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T-shirts must always be fitted. Otherwise, follow the rules for casual shirts.
If you’re going to wear a shirt with any kind of embellishment or ruffles or anything then you need to make sure that you’re balancing that out somehow on the bottom.
You already have an hourglass shape, so you don’t need to worry about structure or anything else. You do need to make sure your waist is in. So wear a belt or tuck in your blouse. Also, if you don’t tuck in your blouse, make sure that it’s not landing on your hips and making them appear wider.
Any fitted sweater is going to look great. Be wary of where they fall on your hips to make sure that they aren’t making your hips look wider than the rest of you.
If you go with a wider lapel make sure your jacket sits out from the hips. If you go with a skinnier lapel make sure the blazer sits flat against your hip.
Skirts and Mini Skirts:
Skirts with a higher waist are great for your shape. You can go for any fit of skirt. If you wear a pencil skirt that is cut close to your legs make sure that your top is just as fitted. If you go with a flared skirt then make sure that there is slight flare to your shirt in order to keep your shape balanced.
I DON’T RECOMMEND SKINNY JEANS FOR ANY BODY TYPE.
That being said… mid to high-rise is going to work best. If you’re not going to tuck in your top you need to make sure that your waist is pulled in somehow, whether it be the cut of the shirt or an added belt.
Mid to high-rise jeans are going to be best for your curves to minimize muffin top. Straight leg, wide leg, or bootcut are all good. Just be careful with your tops and balancing your shape. If you wear straight leg pants with a really baggy or ruffly top you will end up looking top-heavy. If you wear wide legs and a tight top you’ll look pear shaped.
I love an hourglass in slouchy, but fitted, pants. Of course, if that’s not your style I would recommend a mid-to-high rise wide or straight leg pant. If you go with a wide leg pant be sure to wear a fitted top and vice versa. You don’t want to look vamp-ish, but you don’t want to look like a potato sack either.
Little Black Dress:
If you want to show off your curves I would pick a LBD that resembles a 50’s wiggle dress – like a sheath dress. If you would like to tame your curves then find a dress that sits on your curves without pulling in at the waist.
You need a romper that is going to keep your shape balanced. If you wear a romper with wide legs, make sure that is also has wide-set straps or a wide neckline to balance out the legs. If you wear a romper with a spaghetti strapped top you can go a little lighter on the shorts, too. If you don’t want to accentuate your curves go without a cinched waist. If you really want to accentuate your curves you can add a belt.
The only thing that you need to worry about if you’re an hourglass shape is keeping your balance. If you’re going for a two-piece be sure to cover as much, or as little, on top as you do on the bottom. If you wear a pattern on top balance that out with a pattern on the bottom. When looking for a one-piece try to find something that pulls in at your waist and, again, covers as much on top as it does on the bottom. If you cover more on top and less on bottom you’ll end up looking like a pear and vice versa if you cover more on the bottom and less on top.