I’m having a reminisce over some favourite blog posts that I made last year when I had a photographer’s help and a good camera haha! If you want to look up any of those posts, I’ll include the links below.
I’m having a reminisce over some favourite blog posts that I made last year when I had a photographer’s help and a good camera haha! If you want to look up any of those posts, I’ll include the links below.
These photos were taken indoors on a dark evening so the lighting was awful to start with. I’ve brightened them as much as I can in photoshop but lost a lot of quality on the way – but let’s just pretend they’re ok and carry on as friends would 😛
One day I promise I’ll invest in a good camera, tripod and lighting but that day is not today sadly xD.
ANYWAY I need to get on with the post! I really enjoyed chilling in this outfit. The gorgeous super comfy cotton trousers are from Quiksilver years ago (now Roxy clothing I believe). I bought them after seeing this awesome promotional photo of a girl sitting in the side door of a VW camper van, with her grey t-shirt and beige chinos, ankles rolled up and some sweet Converse sneakers on. It all looked so chill and cool that I totally bought into it.
Here’s me in my house. Working on the VW camper van for now. I’m sure I’ll get there….eventually….xD
I paired the chinos with a boxy cropped t-shirt from K-mart NZ. Similar chinos are available here by the way. The garments are all boxy and straight which adds to the slightly masculine outline and chilled vibe of this combo. The reason it probably works is that the shoulder-widening cap sleeves balance the hips nicely, the scoop neck of the tee shows a slim neckline. The skin on show – arms, lower waistline and ankles, give the eye three narrow points of reference that make it obvious that there’s a slimmer figure beneath. That’s why I chose a crop for this outfit – it worked better than a boxy full-length tee would.
I love the low-slung waistline of the chinos and the loose but not-too-loose fit. I added a small heel (from my Wearable Heels haul) of about 1.5 inches to lengthen and slim the leg and ankle, and it really helped to have the straps in a lovely nude colour to achieve this (plus it went with the beige chinos really well).
Speak to you soon xx
Georgina Rodriguez is currently best known for being football player Ronaldo’s girlfriend and baby mama. She’s a beautiful, 22 year old Spaniard who is now a mum to two baby twins. I’m going to do a post on casual style inspo from Georgina as well as this post, but I really loved this casual outfit and think it could work well for an hourglass too. It’s hard to tell from all the photos online if Georgina is an hourglass or not, but I think she has a pretty small waist and balanced upper and lower body proportions.
So that may give you a better idea of how well her outfits might work on you when looking at these inspiration pics.
Anyway! Into the outfit: I just love this sporty outfit, it’s cute and summery and looks super-laid back…but there’s a lot of details she’s covered to make sure she looks incredible and laid back xD. As is always the way with women who look amazing.
Let’s start with the foundations laid for looking amazing wearing this outfit. Her hair is blown-out and straightened to perfection – do you see a hair out of place (before Ronaldo’s arm messes the whole damn thing up)? No. No you don’t.
She has no-make-up make-up on with a very natural, light brown/taupe smokey-eye, mascara/eyeliner/subtle false-lashes (or lash extensions), perfectly manicured brows, foundation and a natural lip (Side note: recently discovered the Nivea Lip Care Fruity Shine in Peachy Shine – oh my life, this is such a good ‘no-makeup’ lip colour it’s my total favourite right now. It has the sheerest coral-pink tint, which adds colour to your lips whilst remaining translucent. It looks like you’ve just licked your lips (plus it smells yum too!). I’ve come to think that translucent is the way forwards for all natural lip looks – Clinique did a range of sheer lippies a while back, called Pop Glaze I think, I’ve not tried them but they could be a good place to look if you like a higher-end sheer lippy.
Anyway, back to Georgina’s look 😀
She’s got a really pretty natural looking manicure here. Also a great tan which may be natural or a spray tan. Also her skin looks well moisturised and in great condition (incidentally so does Ronaldo’s, but that’s a whole other post: ‘how to look more manicured than most women, featuring Ronaldo’).
