Hourglass Shape


An hourglass type body shape includes the following general attributes:

  • The width of the bust/shoulders is the same width as the hips, with a defined waist.
  • Therefore the upper and lower body is balanced, creating an “hourglass” shape.
  • One of the things to remember with this body shape is that you don’t have to be a size 8 or 10 to have an hourglass figure.

Wedding dresses which work particularly well for brides with an hourglass figure are those which show off the defined waist and make the most of those curves! So as the body shape is already balanced, with the upper and lower body in symmetry, wedding dress styles which follow the body’s existing shape remain in balance. However, dress styles that increase volume at just the upper body or just the lower body detract from the natural balance.

Sheath dresses are one of the styles that look fabulous on hourglass figures, as they follow the natural shape of the body. Think old school 1930s Hollywood glamour for this style! For example, a wedding dress made up of a slinky sheath satin underlay with an embroidered lace overlay will complement the natural curves of an hourglass type figure without adding volume to either the upper or lower body, thus keeping both halves balanced.

Fishtail silhouettes are another style that really suit an hourglass body shape, as they show off all of your curves. They are designed to fit tightly to the natural curves around the bust, waist, hips, bottom and thighs, then flare out from the knees. Volume is only added to the lowest part of the body, but due to the fact that the rest of the dress is tightly fitted, the figure remains in balance.

Trumpet styles will also show off your curves but to a slightly lesser degree than the Fishtail. Trumpet styles have a softer fit, not fitting as tightly around the bottom and thighs. This style still fits softly around the bust, waist and hips but flares out between the mid hip and the mid thigh.

If you are not after a figure-hugging dress, try an A-Line or a Column style as they show your defined waist without clinging to every curve. They will show off the curves around the bust, nipping in at the waist but skimming over the hips, thighs and bottom. The A-Line will flare out from the waist, whilst the Column dress will hang straight down.

Just as with the other different types of body shape, there are wedding dress styles that do not flatter an hourglass type body shape. This is because you already have a balanced figure (i.e. your top half is the same width as your bottom half) so dress types which add volume to one half only disrupts your naturally balanced look.

Empire line dresses are not particularly flattering for hourglass figures as the waist line is under the bust rather than at the natural waist line. As a result, Empire dresses do not show off the waist, and create unnecessary volume around the stomach area. Ball Gowns are also not as flattering for brides with an hourglass type figure, as they add the bulk to the bottom half of the dress, without any balance on the top.

Brides with hourglass type body shapes look great in Sheath, Fishtail and Trumpet style dresses. Brides who prefer not to have a figure-hugging dress will also look great in an A-Line style wedding dress.

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