Fabrics to Flatter the Hourglass Silhouette
“This is a call to arms. A call to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous with yourself. The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the story line that says you’re too fat or too sallow, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose too big; just look into the mirror and see your face. When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgment, and that is the first step toward transforming your experience of the world.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
THE HOURGLASS SHAPE
You know the saying … “If you’ve got it… flaunt it.” Characterized by a narrow waist and wider hips and bust – you’ve got the ideal curves that everyone strives to achieve. The hourglass shape is so popular many fashion designers, media outlets, and fitness pros provide countless tips and tricks to help women contour their waist by any means necessary. But, if you have followed me, you know that we are all fearlessly and wonderfully made and should do what makes us feel and look our personal best every day regardless of body shape or size.
Women with an hourglass shape have a natural allure and are often tempted to show a little too much of their curves. Remember, to keep it classy; simplicity is key for you. You can practically wear anything, and it would look fabulous on you, just don’t give admirers too much all at once – you know as moms and grandmothers have taught us for many years “give em a little shoulder and take it right back.”
FABRICS FOR YOUR BODY SHAPE
Your shape is your asset. There is nothing you can do to conceal it. Your figure outline is visual without being intentional. Therefore, EMBRACE IT and adorn it with fabrics that are form-fitting and always flattering such as spandex, matte jersey, stretch cotton, and leather are just a few fabrics that will slay your curves. Keep it simple with solids. And be mindful of prints with overly busy patterns, they have a tendency to add wait to undesired areas.
Featured selections can be found at Nordstrom’s
STYLES TO FLATTER YOUR HOURGLASS FLAIR
The hourglass shaped dressing objective is to choose styles that accentuate your curves and elongate your body shape.
• bodycon or peplum dresses
• wrap tops emphasize the waist
• tapered or skinny leg pants
• pencil skirts with a slit that stops at or above the knee
Avoid masculine, shapeless, boxy, bulking clothing. They do nothing for your figure type.
MAKE A STATEMENT AROUND YOUR WAIST
Accessories such as belts, sashes, and ties will accentuate your naturally defined waist will not only highlight shape but will also amp up the pizazz factor of your outfit.
You are fearlessly and wonderfully made … celebrate every part of your being. And, if you ever find yourself self-criticizing, listen to these favorite anthems … “I Am Every Woman” by Chaka Kahn, “Indie.Arie” and “Beautiful Flower” by India Arie (well basically any song by India Arie), and “All About that Bass” Meghan Trailor just to name a few. And, remember to keep it authentic, classy, confident, and courageous every day.
This week’s feature only pertains to the hourglass and briefly highlights fabrics and styles that flatter your body type. The body shape has many characteristics to account for to build a versatile and long-lasting wardrobe. I would be delighted to help you reclaim, refine, and restore your authentic style power to achieve a 3-C Style Presence.
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Wishing you all the best in dress,