Dressing Your Body Type: Hourglass

Dressing Your Body Type: Hourglass

Shauna Toomer
3 min read


I'm scrolling Facebook one day, and I see a meme that read, "Don't dress like the body you want, dress like the body you have. You can't dress like Beyoncé if you're shaped like Rick Ross!" Well, why can't I ?! What if I want a Rick Ross body and I feel like dressing like Beyoncé? I would rather not have a Rick Ross body, but you see where I'm going with this. It's possible to dress like the body you want while appropriately dressing the body you have. When styling all shapes, creating a balance and a flattering fit are the ultimate goals.

I've researched seven common and not-so-common body shapes to help you achieve the look you want while complimenting your body and highlighting your best or favorite features. Break rules if you want but make it work in your favor. Everyone is different. You might be a combination of shapes. Mix and match these tips until you find what works for you.

Those with hourglass shapes are well-proportioned with a defined waist and curvy hips and butt. Place your focus on highlighting your waist and those big ole pretty legs the church ladies used to tell you about.


  • Choose V-neck or boat neck tees
  • Clingy is excellent for dresses and tops
  • Wrap tops and dresses that accentuate the waist
  • Peplum
  • Trench coats and fitted blazers


  • Pencil skirts
  • High waist jeans without extra details along hips
  • Jumpsuits
  • AVOID boxy styles and anything flowy. When in doubt, belt it.

If you don't fall under this category, don't worry. Find figure 8, diamond, pear and several other shapes throughout my blog. I got you covered.