Also note her cute, minimal stud earrings and necklace, plus surfy bracelets round her wrist. I think a set of surfy armbands/bracelets are an easy outfit upgrade for a casual outfit, which make a difference to the overall look without trying too hard.
Ok, so foundations aside, there’s several things about this outfit that I think make it really flattering. One is the neckline and fit of her t-shirt – it follows the line of her body without being tight-fitting (but tight-fitting would also work with this outfit, especially for emphasising the waist on an hourglass figure) and if you look at the picture below, you’ll see the neckline is a scooped v-neck.
She’s chosen some very sexy mid/high waist tiny denim shorts and tucked her t-shirt in, but what I feel makes the look a bit more wearable is the black top she’s tied round her waist, which covers the back of her thighs right down to her knees. This is a great option for anyone with less than perfect thighs/back of legs (which is about all of us over the age of 12, even including Gwyneth Paltrow *shock horror*).
She’s snuck in a really wearable low-heeled boot which looks urban and cool, is fit for walking on a football pitch to celebrate your footballer-man’s successes, doesn’t look try-hard at all, but lengthens and therefore slims her legs. I estimate the heel is two inches or less, and there may be a little platform effect on the front of the boot, but it all looks very ‘not-heels’ and chill if you didn’t look closely (similar here and here from Milanoo). Every little bit of height helps when you’re showing so much leg. I feel the ankle length boots might make my legs look a bit chunky, but Georgina doesn’t exactly have sparrow legs, she’s got good shapely legs with a little bit of flesh on them, so maybe I could try and make this look work in real life, we’ll see. But I think Georgina has deceptively slim legs, it’s just that this outfit makes them look ‘medium’ rather than ‘thin’ because it would have that effect on the very thinnest legs anyway.
Anyway, more pics below for you to enjoy, hope you like this outfit post and tips on how to look incredible wearing a ‘oh this? I just threw this on’ type of outfit xD.
Hi there! Thanks for popping back to join me for some hourglass inspiration. This is a follow-up to the recent post I did on Kim Kardashian Hits and Misses; in this post is just a bunch of outfits that I really found flattering on her, whether they ought to be or not. They worked for me anyway – see what you think xD. There are unfortunately a couple of sheer tops here but I honestly feel it adds nothing to the outfit, and the look could’ve been just as good if not better without showing off the nips. But I’m sounding like a grandpa now. Let’s stop ranting and look at Kim’s awesome outfits from this year!
Khaki shorts outfit: if you showed me these jean shorts on a hanger, I’d have a seizure trying to picture how bad they would look on an hourglass shape. So much everyones-mum-in-the-eighties imagery going on…
But I think KK is pulling this off due to the tight top, and length/slightly A-line cut of the jean shorts, and the presence of some awesome heels. Hmm. I’m not sure I’d go there myself, but she’s doing ok with this….*shrug*
Bustier and tailored trousers look above – what’s not to like? It’s elegant, everything is tailored to perfection to her body, the fabric on the trousers looks like it drapes like nobodies business. An hourglass always tends to suit a bustier/corset style top (although most women also do, not sure it’s an hourglass thing per se) but we stand to benefit the most due to small waists, tight fitting top plus or minus big boobs.
I really like this simple stretchy dress – the colour is perfect against her dark hair and tan; the square neckline is flattering, and the tight fit of everything just serves to enhance her beautiful figure. Of note, I think she has control wear under this dress, there’s a little indent on the thigh which suggests this to me, so don’t be afraid to invest and wear control underwear even on casual days.
Joggers and white tank top; I really like this look on her – I mean, the grey marl sweatpants don’t exactly minimise the butt and hips, but the tight tank top seems to allow for the sins of the sweatpants quite easily. I’m definitely going to try this look out – the comfiness of the joggers is calling to my soul. These photos were taken on two different days with (I think) two different joggers and sneakers (the right hand joggers (sweatpants) have a tie-cord and the shoes are flat soled). I think I prefer the right side look overall, which may be down to the slightly different details, or may just be the angle of the photos.
