When you are flicking through online catalogs of clothing stores, or shoe stores, take notice of the outfits that look ‘off’ on the model’s figures. By off, I mean like they’re wearing their mum’s clothing, or like their legs or ankles look too skinny, or like their waist looks too boxy. And this is assuming the model has the typical straight/masculine figure with fantastic skinny legs. If the outfit looks off on them, it could look FANTASTIC on an hourglass.
Don’t get lured into buying outfits that look INCREDIBLE on the model’s figure, because she is likely the direct opposite figure to you. What flatters her best are things that play down her waist area and place the focus firmly on her legs. When an outfit obliterates the waist (eg, roomy dropped hem tops) the eye tracks from the shoulders to the hips. In a straight figured, or ectomorph body shape (see pic below) the hips are a narrow area so the model still looks slim – sometimes slimmer than in waist-emphasising outfits. The mesomorph, hourglass shape has it’s widest points at shoulders and hips, therefore obliterating the waist tends to add a few pounds for us. It’s helpful for an hourglass woman to know that most models are an ectomorph body type – see next three pics – so that you take that into account when looking for outfit inspo.
(Above: the straight figures of supermodels Cameron Diaz and Gisele Bundchen – and although I’m using their figures to illustrate the contrast to hourglass figures, let’s just state right here that no woman’s body gets put down here: these women earn millions for their bodies, where as most of us aren’t so…Whilst I prefer curves, there is absolutely no shade on these completely stunning women. Straight-waisted women tend to have amazing legs too).
I’ll briefly use the gorgeous Cameron Diaz as an illustration – she is a classic straight-figured ectomorph with *literally* show-stopping legs. The type of legs I pray to God every night to have. But God wants me to develop my character so I wake up with the legs of a height-impaired wrestler each day. Pahah! Anyway….(back to WWF for me)
Here is an outfit that looks amazing and casual and awesome on former-model, Cameron. This is exactly the type of outfit my casual-wear loving eye is immediately drawn to. I will buy this whole outfit in a second, and later wonder why it makes me look a bit blah. Here we go:
I just love this on her. She is comfortable, laid-back, elegant and looks tall and slim. It must be because she’s a model and is blessed by God?
But look at this outfit:
If you’re an hourglass reading this, you’re probably thinking there is no way that dress would look bad on you (and that’s likely completely true). But it looks as if this supermodel has borrowed her mom’s dress. It looks boring. How about these ones:
Now, I know I’m having to resort to smart clothing to demonstrate my point (because Cameron knows how to flatter her figure in casual wear, plus her figure lends itself more to casual) but still, the smart dresses look either boring or like her mom’s clothes on her.
But look at these – here she’s back on top form and I want to buy the same outfits again (and will conversely look boring and frumpy in them unlike her xD)
The key difference in these outfits seem to be emphasis (or de-emphasis) on waist and legs. Cameron still looks slim and streamlined when her waist is disguised by her outfits. But she doesn’t look so slim when her waist is on show, because there’s no longer an illusion that she has a slim waist hiding under the clothes.
So my tip is to use this idea to shop for hourglass friendly clothes online. When you see a gorgeous ectomorph model look ‘off’ in an outfit, study what it is about the outfit that looks off. It could always be the poor design of the clothes. But more often than not, it’s an A-line skirt, or a waisty dress that would likely look fantastic on a woman who has the curves to fill it out.
Here are some examples, all from the Boohoo skirt section.
Obviously a gorgeous woman, but looks like she’s wearing her big sister’s skirt here, with gangly adolescent legs poking out the bottom of this A-line cord skirt. The line from her waist to her thighs looks like the straight edge of a square.
By contrast, the hourglass woman below has thicker thighs poking out the bottom of her A-line skirt, and looks proportional and pretty with her tiny waist for contrast.
Comparing the two beautiful women wearing the left and right outfits (although I simply prefer the styles on the right anyway, with feminine styling – just to highlight a confounding factor in this example) the straight-figured model on the left looks broad across her waist, and this outfit only emphasises that her chest, waist and hips are a similar width. Whereas on the right, the fact that the similar outfit emphasises her waist is a benefit because the narrow waist contrasts attractively with bigger chest and hips.
Last example from Boohoo:
Two slightly different dresses, but the the hip, waist and leg area on the left model make me think of a gangly junior, versus the full-bodied womanly curves on the right.
The converse is true – when you see an ectomorphic model look amazing in a certain outfit, it is more likely that we hourglasses cannot join in this party*
*and look anywhere near as good.
See the below examples from HoneyBum:
The model on the left has to stick her bum out to emphasise her small/straight curves, but she looks slim, casual and awesome in this jogger and crop set. On the right, despite the model having a great figure, she looks heavy, chunky and drab to me.
Last example for today:
I want to immediately buy the outfit on the right, because she looks fantastic. But I’ll end up looking heavy-legged in those joggers, like the model on the left. Incidentally though, I love that white strappy crop on the model on the left…! These two photos are from Honeybum as well.
Hope that all makes sense and helps you to browse more effectively online!
Love me xx