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Dress Your Shape: Hourglass

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Holy moly, it’s Wednesday…

How did we get here already?!

It seems that this is the week I’m finally settling into a nice summer groove. This morning, I saw a quote from one of my favorite style bloggers and Chicago Soul Cycle instructor extraordinaire, HALLIE which went something like this…

Stop prioritizing your schedule and start scheduling your priorities.

(Preach, sista’ and apologies, if I totally butchered the thing.)

It’s like something clicked internally and I was finally able to shake off that major case of writer’s block that’s been plaguing me for a while. All of your sweet comments and really HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS played a big part too — so thank you for that!

So where does all of this leave us?

Well, with a new THD series I like to call, “Dress Your Shape!” I’ve been meaning to compile this series of posts for quite some time, but it took a comment from a reader to get me excited to actually put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard?!) and share this styling knowledge.

It’s one thing to figure out what styles/trends you do and don’t like, but it’s a much more difficult task to figure out if the fashion you’re attracted to is actually right for YOU! The first step towards successfully dressing your shape is figuring out what shape you are. The world is made up of people of all different shapes and sizes, but the majority of us can be sorted into one of 5 categories: Hourglass, Apple, Pear, Inverted Triangle and Rectangle.

(Take THIS QUIZ to determine which body shape you are!)

Today, I’d like to focus on one of the most common shapes and often times the most challenging: the Hourglass!

As an hourglass, you’re fuller in the bust and hips/thighs with a clearly defined waist. You curse the waistline of jeans and/or pants that always seem to gap and never fit quite right. Pulling across the chest of blouses and tops is also a common and frustrating hourglass phenomenon.

So what’s an hourglass girl to do?

Top — River Island // Jeans — AG // Shoes — Guess // Tote — Baggu // Hat — Reiss

Shop The Look:

And now, onto dressier occasions…

Dress — Topshop (sold out, THIS is similar) // Shoes — Schutz // Clutch — Sophie Hulme //
Belt — B-Low The Belt // Earrings — Alexis Bittar

Shop The Look:

The key to dressing an hourglass figure lies in waist definition. All of your clothes should work to balance your top half with your bottom, while emphasizing that smaller waist in between. Open (not too revealing) necklines, a belted waistline and hip skimming and knee-length skirts will all work to further emphasize your curves and silhouette. Try to avoid shapeless shifts or trapeze dresses which will only hide your best assets.

Hopefully, all of you lucky hourglass ladies found this little body shape tutorial helpful! If there are any specific questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out via comments or PRIVATE MESSAGE.

I just love getting mail!

Until tomorrow and another body shape…

Dress your body

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