Swimsuit and jeans look above: an easy, comfy outfit that looks great. The square, low cut neckline is extremely flattering and I like the optical illusion the colour blocked sides of the swimsuit provide, making her waist look even smaller. Her jeans are mid-rise which leaves plenty of room for her torso in this outfit. Perfect proportions.
Purple outfit above: sorry about the nips in this photo, but the outfit is just amaaaaaazing! I love the toning colours, the tight fitting high neck top is somehow working (actually, it may be working better because the sheerness adds some ‘features’ to the upper body rather than being a high-necked elongated bulky blob). Personally I feel a half sheer sweetheart neck top would have the same effect (sheer over the neckline, opaque over the boobs). Anyway, the high waist trousers tucked into high boots is really working – I think what’s happened is that her proportions have remained in balance, but just shifted up. The high neckline, the high waist, the high ankle-line. But I really like the way she’s tucked in her trousers. The puffa jacket is meh to me, but in this picture I must admit it looks pretty damn cool.
Ok that’s all for now, hope you enjoyed analysing why Kim’s casual outfits are working so well on her figure, and that you can apply this to your own wardrobe! Have a great week ❤
Ok this is another of my recent series of OOTDs which show you what I’ve been wearing lately; the outfits have been admittedly more ‘smart hourglass’ than casual. I’ll get back to my remit soon, I promise. Maybe I’ll try arrange some hauls of certain casual brands and see how well their clothes fit on a curvy frame.
Anyway, back to todays outfit: this was from Milanoo.com over a year ago, and I’ve gotten a few wears out of it. Milanoo is a cheap and cheerful website, I think they ship from China, it is legit but I do find the quality is variable, usually cheap quality. They sell everything, including clothes and shoes. If you ever want a fancy dress outfit or dress up wig, this is absolutely the place to go! However I saw this dress in the women’s clothing pages and wanted to try it as I loved the idea and the styling on the model, and it turned out it’s really nice quality PU leather – most people think the dress is real leather close-up and I’d be hard pressed to tell the difference myself. I’m not sure how well that comes across in the photos however.
So this is a size large, as it’s in super petite Asian sizing. I’m normally a size 8 in UK/NZ sizes. It is fully lined, and zips up at the back. It’s extremely comfortable and warm. You will see that the waistline is pulled upwards by the fact that it’s not designed for a full bust, but a waist tie is provided and I feel like this enables me to compensate for the altered waistline.
I tend to pair the round neckline with a fluffy scarf as it adds to the slightly 1940’s feel of the outfit, and matches my skintone more easily than chartreuse which I find a bit hard to pull off right next to my face. I also add thick black eyeliner, pearl earrings, a pair of black court shoes and a structured black handbag. Normally I’d have my hair curled at the ends too (max out that retro vibe!) but I was trying to do a lot of outfit photo’s at once back in mid-October to update you all on my smart outfits. So forgive the slightly thrown together feel of these photos xD
Anyway, hope you enjoyed this outfit post! This shape and length of dress is great for a work outfit for an hourglass, it tends to flatter all the right parts of your figure. I feel that a leather/leatherette dress is easier to wear in a softer colour than black, and the length and style needs to be quite conservative. Here’s a useful article I found on GlamRadar as I was looking for good examples of leather dresses, about how to wear a leather dress.
The beautiful Kim is an absolute hourglass icon – she works hard to maintain her figure, is always immaculately put-together and the work she puts in pays off. I also applaud her as a businesswoman, because regardless of whether one likes or dislikes her self-branding, she knows how to create and sell a product. It’s not always apparent how much work goes into the whole Kim Kardashian brand as a whole, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out she works some pretty long days, being a mum of two also.
Now I’m not a fan of anything close to public nudity, and I firmly believe that the most powerful people tend to wear the most clothes – think of top CEO’s, politicians, etc – whereas semi-nudity only gives pseudo-power via exploiting people’s base instincts. I’d rather earn dignity and respect as a woman than have a limited power over people’s sexuality.
So anyway, I’ve overlooked the obviously sheer outfits of Kim’s, as they’re not my cup of tea, and I’ve stuck with the more day-to-day wearable styles that we could translate into our own wardrobes.
