire cuts are hard to wear with a fuller bust because they aren’t cut long enough from shoulder to under bust point. But occasionally it works.
  11. The length of untucked tops worn over structured bottoms should either catch you just below your hipbone or past the thigh area. ( few inches above crotch point)
  12. Regular length tops with curved hems are ideal as they break up the curve on thigh creating an elongating and slimming effect.
  13. Avoid horizontal cut lines at bottom.
  14. Wear oversized tops with skinny bottoms to look slim (straight leg fit and pencil skirts). Keep necklines low and scrunch the sleeves with tailored footwear.
  15. Keep billowing top untucked with skinny bottoms.
  16. Voluminous tops drop shoulder works when necklines are high and length is hipbone or longer than widest part of hip.
  17. Fishtails skirts are no for you.
  18. To downplay your curves, wear dark color monochromatic outfit.

GENERAL

  • Avoid pants with low rise, if you have long torso.
  • Wear volume on top with slim bottoms and vice versa.
  • If you have short waist, wear long tops.
  • If you have short legs, wear simple bottom style or pair a long top with short and structured jacket.
  • Look for jackets that end at smallest part of waist.