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.
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.