Since the days of Marilyn Monroe, an hourglass figure has had plenty of bombshell appeal. With a bust and hips equal in size and a waist noticeably smaller, a woman with an hourglass shape have curves to show off. Finding a dress which flatters that shape means choosing a style that emphasizes the waist to play up your assets. A variety of dress silhouettes fit the bill, so you have options no matter the occasion.
A Versatile Wrap Dress
A wrap dress is flattering for most body types, but it works especially well on an hourglass figure. The silhouette will showcase curves by wrapping to a close right at your narrow and defined waist. The two halves of the dress also create a deep V-neckline that helps elongate the upper body. To make the look office appropriate, wear a camisole under the dress to avoid showing too much cleavage. Add a cropped blazer and pumps to create a polished, professional outfit. If you’re headed to a party or out for a night on the town, skip the cami and wear stiletto or peep toe heels for a sexier look.
A Polished Sheath Dress
A sheath dress is a slim-fitting, tailored style that hugs curves in a subtle way making it not only an ideal choice for an hourglass figure but also office appropriate. The key is to look for a sheath dress with the right details like a flattering scoop or V- neckline and seams at the waist to define the area. Opt for a fashion-forward color, or pair with a belt or fitted blazer.
A Sexy Tube Dress
A form-fitting tube dress is an ideal option for special occasions if you have an hourglass figure. The strapless neckline emphasizes your bust line, while the snug tube style highlights a smaller waist. Choose a style that doesn’t feature too many embellishments like ruffles or beading, though – these details can add unnecessary bulk that makes you appear larger. Instead, choose a simple tube dress in a luxurious material like satin. A style that features ruching through the bust and hips can help hide any bulges that you aren’t comfortable with. Wear the dress with bold earrings or a statement necklace and your favorite heels for an outfit that works at a cocktail party or other festive event.
A Belted Shirtdress
For the office or casual settings, a shirtdress can offer a chic, stylish look. Because many shirtdresses do not have waist seams, so opt for a fitted style with a belt. The leaner cut eliminates extra material that might hide your curves, while the belt adds definition at the waist to help balance your silhouette. If you find a shirt dress in a color or pattern that you like and it does not come with a belt, make it more flattering by adding your own belt or a ribbon in a contrasting pattern. For a weekend look, pair the dress with ballet flats or tights and flat boots. At the office, opt for pumps and a statement necklace like a thick gold chain to give it more polish.
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Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.