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21 Jun

Hourglass Body Shape: Capsule Wardrobe

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How to know if you have an Hourglass Body Shape?

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  • You are naturally on a curvy side
  • Waist is very well defined and it reminds you of an hourglass
  • Your top and bottom are almost even (for example: 90-60-90, although your proportions could be other)
  • If any of your body parts are disproportional apparently you are not an hourglass

I have a whole long explanation of what is inverted triangle body shape and what you need to wear in general. If you have any doubts about whether you are an apple shape or any other, please visit this article and get acquainted with additional styling information. This is all to help you know your body better and get a higher sense of fashion.

Hourglass Body Shape: Capsule Wardrobe – What is it?

capsule wardrobe is a set of basic clothes that suit any of the other pieces that you have. Whenever you have no time – you need to have a “capsule wardrobe” that will always look good on you. This capsule wardrobe will be your “saver” at any time and situation in life.

Capsule wardrobe is suitable for:

  1. Office/Work outfit
  2. Casual outfit
  3. Going Shopping outfit
  4. Night Out outfit
  5. Birthday/Party Outfit

Can you imagine that all these outfits can be pieces of one capsule wardrobe that does not need to be huge and take all of the free space! I love minimalism, so as a personal stylist, this is why I highly recommend a personalized capsule wardrobe for your apple body shape! It’s just a must when it comes to the question “Oh, where do I begin”?

Tops for an Hourglass Body Shape

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All good basics always start with a white button-up shirt and a basic white T-shirt. In this regard, we need to think about quality! We do remember that 100% cotton, mulberry silk, and linen are the best choice when it comes to letting your skin breathe and feel good.

The goal of your body type is to emphasize your hourglass type of figure. Your body type is automatically an asset! You need to work mostly on making it look more beautiful and emphasized enough. So that you could easily achieve that you need to pay close attention to your assets and conceal your disadvantages.

In order to stress upon your treasure you’d better choose these types tops:

  • Wrap tops
  • Peplum blouses
  • Tops with a lot of room in the chest area
  • V-neck, round neck or boat neck

Pay attention to your waistline. Your body type is known for the waist that is very defined. You need to go in the direction of stressing upon the waist. I’d suggest a belt, accessories, scarf that can create a vision of a well-defined center.

Avoid colors that are not a part of a capsule wardrobe like neon shades. Do not mix bright colored items with other bright colors. In order to go the right way here, choose only 1 (preferably for the top). One piece of the garment needs to be bright and the other one from the peaceful (pastel) color shade.

Jeans (Trousers) for an Hourglass Body Shape

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Your capsule needs to have at least 1 pair of the best possible pants you can think of. These jeans or trousers have to suit any occasion even if you have to to the wedding (I’m kidding). Those jeans need to be your 1st choice!

ALWAYS REMEMBER: If you make your top loose and flared – the bottom needs to be fitted and calm. And vice versa, a flared base – provided top.

What form of jeans you need to pay attention to:

  • Flared jeans from knee or hip-length (perfect for elongating if you are petite)
  • High-waist jeans
  • Classic (no embellishment, no holes, applique, flowers,etc.)
  • Skinny if your legs are fit
  • Tailored Trousers (look he best on your body type)

Avoid Funny patterns like Mickey Mouse images on T-shirts unless you are 7 years old.

Be Careful with light-colored pants: white, beige, and bright colors like yellow, etc. You might want to think about an elongated cardigan or a tunica preferably with a waistline emphasize.

Blazer for an Hourglass Body Shape

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Now, you will want to seal the look with a thing that defines your attitude but still shows some style. It’s always a blazer for me, plus, it’s perfect for work and fits great instead of a jacket during colder times. For a capsule wardrobe – it’s an absolute must!

Let me remind you, a deep V-neck will do you good by adding enough space in the decolletage area which will elongate your body structure.

KIMONO is a must have for a your body type

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Rectangle body shape

Are you wondering why Kimono would be the perfect choice for you? I will tell you that it’s not only for your body type, but it’s also for all women out there! It’s the most universal piece of a garment I can find. It’s suitable for those that do not like getting too formal. This is a perfect choice for getting something that will even out your upper body and bottom, emphasize your waistline, and even stress upon your neckline!

Look at this selection:

You can wear it alone, with your favorite jeans, a dress, leggings, and shorts. It can serve as a perfect substitution to a dress or a summer coat. It is the most feminine clothing that exists and I am just in love with it!

A Dress for an Hourglass Body Shape

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Look at this beautiful selection:

You will say that you already know that a little black dress is a must for every woman in the world. I will say that it’s not completely true! For example, I have a black dress and guess how many times I actually wore it. Right, 0 times! Why? Because black doesn’t compliment my skin tone and body shape as much as other colors do!

There are other darker shades if you do not want to wear black. And this is why I remind you to take a closer look at your skin tone and figure out whether you are a warm tone skinned or a cold one.

For instance, I have a warm blond hair, green eyes, and my skin tans easily with a yellow skin undertone. So I am a “warm” type. I can wear a green emerald, burgundy, blue sea, light beige colors as basic.

A Helpful tip about Warm and Cold Skin Undertone.

I have great information for you if you’d like to find out your skin type and colors that suit you.

When it comes to the type of dress I always recommend:

  • Fitted or Bodycon (Tailored type)
  • Flared with a well-defined waist
  • Maxi styles will definitely bring more flair and feminine taste to your shape. If you feel like you can wear fitted styles – feel free to stress on your decolletage or waist (one at a time). That would be a great idea to try something from the beige color range.

A skirt for an Hourglass Body Shape

A skirt is not necessarily a must of you are a “pants” girl. But I’d give it a go if you want to feel more feminine. I’d recommend:

Look at this selection over here:

  1. Flared silhouettes
  2. Pencil skirt if you need not hide your bottom, or you are going to wear an elongated blazer, tunica, kimono that will conceal the rear.

Shoes for a perfect Capsule Wardrobe

When it comes to capsule wardrobe shoes you must know that it all depends on the lifestyle you choose. If you are a sporty girl, do not invest in expensive Louboutins just because a stylist said so, take a look at something that you may actually use. And vice versa, if you wear heels on a daily basis maybe Balenciaga sneakers are not your best option for investment.

Look at this perfect selection:

What kind of should always serve good to any woman in the world are these high-quality real leather shoes:

  1. Kitten heel in beige and black colors
  2. Loafers in Black and Silver
  3. Sneakers up to your preference

Avoid trendy “ugly” shoes like Balenciaga, Combat Shoes, funny prints, synthetic materials.

Bag for a Capsule wardrobe of an Hourglass Body Shape

When it comes to a bag, of course, one cannot measure if for body shape. Obviously it’s all as per personal preference. Just do not forget about your perfect capsule wardrobe and think whether it’s a good idea to spend money on something you are not sure about. I mean something that requires substantial spending on luxury.

I always recommend to try out fist the model that is a look-alike and then decide whether you really want it. For that occasion, I have a whole bunch of designer dupes of very good quality that you might be willing to try out.

And a great opportunity to work with me as a personal stylist starting from just 10$ over here:








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Iryna Fedorchak


Hello, I am Iryna. A creative Ukrainian soul living in Lisbon, Portugal. I know fashion, I speak beauty and I know what lifestyle suits you the best. Here I will show you how fashion manifestation looks like as well as I want it to be an inspiring space for women of all religions and heritage. I hope I can help and advise you about your fashion preferences. Let's do fashion together! I love to create and re-create looks showcasing the life of European Bohemia in Portugal, researching Dos' and Donts' of the beauty realm, throwing my philosophy like confetti.

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