DRESSING FOR YOUR BODY TYPE 

X - HOURGLASS

Your bust and hip have similar width and balanced; you have well defined waist line (min 25% smaller) and curvy frame, fuller bust and hips, slightly rounded shoulders.

Hourglass figures have well-defined waists, and this asset should be accentuated.

Below you can find some basic recommendations that you can follow in order to balance your silhouette and enhance your look. 
 

Necklines : Keep the natural balance, do not go to extreme wide or narrow lines and embellishments.  Round shape low neck lines such as scoop, oval, jewel, sweetheart and v style. Avoid high necklines with collars, turtle necks.

Scoop Neckline
Jewel Neckline
Sweet Heart Neckline
V Neckline
Bateau Neckline

Sleeves : Fitted sleeves would follow your natural curve; use elbow length sleeves; cap or flutter sleeves to draw attention to waist area. Avoid loose and wide sleeves with embellishments, they draw too much attention to your upper body.

Bracelet Sleeves
Shirt Sleeves
Kimono Sleeves
Raglan Sleeves
Bell Sleeves

Shirts : Form fitting tops that will accentuate your waist line and maintain your balance look; mid-length that hits the hip bone or crop tops; wrap tops; peplum style or belted tops, light weight jersey knits. Avoid loose sweaters, chunky knits and embellishments at your bust area.

Bust Pockets Shirts
Jabot Shirts
Pussy Bow Shirts
Ruffle Shirts
Knot Front Shirts

Jackets : Fitted layers that follow the natural body line; single breasted fitted blazers; leather jackets, cropped silhouettes; bomber jackets with elastic waistbands, belted jackets.

Leather Jackets
Single Breasted Jackets
Cropped Jacket
Bomber Jacket
Peplum Jacket

Coats : Form fitted, tailored classic styles, such as trenches or wrapped coats. Avoid straight, boxy styles, they hide your natural waist line. Also avoid too many details which makes you look unbalanced. 

Chesterfield Style Coat
Trench Coat Single Breasted
Single Breasted Belted Coat
Princess Coat
Single Breasted Military Coat

Skirts : Maintain the natural waist line and avoid adding too much volume to at the bottom. High waist skirts hit below knee; pencil or tube skirts or voluminous skirts that define the waist such as godet, gored or circle skirts. 

Circle Skirt
Pencil Skirt
Godet Skirt
Tube Skirt
Gored Skirt

Dresses : Dresses that follow your curves and focus on your waist line such as bodycon, tulip, wrap and peplum style dresses; flowy dresses with belt, knee length. Avoid volumes around hip such as pockets or ruffles, empire vest, straight or boxy styles and oversize dresses.

A Line Dress
Shirt Dresses
Tulip Style Dress
Peplum Dress
Wrap Style Dress

Pants & Jeans : Medium to high waist flares; wide leg loose fitting pants; jumpsuits ; mid-rise slim, straight, flared or boot-cut jeans; leggings. Avoid pleats or pockets around the hip, baggy pants, large seams or cargo pockets and low waist styles.

Boot Cut Pants
Flared Leg Pants
Tapered Pants
Skinny Trousers
Classic Trousers

Fabrics : Use soft, flowy or stretchy fabrics that would follow your natural body silhouette such as fine silk, jersey, cotton and stretchy denim. Avoid stiff, thick and textured fabrics.

Accessories : Since you have balanced silhouette, your shoes selection would depend on your outfit. If your outfit is heavy on the top, than you would balance it with your chunky shoes, wedges and platforms. If you have balanced outfit, than you can choose more classic shoes like flats and medium heels. 

Your bags should sit on your natural waist, not too close to your bust or below your hip. Shoulder bags, satchel bags, cross body bags and hobo bags are good options. 

Use medium length scarves stays around your neck area, not over your bust or hip. You can use small to medium scale soft belts that follow your natural waistline. 

Choose necklaces that are very short or very long that reach your tummy area. Avoid the wide, chunky ones lie over your chest area. 

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Dressing Guide For Triangle Body Type
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