How The Right Fashion Outfits Can Give You An Hourglass Shaped Body
Image from Reiss AW16 Collection
It comes with no surprise that most women glamorise those with an hourglass shape; after all, we live in an age where the hourglass shape is the new standard of beauty. Luckily, for those aiming for an hourglass-shape, creating the illusion of an hourglass shape is not as difficult as one would believe. We do have to remain realistic however, and accept that we cannot drastically change our body shape – and in my opinion, we shouldn’t have to, to feel beautiful. What we can do is work with our fashion sense and fashion outfits to balance our figure.
In this piece we have some quick and easy tips and tricks to make your next fashion outfit your avenue to an hourglass shaped figure.
Seeking Out Your Tailor
Although, we have been speaking of fashion outfits, we begin with the essential element: your tailor. Every woman needs to befriend a tailor. Your tailor will take your fashion outfits to the next level, not only by fitting your wardrobe to your body-shape, but also by slimming your figure and giving you that sophisticated, powerful and elegant look. Your tailor can transform boxy, ill-fitted outfits into those that hug and flatter your curves and minimise your flaws, thus balancing your figure and creating the illusion of an hourglass shape.
Colour Your Wardrobe Thin
Of course, your tailor can’t become your personal fashion guru, which is why you also need to learn how to look slimmer, well-balanced and work with your outfits to create the illusion of the hourglass shape.
When it comes to the hourglass shape, the key is in creating the illusion of a thinner waist. This illusion can be constructed by placing emphasis on your waist, and colours are one way to go about it. The simplest route is by employing colourblock tops. Colourblock tops with side panels will draw eyes towards the middle, while fading out the sides of your torso, thus thinning your waist. Furthermore, if you want to slim a section of your body (depending on your body-shape) you can wear darker and neutral colours, or use vertical stripes. On the other hand, if you wish to emphasise and widen, it is recommended to wear brighter, more eye-catching colours or horizontal stripes. By using colours to emphasise and de-emphasise your curves, you can balance your figure and thin your waist for the ultimate hourglass illusion.
The Right Bra Is Always An Essential
A good quality and suitable bra is another vital hack to an hourglass-shaped figure. Hourglass shaped women have fuller busts, but also busts that are proportional to their lower half. If you fall short on the bust size, a push up bra or an under-wire bra can help add some volume and lift your assets. If you are a larger busted women, make sure that your bra is lifting your bust away from your waist, thus accenting your waist – and with the right cut, you can slim your bust and make it more proportional to your lower half.
Again, It’s All About The Waist
The idea of a thinner waist as the essential component of an hourglass shape has been noted numerous times, but let’s dive into the specifics. As you may have already guessed, utilising belts is one way to accentuate and slim your waist. Depending on your body shape, you should seek out either thick or thin belts to avoid looking boxy or developing those dreaded love handles. Wearing the right type of dress can also accept your waist. Look into empire, wrap dresses, A-line dresses and vintage designer dresses, as these dresses commonly work well for almost any body shape. What you are looking for is a dress that pinches at the waist (not uncomfortably, of course), while flowing out at the hips. Other less known or thought-of hacks include utilising trench coats, jackets with waist belts, and padded shoulders (particularly essential for pear-shaped women).
Jeans and Trousers: The Hidden Secret
Jeans and Trousers can make or break your hourglass shape illusion. In this case, low-rise jeans and trousers (also skinny jeans) are to be avoided. They will either make you look boxy or place an emphasis on your muffin-top, essentially destroying any hopes of a waist, and thus an hourglass-shaped body. High-waisted, dark jeans and trousers that will elegantly smoothen and tuck away any unwanted fat, while accenting the smallest part of your waist, is your best bet.
Now that you have the essentials, go out there and create the fashion outfit to give you that hourglass shape. Remember, pair it with some gorgeous heels and wear your look with confidence of an hourglass-shaped woman.