HIT #1: The boss woman outfit
Worn to a recent Forbes summit, this Jean Paul Gaultier suit is an absolute win for Kim K. There are many features which make it work but the key standout elements are the waist fit and importantly the shoulder-squaring effect of the shoulder pads. Check out this outfit on Carli Bybel below and note how much awesomer her jacket looks due to the shoulders:
Anyway I digress: but never underestimate the value of a good shoulder line and a good waistline in the same garment. The length of the jacket, it’s deep V neck and close fit all contribute extra fit points, and the way the trousers fit her thighs to the knee, then softly flare out, covering her heels is a great way to elongate the silhouette.
MISS #1: The shapeless checked shirt
You probably knew I’d be against this from the start, didn’t you? Well I am. Where’s the waist in here? Haha no in fact, it was a bit of a tough one because I secretly really like this laid back look, which doesn’t pay any heed to flattering the figure. I’d probably still wear this type of thing, but I just wouldn’t expect to look great in it. The trousers I find a bit naff – I mean she wears them well but it’s Kim. On the plus point, the shoes are beautiful. I also like the lip ring and long straight hair combo, it looks pretty rock and roll overall.
HIT #2: the classic white tee and jeans
I think this is a shot from a Vogue edition, I’m not sure how recent it is. But I love the instagrammy SoCal feel. I absolutely adore this combination on Kim, and I know it’s nothing groundbreaking but once you get all the elements right for your figure, you’ll literally wear this a million times and look amazing each time you do so. The white T has a great neckline to minimise the boob area; the shoulder-line is broadened by the cut of the mini-sleeve things – this balances out her hips. The pocket on the Tee is quite low on her boob so it minimises the bust, just like low-placed butt pockets do for your butt. The Tee follows the line of her waist without clinging to it; the length of the Tee is right on the hip which is perfect for the hourglass figure. The jeans I can’t detect any particular features that make them look great other than they fit really well and she has great legs. But I think the understated but significant platform heels lengthens and slims out the look – with flats she would look equally good but I feel you’d notice the width of her body more (she’s petite, and we petite ones look wider than you tall ones do dammit) :D. Lastly as always, Kim’s hair and makeup and tan are perfect, and I swear if you just did these three things every day, you could practically wear anything and look great.
MISS #2: black oversized puffa jacket
I think overall I have to give this a MISS rating because it makes her look shorter and generally wider than she is. Yes I also love this look like the rocky ‘miss’ above, because there’s something that resonates deeply with me about this ‘I’m not trying’ ‘I’m beyond comfortable in this’ ‘I’m impressing no-one’ type of look. Her Keds are sweet, her hair and sunglasses together look sweet. But she looks somewhat matronly with the high neck sweater, heavy bust, and wide hips. Proceed with caution, and only deploy this look on ‘meh screw it’ days.
HIT #3: hoodie and jeans look
Hmm I think I’m probably just proving to myself that I like hourglass figures better in heels than in flats in this outfit-judging exercise. But I like this look more not only for the heels, but because the hoodie fits much more closely than the ‘miss’ looks above. This is such a cool hoody – fluted sleeves, rounded waistband, amazing fit. I think it’s by the brand Vetements (link to SSense site) for a hefty $600. Her skinny jeans stick to her lower half and the heels lengthen her look.
“MISS” #3: oversized sweater
Ok I’m just going to say it – I flaming love this look on her, look how cute and sweet she looks against it’s massive swathes of fabric. No, technically it does absolutely nothing for her figure, but I’d enjoy wearing this at home or just on ‘meh screw it’ days. I love that she keeps it feminine by having good hair, makeup, nails and jewellery (ring). But I’ve labelled this a ‘miss’ because I’m slightly struggling to find misses that don’t involve visible nipples and stuff. Shrug.
I’ll leave it there for this post, as it’s getting a bit long. But I’ll do a part 2 with some of the hits that I haven’t been able to fit in here today.
