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Chapter 6: Best Styles for the Hourglass Shape
The hourglass body shape is characterized with curvy, well-defined and round waistlines with generous thighs and a fuller bust and hips. Due to the change in the concept of fashion and beauty, some women with hourglass body shapes try to conceal their curves. Others are facing difficulty in finding the best styles for this particular type of body shape or figure.
Since the hourglass body shape is considered to be the most ideal feminine shape, there is really not much that needs to be done in order to accentuate the body figure. If you are one among the lucky individuals that are blessed with this body shape, all you need to do is to dress appropriately and smartly and look for the best clothes or styles that will flaunt your shape well. Dive deeper into some more helpful information on how to appropriately dress an hourglass body shape.
How to Dress an Hourglass Figure or Body Shape
One of the ultimate keys in dressing an hourglass figure or body type is to proportionally dress the bottom and top of your body while accentuating the beauty and shape of your waist. Wide belts over dresses and shirts are excellent ways of showing off your waist. For a more curvaceous effect, one can create this by means of adding some volume to the lower and upper body while maintaining balance. Women with hourglass figures usually have great legs so you should enjoy the freedom of playing with different skirt lengths.
Choose tops that accentuate the waist and retain the balanced look of your hourglass figure. Look for tops with nipping or banding at the waist, belted tops, wrap style tops, form-fitting tops and tailored jackets and shirts.
You are fortunate for having an hourglass body shape because you can wear any bottom as long as it is paired with the right top. You can try pencil skirts and high-waist pants, straight legged pants, boot cut, skirts showing off your great legs, skinny jeans, pants paired with balanced tops.
Coats and Jackets for Hourglass Body Shapes
Tailored and fitted jackets and coats are excellent choices for a hourglass body shape. Well fitted jackets aid in slimming down the waist and this will emphasize the your figure beautifully. With this type of figure, you are able to choose any length, however; tailored long coats work well especially with pleated waist details and belts.
Single-breasted jackets are also perfect for those with this body shape. Simplicity is still the best key when looking for the perfect coat or jacket. As much as possible, avoid over accentuated pocket or shoulder detailing.
If you are one of the many who are blessed with an hourglass body shape, you are advised to cling to shorter jackets ending at your hips. See to it that you do not conceal your shape under bulky jackets. Stick to the one that follows your body curves.
You can also try neat and small sleeves that soften your upper and fleshy arms. Your hourglass body shape will do the major talking in terms of your coat so make sure that you get the right size and fit. Do these things and you can never go wrong when it comes to your style.
When it comes to the best styles for the hourglass body shape, you also need to think about the right neckline styles, collar styles and sleeve styles. All these styles pose impact to your over-all look and image. You also need to devote time and effort in choosing fashion accessories that best suit your hourglass figure.
Chapter 7: The Best Styles for the Full Figure
The full figure is becoming more common in many women these days. Some consider having this figure as a challenge while others take this figure as an asset. There are many ways to look great with a fuller figure. There are great styles and approaches that individuals can keep in mind when choosing clothes and dressing up.
Some women with full figures find it frustrating to find good styles to suit their body shape that will make them look elegant and flattering.
However, there are some rules that can help in creating a unique style and making life easier when you choose clothes and shop. These rules will help you create the right style that will give emphasis to the beauty of your body shape.
Wear skirts and dresses below the knees
Choose bold prints and patterns
Go for tailored suits
Choose dark colors for these create a slimming effect
Wear same tones on bottom and top
Wear draped scarves, deep necklines and long necklaces
Consider vertical stripes
Wear loose fitting dresses or clothes that flatter the body
Best Style Dresses
The best dresses that look stunning and flattering to a person with a full figure are nipped at the waist such as belted or wrapped dresses. You can also look great in maxi dresses however; these have to be snug below the bust in order to make you look slimmer. There are several styles for the full figure that may look fabulous and awesome on you but this will still depend on factors other than your body shape.
There are some details that you need to look upon when shopping for dresses that conceal problem areas like your hips, waist and stomach. These are a few:
Vertical pleats on bottom elongate the lower bottom and make the legs and hips look leaner
Ruchings around the waist conceals a round belly
V-necks create leaner upper bodies
Waist cinchs define slim torsos
There are essential fashion tips that women with a full figure must know. These tips include but are not limited to the following:
Wearing Light Colors
Light colors are proven to maximize the size that things appear to be but this can be fixed by means of adding some touches that elongate the figure. Color blocking shortens your body figure so adding heels to compensate for this is a good option.
Choosing the Right Length
The length is an important factor when thinking about the best styles for a full figure. Calf length dresses look best on taller and fuller figures. The best dress for a full figured woman is the one that stops at the knee or even shorter. Shorter hemlines reveal more legs and make you look slimmer.