Body Shape 101: Dressing the Hourglass

We've been talking body shape this week and it's all about how we can style up some fabulous summer dresses to suit our fabulous figures. Choosing the right style is of paramount importance, so we need to keep you looking as chic as possible with our tips and tricks.

Earlier this week it was about the strawberry and now it's the turn of the hourglass, aptly named after a very un-chic egg timer. Getting the fit right on an hourglass is key, as some shapes can overwhelm your frame. The advantage of an hourglass is wearing things that are more fitted, as the body shape is typically balanced; the shoulders and hips are of the same measurements with a defined waist.


Navy dress, €52, Next; Red v-neck dress, €24.99, New Look (AW15 soon to arrive in store) Navy dress, €52, Next; Red v-neck dress, €24.99, New Look (AW15 soon to arrive in store)

The hourglass can really have their pick of the dresses; from fit and flare to a more pencil style. But there are a few things to bear in mind. Avoid a straight neck, as sometimes this can add some extra length across, so like before opt for V and round necks when you can find them. But to help you in your search, I've got some beautiful options that are super affordable too.

For casual wear, opt for styles that have a nipped in waist. For Autumn Winter, there are plenty of these fits to choose from especially from Next and New Look. And the waist does not necessarily have to be too structured; try a drawstring or simple ribbon tie to get the same effect. If you have a dress that has a bit more fabric, pop a belt on to achieve the same.


For formal wear, you can opt for a dress that's more fitted. Miss Selfridges's new Autumn Winter range will have you excited for the Christmas party (too early to mention that?)

Party dresses from the Autumn Winter collections at Miss Selfridge Party dresses from the Autumn Winter collections at Miss Selfridge

Be prepared with your shapewear with these two as they can be a little less forgiving than some of the a-line styles we talked about earlier in the week. There are some great labels out there including my favourite Maidenform which is affordable but of fantastic quality!

If you want some celeb inspiration, Kate Winslet is my favourite. She dresses for her shape perfectly, and is a very good point of reference for formalwear especially.

kate winslet Look, the same shoes!

So the hourglass maybe the ideal shape, but what shape are you and how do you style yours?

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