Dresses for Hourglass Figures

Dresses for Hourglass Figures


If you've got curves, the right dresses for hourglass figures will show them off perfectly. An hourglass shape is one with a defined waistline, and hips and bust that are equal in size. The curvy figure can wear glamorous or conservative dresses with ease, but it's important to know what type to purchase. Women with hourglass figures look phenomenal in wrap dresses that cinch at the waist, like this red one.

Saucy and Stylish


Feeling saucy? Never underestimate the power of a belt. It creates a polished silhouette and allows your curvy shape to really stand out. Form-fitting styles like these are best reserved for evenings out.

Flaunt What You've Got


Don't be afraid to flaunt what you've got. Choose a dress with a deep V-neckline to reveal just a hint of cleavage, but opt for a dress with a fuller skirt to balance your look. Conversely, if you're showing lots of leg, opt for a dress with a higher cut neckline.

Marvelous Maxi Dresses


Curvy gals can wear maxi dresses, too. Try one like this, which features a high waist and deep V-neckline and gives way to a long, flowing skirt with some shape.

Round Necklines Work


Avoid high necklines, which can have a boxy effect. If you prefer round necklines to V shapes, try something that falls right above your cleavage. A flattering A-line skirt accents this modest look.

Don't Forget the LBD


The little black dress is something women of all shapes and sizes can wear. With its low cut neckline and full skirt, this one accentuates the waist and plays up your upper half while minimizing full hips.

Appropriate Office Wear


The office is no place for low cut necklines or full, flared skirts.` Fortunately, there is no dearth of sleek knit dresses designed with fitted waists. With or without a belt, a sheath is a great choice for the way it closely skims over curves without being snug. Top it off with a cropped or cinched jacket if you need an extra layer.

Playful Charm


Hourglass figures also look great in playful cuts that take their inspiration from decades past. This '50s-esque party dress features a demure polka dot print, which is perfect for a curvy figure - it won't overwhelm your frame, and it breaks up at the waist with a wide, dark belt. A style like this negotiates curves beautifully, and will turn heads with its diminutive charm.

Need some more tips on filling your closet? Check out our ideas on how to dress an hourglass shape.

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