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Female Body Shapes: The Hourglass Woman

Marilyn Monroe

Last week, I wrote about The Ballerina Woman so today is all about the curves. The hourglass, curvy shape dominated the 1950s thanks to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield. This shape is still very much in vogue today, thanks to the likes of Kim Kardashian, Salma Hayek, Kelly Brook, Scarlett Johansson and many others, rocking this very sexy shape.

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An Hourglass Woman has a star shape that is defined by matching measurements for the bust and hips, and a small waist in between, usually 10 inches smaller! This shape is the most feminine shape of all and if you are blessed with this volumptious figure, you should dress it smartly with the right pieces and not try to hide it.  The hourglass shape is almost too sexy with full hips, bust, thighs and a tiny waist, but like every other shape, there are Dos and Donts; here they are:

DOs

  • Accessorise your outfit with a waist belt for definition. Show off your assets.
  • Go for low-cut necklines to show off your cleavage.
  • Big prom dresses, stilettos, petticoats are must-haves.
  • Go for pencil skirts, dresses, rompers and jumpsuits to show off your fabulous proportions and tiny waist.
  • When buying pieces, go for sheer, soft, clingy fabrics to show off your curves.

Hourglass shape

 

DONTs

  • Avoid minis, you will look trashy.
  • Avoid baggy/saggy clothes, they hide your curves, you need to show them off.
  • Avoid buying pieces designed with stiff, bulky fabrics as they tend to hide the curves.
  • Avoid pieces with high necklines like turtlenecks as they draw attention away from your most important asset – the waist.
  • Avoid going overboard with the accessoires, let the attention be on the shape, keep everything else simple.

I hope my well endowed women find this post useful. I also hope you have learnt a thing or two from it. Keep the curves alive, show off your most envied assets. Thanks for reading and do leave me a comment.

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Top 50 Fashion & Style Quotes

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Coco Chanel
1. ‘Walk like you have three men walking behind you.’ – Oscar de la Renta
2. ‘Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.’ – Marilyn Monroe
3. ‘In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.’ – Coco Chanel

4. ‘Fashions fade, style is eternal.’ – Yves Saint Laurent

5. ‘One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress.’ – Karl Lagerfeld

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Marilyn Monroe
6. ‘Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.’ – Bo Derek
7. Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.’ – Audrey Hepburn8. So soon as a fashion is Universal, it is out of date.’ – Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

9. ‘I like being a woman, even in a man’s world. After all, men can’t wear dresses, but we can wear the pants.’ – Whitney Houston

10. ‘Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.’ – Coco Chanel

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Audrey Hepburn
11. ‘Fashion is so close in revealing a person’s inner feelings and everybody seems to hate to lay claim to vanity so people tend to push it away. It’s really too close to the quick of the soul.’ – Stella Blum
12. ‘I like my money right where I can see it: hanging in my closet.’ – Carrie Bradshaw
13. ‘The hardest thing in fashion is not to be known for a logo, but to be known for a silhouette.’ Giambattista Valli

14. ‘If you can’t be better than your competition, just dress better.’ Anna Wintour

15. ‘The fashionable woman wears clothes. The clothes don’t wear her.’ – Mary Quant

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Anna Wintour
16. ‘Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves and, of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys they’d just walk around naked at all times.’ – Betsey Johnson
17. ‘Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.’ – Lauren Hutton
18. ‘Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than to merely keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us.’ – Virginia Woolf

19. ‘The difference between style and fashion is quality.’ – Giorgio Armani

20. ‘You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.’ – Christian Dior

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Yves Saint Laurent
21. ‘Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.’ – Gianni Versace
22. A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.’ – Coco Chanel
23. ‘I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.’ – Lady Gaga

24. ‘I lost 200lb to wear suits by Hedi Slimane’ – Karl Lagerfeld

25. ‘Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.’ – Alexander Wang

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Karl Lagerfeld
26. ‘When I design and wonder what the point is, I think of someone having a bad time in their life. Maybe they are sad and they wake up and put on something I have made and it makes them feel just a bit better. So, in that sense, fashion is a little help in the life of a person. But only a little.’ – Miuccia Prada
27. ‘Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.’ – Rachel Zoe
28. ‘Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.’ – Alexander McQueen

29. ‘About half my designs are controlled fantasy, 15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs.’ – Manolo Blahnik

30. ‘The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.’ – Audrey Hepburn

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Gianni Versace
31. ‘You cannot fake chic but you can be chic and fake fur.’ – Karl Lagerfeld
32. ‘The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.’ – Diana Vreeland
33. ‘Style is when they’re running you out-of-town and you make it look like you’re leading the parade.’ – William Battie

34. ‘I don’t design clothes. I design dreams.’ – Ralph Lauren

35. ‘Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.’ – Oscar Wilde

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Mary Quant
36. ‘To me, clothing is a form of self-expression – there are hints about who you are in what you wear.’ – Marc Jacobs
37. ‘Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.’ – Orson Welles
38. ‘I don’t do fashion. I am fashion.’ – Coco Chanel

39. ‘Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.’ – Yves Saint Laurent

40. ‘A woman’s dress should be a like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.’ – Sophia Loren

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Marc Jacobs
41. ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.’ – Leonardo da Vinci
42. ‘I can’t concentrate in flats.’ – Victoria Beckham
43. ‘Men tell me that I’ve saved their marriages. It costs them a fortune in shoes, but it’s cheaper than a divorce’ – Manolo Blahnik.

44. ‘If I can have any impact, I want women to feel good about themselves and have fun with fashion’ – Michelle Obama

45. ‘Clothes aren’t going to change the world, the women who wear them will’ – Anne Klein

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Michelle Obama
46. ‘When in doubt, wear red.’ Bill Blass
47. ‘Fashion is instant language.’ Miuccia Prada
48. ‘Beauty is power, a smile is its sword.’ Charles Reade

49. ‘Delete the negative; accentuate the positive!’ – Donna Karan

50. ‘Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.’ – Edna Woolman Chase

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Victoria Beckham

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