I’ve compiled a gallery of hourglass celebrities in workout gear for inspiration. These workout outfits are incredibly versatile, so if you are looking for something to wear around Disneyland or for a walking holiday or for going to the gym or other sports event, this type of thing will multitask perfectly. I suggest investing in 2-3 co-ordinating gym outfits and a good pair of trainers (sneakers) that go with all three, and you’ll never feel sloppily dressed when you need an activewear outfit. You’ll see by the following pics that the general principle is to keep your workout gear mostly tight-fitting – an hourglass figure comes into its own when clothes follow the shape of the body. I’ve tried to find links to similar items online in case anyone is interested. But no matter what your budget, good quality workout gear is available from many cheaper stores these days (Walmart USA, ASDA UK, The Warehouse NZ etc) so there’s no need to pull on your fella’s shorts and a baggy old t-shirt to be comfortable any more. The one thing I would make sure you pay money for if you’re working out is a good sports bra. I swear by the Panache Sports Moulded Bra – it’s excellent at keeping the girls in place and minimizing bounce, and has a j-shaped catch on the back straps so you can convert it to a racer back whenever needed. In my opinion it runs slightly small, but have a look at the reviews on Figleaves if you’re after a good sports bra.
So, first up lets look at the ever-gorgeous Halle Berry for some inspo. She tends to keep her sports gear fitted, even when pregnant (see the grey/blue top with black trim below). One thing that strikes me about her is that she’s obviously naturally curvy but she’s always maintained her figure extraordinarily well and has aged well as a result. I’m sure her army of personal trainers and chefs doesn’t hurt but hey-ho….:D
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I like the pop-of-colour t-shirts and note how well the necklines work with a medium/larger bust, despite ensuring her chest is covered up sufficiently.
Here she has gone for a slightly looser jogger-style cropped trouser, but kept the top relatively fitted to avoid looking too sloppy. I find this style and length of jogger tends to work well with slimmer legs like Halle – if you’re carrying more weight, especially on the thighs, this style can add a bit more so be careful on that one and go for black if in doubt.
Next up, one of my faves, Kim Kardashian. She sticks to an all-dark pallette for her workout gear usually and it works well because black is easy and flattering (generally). She will usually stick to fitted top and leggings, but I found a pic of her with bootcut style joggers, and thought that looked pretty cool on her. I’ve included one look that I wasn’t so keen on, for comparison sake, and it’s because her T-shirt is too long (the light brown top below), illustrating that the ideal length T-shirt for an hourglass is likely either just on the hip, or meeting the upper thigh like a micro-mini skirt length.
Next inspiration comes from Kelly Brook, a UK model who is about 5’11 and whose weight can fluctuate quite dramatically. She’s very large chested and although her legs are about the length of my entire body (and I’m just referring to her tibia too…) she still provides great inspiration for what works, and doesn’t work, on an hourglass frame. I think she may be more of what is called a ‘vase’ than an hourglass (basically a longer, sleeker version of an hourglass, according to Trinny and Susanna – bodyshapestyle.com is where I get all my info about body shapes from!) and that means she has a longer waist/midsection than an hourglass. This means high waists and belts will work differently on her than us, but the rest of her outfits are likely relevant.
The first picture above is a promotional shot for Reebok from years ago, but I’ve been obsessed with this picture of her ever since I saw it – she looks phenomenal. Its amazing how similar my hair looks when I workout too (and if you believe that, you’ll believe anything haha – I’m more…erm…drowned rat…shall we say, when I workout!). Below is a couple of looks with hoodies, but I included the grey hoodie because it’s an example of how too loose tops disguise the waist and pack on the pounds visually. Both the colour and cut of the purple top is better.
Last workout inspo lady is the curvy Amber Rose (an American model, actress and fashion designer). She’s apparently 5’8 and has 36HH bust with extremely hourglassy measurements of 42-27-41. Amber’s workout outfits are fairly classic in silhouette, generally featuring close fitting top and leggings. I love the orange hoodie jacket below, would be a great outfit for jogging on a rainy day.
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Below I’ve featured one outfit I’m not keen on – the yellow top/highwaisted cropped leggings combo. I’m not sure why this doesn’t work for me, as I like the highwaisted grey leggings on the left picture. But the higher waist of the black leggings on the right, paired with the sleeved t-shirt seem to heavily over-emphasise her lower half, unless she is just carrying a bit more weight in this picture. As a general rule however, I find that it’s best for high waist to come below the belly button on a shortwaisted figure, and in fact I find on my body that often normal rise waists come up to high-waist level (just on belly button) and low-rise waists sit normally at mid-rise for me.
Anyway, that’s all for this post, hope it’s useful for you to have inspo like this compiled in one handy place. Below are some links to similar items of clothing to those above in case you’re interested. Workout gear is actually not all that difficult for an hourglass figure given that most of it is quite tight, but remember to keep things fairly close fitting (avoiding drapey, baggy tops and joggers) and not too high-waisted for the most flattering silhouette.
Halle Berry outfits
- Under Armour pink top, similar grey leggings, Nike Air Rifts
- Under Armour Red top, brown leggings (similar pair), Nike’s as above.
- Nothing like her top but equally cool (!), dark grey sweater, grey Aasics trainer
- Black jumper, grey cropped joggers
- Similar VS PINK joggers, white racerback tank, Nike’s as above.
Kim Kardashian outfits
- Brown longline vest, black cropped leggings, Sketchers
- Tight black hoodie, grey leggings (hers are a bit more slouchy at the ankle), Nike Air Max
- Zip up navy top (I’ve not bought from this shop before, but it seems to have legit reviews), yoga pants, Nike trainers
Kelly Brook outfits
- White sports bra (Reebok no longer doing 😦 ), black capris, Nike tennis shoe
- Grey tank, grey capris, Nike’s
- Red top, grey capris
- Patterned leggings
*I haven’t got round to finishing this list just now – will be working on it over the next day or so, thanks for your patience*