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The Hourglass

The hourgalss shape is synonymous with a classic film-star figure, where hips and shoulders (and/or chest if you are lucky!) help to pronounce a beautifully shaped waist line. Weight will be gained on the upper arms, chest, tummy (but you will be lucky enough to retain definition on your waist), hips, bum and thighs - in other words, pretty much everywhere!


Marilyn Monroe was the ultimate hourglass, but others of more recent fame include Catherine Zeta Jones, Lisa Riley and Kate Winslet (who has single-handedly shown that hourglass figures are gorgeous in all sizes from slender to voluptuous!). 


The hourglass is probably the easiest of all of the shapes to dress, as it is possible to tailor all styles to suit. To emphasise your figure, a dress with a bias cut profile or one that features a mermaid or fish-tail skirt will work wonders. Alternatively you can look to emphasise your bust with an empire line top and appropriate dress embellishments, or opt to give focus to your proportionately small waist with well-fitted bodice.


The Pear

A pear will have sleek and slender shoulders with a chest that is unevenly matched by proportionally larger hips. Any weight gained will find it's way to the hips, bum and thighs.


Some famous celebs that share the pear look are bootylicious Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Feltz and Christina Aguilera - now there's a mix and a half!


For those larger sized pears and for any pear who isn't particularly comfortable with their figure, dresses which mask the hips and bum are ideal - A-line and Ballgown skirts fall into this category. In terms of bodice style, it comes down personal preference. Certain tops and bodices will add definition to the waist whilst others will add length - it is a matter of trying lots on and seeing what appeals the most.


A column dress won’t be the most flattering choice for a pear, but for all of those who are proud of their big hips, a dress with a fishtail skirt is a sound choice - if it is accompanied by detailing around the bust area, this will help to create balance.


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