What is an HOURGLASS FIGURE? Well if you have CURVED HIPS and your shoulders are roughly the same width - whether you are a size 8 or size 28 - you are hourglass!
With a well defined waistline and can buy a top and bottom in the same size - you are completely balanced.
This is sometimes called a STAR shape, I really don't know why because there are certainly no straight lines with your figure. You have curves in all the right places.
If you gain weight you will likely put it on all evenly over your body, you'll keep a neat waist and maintain the balance top and bottom.
We're all different shapes and sizes but if this is the nearest body shape to your own, it's LOGICAL to choose the most flattering shapes for this feminine shape.
Many people assume that an Hourglass figure means you are voluptuous - as in plump, cuddly uh uh... overweight! It doesn't!
Even if you're very slim with shoulders and hips in balance with each other and a definite waistline then you are still considered Hourglass - it just means that you're equal top and bottom.
And if you're a bigger lady? This is the ultimate shape as far as the male race is concerned anyway, curves are always in!
Right: Catherine Zeta Jones wears a dress that follows her curves and shows them to full advantage.
Curved shapes on the fabric echo the curvy figure and a fluid skirt drapes softly around curved hips and thighs.
Extra fabric introduced at the hemline balances the bust and hip.
The glamorous Eva Longoria is actually a Petite but presents her hourglass figure in a stunning well fitted sheath dress.
And (right) a photo I found on Pinterest ages ago. I am indebted to this beautiful lady who shows us how to look fabulous with an hourglass figure even when we're not on the red carpet!
She perfectly balances top and bottom of her figure, playing to her curves and defining her waist. (If you know who she is, I'd love to know!)
Kim Kardashian enjoys a full hourglass figure and plays it to the utmost. A little more emphasis on the shoulder line, however, would balance her figure even more and actually slim the overall look.
She has been reported as saying (and it's even been photographed) that she uses Spanx (body shapewear) on the red carpet.
Although you will now understand the basics of fitting your HOURGLASS figure, like most of us, you may have the odd 'problem spot' which bothers you.
Perhaps it's sloping shoulders, a hollow back, a bust that's too big or too small - so take a look at how you can dress this part individually.
Dress for your OWN Body Shape shows you how to cope with your own personal bugbears!
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