Have a great week xx
WHO ELSE BUT MINKA?! I’m on a total roll with the beautiful Minka since discovering how much internet photoage there exists of her casual outfits. Not sure if that’s just due to outfits from shows she acts in (and gets incidentally photographed in too) – but whatevs, if the casual outfits are the work of a stylist, all the better!
Anyway, the topic in hand today, my beautiful readers, is autumn and winter style inspiration. So I’ve curated a little gallery of wintery outfits that I loved on Minka and felt she was really knocking the ball out of the park with these. Of note, I think Minka is a bit of a template dresser – you’ll see if you google her that her summer outfits often feature tight black tank top with loose lower half clothing like trousers or long skirts; then there’s the jeans and grey t-shirt template which works well on her; and for winter, I think she has a few shapes she tends to follow. Personally I’m beginning to think this is absolutely essential for an hourglass for her casual outfit wardrobe – stick to the shapes and styles that suit you, and just change up the colours, fabrics and accessories for variety.
Hope you really enjoy and get some awesome inspiration from these pictures*. See you next time! ❤
*I don’t claim any ownership of photos.
I adore this outfit and wear it all the time to work. It manages to look put-together but is actually ridiculously practical – I don’t have to make sure my neckline is hoiked up, or my hemline is hoiked down, and I can (should I wish to :P) lunge, stretch and twist without being overly revealing. There would be a problem if I tried to cartwheel but now I’m just thinking of exceptions to disprove my own initial assertions…why brain, why? Anyway, back to Planet Earth. I love this outfit, and I love the little nod to the 1950’s with the full skirt and retro-geometric print. Incidentally, I noticed recently that Eva Mendes has been looking very 1950’s-esque with the designs for her clothing line – very put together and ladylike. I’ll pop some example photos at the end of this post if I remember, but I’ve been loving the styling and photoshoots of her lately and finding a lot of inspiration for elegant put-together outfits which are my favourite.
Both pieces are by Louche London, and are both in size 8/XS. With a skirt like this, the only fit that counts of course is the waist. This size sits comfortably on my waist, with an inch or two to spare for after lunch poochiness.
I tend to wear this outfit with some basic suedette courts from Marks and Spencer’s and a smart structured handbag.
These exact items I don’t think are on sale any more, but have a look at the other gorgeous vintage style offerings by Louche London here. They appear to sell via Asos also.
And here’s some gorgeous lady-like fashion from Eva Mendes:
Wishing you love and happiness for whatever you have to face this week ❤
Okay first things first: we’re not interested in pulling down ANY woman’s appearance here. Minka Kelly is absolutely stunning and could wear a black binliner and still be a total 10/10. That being said, I’m going to scrutinise a handful of her casual outfits today and see what really worked well with her curves and what was less perfect for her figure. It’s not easy to find ‘miss’ outfits as she’s one of those rare people who seem to have learned to work with what she’s got!
None of these photos are my property by the way, they are snaps off the internet.
Hit: black tank, jeans and Ugg boots
I think this really works well on her. I’ll break down why. The black top has a scoop neckline that minimises her boobs and makes her upper body look relatively petite; the racer back cut of the straps look amazing against square mesomorph (=hourglass) shoulders. The length of the top goes down to just on her hip which works because she has relatively long legs for her height, which is typical of many hourglasses; lastly, the top is loose but not voluminous so you can still see she has a narrow waist. For the jeans, they are flattering due to the dark colour of the denim minimising volume in her legs, they’re tight so you can see her hourglass shape, and the butt pocket sits low which from behind will make your butt look minimised and lifted. It always surprises me when cutting the leg off at a 3/4 length (like Minka has done here) work on an hourglass, as I’d assume we’d need to lengthen legs with heels, not shorten them. But I often find this tucked-in-to-mid-shin-boots look works on me too. Maybe it’s because as I mentioned above, we can often have proportionally long legs because our short waist condenses the torso area down compared to the legs. Anyway, it’s totally working proportionally, and I have no idea where Ugg boots stand in the fashion world right now, but I have a feeling they’re one of those perennial items like Converse that will come out every winter, so I’m still wearing mine – they’re like heaven for feet. Lastly, I like how she’s thrown a taupe leather jacket over this combo with the cool added touch of scrunched up sleeves.
