Sunday, April 10, 2011

FASHION FIX; Dressing an hourglass

ONCE MARILYN MONROE represented the classic iconic female shape - generously rounded curves nipped into a neat little wasp waist. Four decades after her death, she is still the world‘s most famous blonde with a body most women would die for; It‘s a good enough reason to ditch that diet and celebrate with a piece of cake. And her generous curves recently topped the list of figures that women would most like to have themselves. In fact two in three yearn for an hourglass ‗in and out‘ figure, a recent survey of 2,000 women found. Curves are in, dahling, and there‘s no denying it. Whether you‘re 16 or 60, it‘s time to love that hourglass shape of yours. 


 Kim Catrell, Dita Von Teese,  Scarlett Johansson and Helen Mirren (who could forget her in that red bikini)  all have one thing in common. Yes, you guessed it, they are all an hourglass shape. If, like these fabulous  women, you also have an hourglass figure, remember that the Key to mastering this particular silhouette is to invest in a belt. Quicker than you can say wasp waist, they will create a curve here and a cinch there.

The skill lies in choosing the one that most flatters your shape.Just one rule applies: don‘t be tempted to wear your belt anywhere but on the waist. Medium to wide belts with oversized buckles will draw attention away from your hips, giving you that nipped in look that‘s so appealing. Finding suitable jeans can be a nightmare because it‘s hard to find styles that fit your tiny waist- but are not painted on to the rest of you. The best solution is to shop for jeans that have flare, boot cut or embellishment at the ankle area. These visual tricks help re-direct attention from the thighs to the lower part of the leg. Just make sure you wear sexy, sassy shoes to add a youthful twist to your look. .


One of the working woman‘s worst quandaries is what to wear to the office. Even though your body just screams 'SEX GODDESS!‘ you still want to present a smart image each day, so it is crucial that your clothes project your more serious side. Remember that you need to look for pieces that fit and flatter your figure, rather than any kind of shape that may swamp it, as this will only make you appear much larger than you actually are.

As an hourglass, you are incredibly lucky because all those pencil skirts and nipped-in jackets really look good only on women with your delicious curves - think Mad Men star Christina Hendricks and you‘ve got the idea! Wear your trousers high and nip them in with a thin patent belt. Think about flat-front, side-zip and pocket less pants, as they minimize your full hips and bottom. .To really work the look - invest in a pencil skirt because there‘s simply nothing like a well-cut skirt to make a girl feel like a lady. High on the waist and tailored neatly over the hips and thighs - the perfect pencil can transform you from ordinary girl to supermodel in an instant.

 STARS such as Salma Hayek, Cate Blanchett, and Catherine Zeta Jones are certainly helping to make the hourglass fashionable again and when they hit the red carpet they certainly know how to turn heads for all the right reasons. Want to know their style secrets? Then read on.
With eveningwear, the trick for those with an hourglass figure is not to hide any part of your figure, but to show it off in all its glory.

Hourglasses should wear fitted clothes that show off their curves, rather than trying to disguise them and the key to looking incredible is that enviable waistline of yours; so always make sure that you choose evening dresses that cinch in your narrowest point. Choose lighter weight fabrics without extra bulk to give you a lean look, so look at silk, lace and chiffon for the ultimate in old school Hollywood Glamour.

Sexy hourglasses look best in a halter style neck-line because this glamorous shape will accentuate your best features and give the illusion of an elongated shoulder line. A two piece ball gown, with strap or strapless, is also well suited to the hour-glass figure, especially if your hips are a little wider. Remember to flaunt your assets but make sure you have ample support. Go for built-in cups or a boned corset dress, which will give you great shape but be careful to avoid shapeless shift or bias-cut gowns, as these styles over accentuate your hour-glass figure and may give the appearance that you hips and bottom are larger than they really are.

The hour glass is reminiscent of the 1950‘s old Hollywood starlets. Mermaid cut gowns are absolutely flattering on a medium to taller body so if you want to turn heads for all the right reasons, this is the ideal shape for you. Finish your look with sleek hair, red talons and ruby red lips to match and you‘ll end up feeling like a million dollars. In the words of movie star Loretta Young:'Like charity, I believe glamour should begin at home.

 "Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress." - Coco Chanel


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