5 Tips for Dressing Your Hourglass Figure

dresses for hourglass figureIf you are an hourglass, you are curvy. Va Va Voom! Think Marilyn Monroe, Sofia Vergara or Salma Hayek.

Your bust and hips measure about the same, and you have a much smaller defined waistline (usually about 10”” between your waist and bust/hips). Your calves are shapely.

When you gain weight, you gain it evenly throughout your shape. The dressing goal if you are an hourglass to play up your vuluptuous figure, but still be proportioned.


Fitted dresses will accentuate your curves, show off your waist and play up your very feminine figure. A wrap dress is perfect because it is stretchy and follows the curvy lines of your body.

Dresses need to be fitted, not loose and flowing. Wearing a belt shows off your tiny waist is a great way to dress over 40 when you have an hourglass shape.


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Sexy Sofia Vergara is known for her hourglass figure


Pencil skirts that  taper in will show off your sexy body, and a great belt will highlight your enviable waistline. A-line skirts will conceal a round bottom and full hips.


Choose straight leg or boot-cuts slightly flared bottoms to balance you out.

Baggy pants make you look rounder and heavier than you are, so wear fitted pants with some stretch to flatter your curves.


Choose simple, smooth, tops in soft, stretchy materials.  High neck, loose or  bulky sweaters make you look heavy. Go for body skimming finer knits instead. Soft fitted blouses and shirts with open necklines are fab on you.


Choose a jacket that is fitted, not boxy. It must nip in at your waist.

Jackets that hit above or below your behind are best as they emphasize your waist. When a jacket ends at the rear, it makes your already full rear look bigger.


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Colors/PrintsYou’ll look great in a solid color head to toe because you’ll create a nice long, lean line against which to show off your hourglass shape. 

You can also wear light on the top and dark on the bottom or the other way around depending on what you are making your focal point. The eye will go to the light or bright area, not the dark one.

Are you starting to get a better understanding of how to dress over 40 if you are an hourglass shape? Want to learn more about the styles of clothing will work best for your body type?

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  1. Tailored shirts are a must if you have a big difference between under-bust and bust. The gaping/loose waist drove me crazy, so I bought some custom ones from Tailor Store. XD If you want to dress formally, a made-to-measure corset can never go wrong. Vintage 50’s dresses are often cut with hourglass measurements, too.

  2. Thanks for the great tips. Do you think this body shape is the most accepted these days or people prefer skinny bodies?

    • I think both. Not sickly skinny, though. Of course, they can be both at the same time. One of my friends measures 36-24-37. XD

  3. Veronica says:

    I, too, am short-waisted with an hourglass figure. I find it nearly impossible to find dresses that fit properly. Would love to hear any advice you might have to dress a short-waisted woman.

  4. Janice Burres says:

    What if we have an hourglass figure but are petite and shortwaisted?

  5. Wanda Jollymore says:

    Exactly what I do to look and feel my best in my clothes. Thanks for the affirmation. Great tips.

  6. Having a lifetime of experience dressing this body, I can attest to the validity of your tips! I found your lovely and insightful blog through gorgeous Annette’s blog…Lady of Style.