Miss: Low slung boyfriend jeans and floaty top
Okay, I really like the delicate jewellery, hair/make-up style, colours, nails and I LOVE the aviator shades, they really suit her face. I think the white top and low jeans mess up the body proportions too much for me: we lose any sign of her waist (although I feel if the jeans were tight, we could get away with the cute white tank more easily). I think if the jeans were full length instead of rolled up, or if the white tank was tight so at least the eye could figure out her legs are not super short and squat, this would’ve worked better.
Hit: baggy tie-dye trousers and fitted tank top
Whilst this look hails back to the days of All Saints when I was a kid, I still think it looks current and very laid-back-cool on Minka. The deep scoop neck and delicate straps of the tank, plus the way it sticks to her waist is really flattering, as well as that magic ‘just to the hip’ length. Her torso looks super petite here, and that stops the trousers making this outfit too widening. I love the low-slung and loose-billowy effect of the trousers, the ankle tie is cool but would work well untied also. Having volume on the lower half of an hourglass figure seems to work well as long as the waist is respected. The cut of these trousers is not too ‘hareem’ style which means the legs aren’t shortened too much. Can we just…..her nailsbagandtoesallmatch….love…. Anyway, this outfit would be fab for summer, and I’m always looking for this sort of thing because I don’t always like my legs on show, especially if they’re swollen and heavy in the heat.
Miss: tulip-skirt summer dress and Ugg boots
With all the ‘misses’ I found on the web, I had a distinct feeling they only happened because Minka didn’t give a crap about looking awesome that day. She’s like the Chuck Norris of casual hourglass style – she only looks 9.99/10 instead of 10/10 when she damn well chooses to. Anyway, this dress takes me back to a tulip skirt I used to own, and it looked about the same on me – too voluminous around the hips and belly, and over-emphasising muscular legs instead of flattering them. This skirt length is not wonderful for hourglasses for some reason, especially those of us with heavier legs. The Ugg boots also cut the legs in yet another place (so, skirt cuts them above the knee, shortening the visual effect, and Uggs cut just above the ankle) so you just have a heavy-looking section of leg in the middle. Other than that, the dainty straps of the top part of the dress and fitted waist are super cute. And there’s nothing wrong with her legs, I actually love them, but she would’ve looked better with some dainty flip-flops or strappy flat sandals here, or even better with a wedge or chunky heeled sandal. Love her hair here, and the dangly earrings.
There’s actually an abundance of awesome Minka Kelly inspo online if you just google ‘Minka Kelly casual’, but I might do a similar ‘Hits and Misses’ post with some other outfits of hers as I feel she’s such a good candidate for us to learn from. Hope this is helpful for giving you some templates for flattering summery outfits! ❤
Just a super quick post here about a lady I spotted a few weeks back who I thought I’d point out to you. Minka Kelly is an American actress and looking at pictures of her I think she’s an hourglass, and if not, she’s a really good icon for casual (and dressy) outfits for a woman with lots of boobs and bum and chunky sexy legs going on. She’s an absolutely stunning woman, and personally I love seeing how women like her dress their curvy bodies, and I love having the hourglass figure represented well in the media. Having someone in the public eye who you can identify with figure-wise and be inspired by is important.
I haven’t had time to curate the most excellent outfits, but instead I’ve taken a sampling of the casual outfits I’ve seen her in online, and she seems to pull off most things, and we can learn from the occasional average outfit she wears. But she has no ‘bad outfit’ setting – the worst you see her in is ‘mildly below 10/10’ xD. Hope you enjoy this inspo post!
Well I love the green-trousers outfit so much, I wanted to take a closer look, so here’s some shots of that outfit 😀
Definitely a fan of that, even with the very loose, billowy top – the sheerness somehow makes it a bit more suitable for an hourglass.
I think I’ll have to do a Minka Kelly Outfit Hits and Misses soon, so we can learn from what works for her and what doesn’t work so well.
Speak to you all soon, have a great weekend!