The Full Hour Glass
To determine if you are a Full Hourglass Body shape, look at yourself in the mirror in your underwear. Stand with your legs together and your arms a bit away from your sides. Examine the area from under your arms, past your bust and ribcage, over your waist and hips to the fullest part of your thighs. Then compare yourself to the image and review the questions and characteristics below. We suggest you look at all the body shapes to find your closest match.
BODY SHAPE STYLE ADVICE
- Feel most comfortable in more fitted styles?
- Find that a straight skirt rises up?
- Find that waistbands are often too large?
- Wear a slightly larger size on top to accommodate your bust?
YOUR BUILD IS CHARACTERISED BY:
- Bigger thighs
- A rounded bottom and hips
- A small waist
- A full bust
OTHER BODY SHAPE TENDENCIES
If you have gained or lost weight many times your body shape can change into another one. Read below to see what other body shape tendencies you might have
- A leaner body around your bust, hips and tummy might point you to a neat hourglass shape
- Extra weight around your hips can make you lean towards a pear shape
- Extra weight around your waist can make you lean towards an apple body shape
GENERAL RULES FOR YOUR BODY SHAPE AND HOW TO CREATE VISUAL BALANCE:
Follow your bodyline - avoid details around bust, tummy and hips. Keep detail in top and lower thirds.
- You need to wear shaped and fitted lines in order to follow your body line, but avoid bulk and volume around your feminine curves
- Wear a good supporting bra that will lift your bust and give you a more defined waist
- Bring attention to your shoulders and neckline. Wear designs that bring the eye to the centre by wearing wider and lower necklines
- Extend the shoulder past the thickest part of the arms
YOU SHOULD AVOID:
- Straight shapes that hide your waist
- Fussy styles and details that create additional volume around your bust, tummy, thighs e.g. dropped sleeve lines, pleats, high-waisted styles, hip pockets
- High necklines that cover up your cleavage and décolleté e.g. turtle neck
- Boxy jackets, or double breasted styles, narrowing leg lines or wide/short sleeves which finish near your bust
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