Style Advice – The guide to body shapes
The neat hourglass body shape
To determine if you are a neat hourglass body shape, look at yourself in the mirror in your underwear. Stand with your legs together and your arms a bit away from your sides. Examine the area from under your arms, past your bust and ribcage, over your waist and hips to the fullest part of your thighs.
Then compare yourself to the image and review the questions and characteristics below. We suggest you look at all the body shapes to find your closest match.
BODY SHAPE STYLE ADVICE
Wear the same size top and bottom?
Have a clearly defined waist?
Have clearly defined bust?
Have a curved bottom?
YOUR BUILD IS CHARACTERISED BY:
A defined bust
A defined waist
A neat bottom
OTHER BODY SHAPE TENDENCIES
If you have gained or lost weight many times your body shape can change into another one. Read below to see what other body shape tendencies you might have:
Extra weight around your hips can make you lean towards a pear shape
Extra weight around your waist can make you lean towards an apple
A fuller bust, hip and tummy can make you lean towards a full hourglass
GENERAL RULES FOR YOUR BODY SHAPE AND HOW TO CREATE VISUAL BALANCE:
You need to wear shaped and fitted lines in order to follow your body lines
Follow your body line – that defines your waist, enhances your bust and highlights your hips and bottom
This is the classic feminine shape and is most flexible when it comes to wearing different styles and shapes in clothing
YOU SHOULD AVOID:
- Any styles and shapes that hide your body shape. They will add extra volume to your waist
THE BODY SHAPES AND THEIR CLOTHING LINES
Every body shape has its own characteristics and silhouette, which needs to be addressed when choosing your clothes. The aim of choosing the right clothes is to balance your silhouette. You may not be able to follow all the fashion tends that are out there, but nowadays there are so many trends in fashion that there is something available for every body shape. So, don’t get sidetracked by falling in love with a style and look that doesn’t match your body shape:
NECKLINE FOR NEAT HOURGLASS BODY SHAPE
Very flexible – as long as you don’t have a short or wide neck.
SLEEVES FOR NEAT HOURGLASS BODY SHAPE
The choice is yours – they will all work for you.
TOPS & SHIRTS FOR NEAT HOURGLASS BODY SHAPE
Your choice is versatile as long as you opt for fitted styles. Wraps, waistcoats, layering and crossovers will highlight your shape and waist.
JACKETS FOR NEAT HOURGLASS BODY SHAPE
Fitted shapes with waist definition – again the choice is yours e.g. shoulder pads, single or double breasted, belted or empire line, lapels, breast or hip pockets.
COATS FOR NEAT HOURGLASS BODY SHAPE
All shapes as long as they have some shape at the waist or a belt.
DRESSES FOR NEAT HOURGLASS BODY SHAPE
Any style either shaped or belted, short or long will work.
SKIRTS FOR NEAT HOURGLASS BODY SHAPE
Again you can be very flexible in your choices. You can wear straight, A-line, pencil skirt, panelled, flip, dropped waistline, bias cut, pleats, waistbands, full skirts etc as long as they have waist definition.
TROUSERS FOR NEAT HOURGLASS BODY SHAPE
Any type will work for you whether long or short; wide or narrow; pockets or none; pleats or plain front; with or without turn ups etc.
JEANS FOR NEAT HOURGLASS BODY SHAPE
The choice is yours, but watch it when choosing a waistband.
SHOES FOR NEAT HOURGLASS BODY SHAPE
Petite/medium size details in shoes are best, but otherwise most things will work.
BAGS FOR NEAT HOURGLASS BODY SHAPE
Any choice will work.
SWIMWEAR & BEACHWEAR FOR NEAT HOURGLASS BODY SHAPE
No restrictions here, but keep in mind that the best styles are the ones that underline your shape and feminine curves.
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