Body shapes – Neat Hourglass

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I’m currently developing an online course about how to dress your body and I want to make it as useful as possible! If there is something that bothers you when it comes to your body shape and you want the issue addressed, you can vent your frustrations here.

Having a neat hourglass body shape means that you have a balanced body with a defined waist (usually 30cm or 12 inches smaller than the hips), defined bust, neat bottom and hips. The size of the shoulders (not bust) and hips is relatively the same. This shape varies from quite skinny (like Megan Fox) to quite fleshy (like Marilyn or Beyoncé).

This body shape may also be called as an X body shape.

Celebrities who posses this body type:

Salma Hayek, Scarlett Johansson, Megan Fox, Jessica Biel.

neat hourglass body type

The hourglass body shape is considered as the most ideal and desirable shape. If you possess it you are lucky. You can wear basically anything and your shape is an asset, so show it off.

How? Follow the recommendations below:

– Wear clothes that define your waist, enhance your bust and highlights your hips and bottom. Tailored outfits are the best thing for the hourglass figure, as they accentuate natural curves. Whether it’s t-shirts, blouses, or jackets, they should all be fitted at the waist and hug your curves.

– Choose fabrics that are light to medium in weight and texture. It’s best to stick to knits, cotton, linen, wool crepe, all jerseys and silk blends. These materials drape and skim curves and accentuate your shape without bulk. Stiff fabrics stick out from the body and make proportions seem boxy.

If you are satisfied with your curves and body, willing to show them off, and have balanced vertical proportions (long/short waist/rise/legs/neck), you can choose following clothing lines:

neat hourglass body shape jackets coats

If your shape is more like Marilyn’s be careful with safari jackets, as the pockets may add extra volume to your body.


neat hourglass body shape tops


neat hourglass body shape dresses


neat hourglass body shape skirts


neat hourglass body shape bottoms

Things to take into consideration:

Palazzo – avoid the very wide styles if you are short legged, or try them with high waist line. These looks best when the whole feet and heels are covered.

Skinny – if you have hips more like Marilyn or Beyoncé the contrast between slim ankles and hip may make the latter look bigger and heavier. In this case, try to add some volume to the ankles. For example, ankle boots.

Cropped – make sure these finish at a narrow point on your calf, unless you have thin calves and want them to look bigger.

Culottes – follow tips of width as palazzo and length as cropped

Be careful with the following garments as they will hide your waist and may give an illusion of a few extra kilos/pounds being carried.

neat hourglass body shape

It doesn’t mean that you can’t wear them. Just be conscious of your choices. When you wish to downplay your curves, show off your other slim parts like wrists, neck, ankles, and legs.

Remember that these recommendations are for average neat hourglass. We are all unique with different proportion, colours, style personalities and so on, that need to be considered.

To be honest, I think that this approach to dressing is quite dated.. I described what I do instead in this post:
How to determine your body shape and proportions.

You may also want to read this post:
5 Reasons Why You Don’t Need to Know Your Body Shape

If you have any questions, please comment below.

If you need help defining your body shape and finding the right clothes, then a personal online consultation might be interesting for you 👇

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  1. Hi, I don’t know what my shape is. Shoulders-36″
    Am I an hourglass or a ruler? Some websites say hourglass and some say straight so I’m confused.

  2. Shoulders-33in, waist-26in and my hips are 34in. (at the widest point) what body would I be? I really don’t know.

    1. Hi! Thank you for coming by! It seem like you have an hourglass body, but as I said at the beginning of the post, I don’t find this knowledge helpful anymore. :)

    2. You’re a neat hourglass.
      Your shoulders and hips are about the same size, and your waist is small.