I loath the notion that fashion is only for model types. Everyone can have style.
Any body type can look beautiful, under the right conditions, but let’s be honest; It’s just easier to wear what you see on the runway if you’re skinny and relatively flat-chested with narrow hips. It’s boring, annoying, wrong and sucks. –Garance Dore
Well said Garnace! I love styling the fuller figured (also a term I don’t like) woman. It’s rewarding to gift someone the sense of empowerment that accompanies great style.
Understanding what works for your body is just as important as understanding what doesn’t work.
One silhouette for the hourglass shaped woman to avoid is the empire dress. Empire cut dresses narrow just below the bust and flare out to the knee or feet. While you may have a small waist to show off, the rest of the body is left shapeless and larger in appearance than with other cuts.
Fitted pants can be difficult to find because of the hip to waist ratio. If it fits in the hips, it doesn’t fit in the waist and vice versa. Getting around this can be troublesome. I recommend going with fabrics that have stretch and looking for easier to tailor cuts. Certain types of jeans are much easier to tailor than others. If in doubt, take them in to the tailor with the tags on and ask them if they can be fixed easily, you can always take them back. Taking the time to have your clothes tailored will pay off in the long run.
Most woman seem to have a handle on what doesn’t work for themselves, so I will focus more on what does work for the hourglass shape.
The secret is to own your imperfections. No hiding them or trying to change them– you learn to make something interesting out of them. And clothes are there to help, not to be instruments of torture. They’re at our service. –Garance Dore.
Let’s talk about how to make that happen.
While the always stylish Mindy Kaling is an endless source of inspiration, other hourglass shaped stars to look to are Marilyn Monroe, Scarlett Johansson, Kim Kardashian and Kate Winslet.
Style speaks to the world before you ever say anything. Make sure your style says what you want about yourself.