Spring 2013 Fashion Trends for an Hourglass Body Shape

When you’re curvy on the top and bottom, but narrow in the middle, you’re definitely in Hourglass territory. Higher waists, belted details and strategic seaming and color-blocking will make the most of your sexy body type.

Now that you know which styles are best suited for your bod, you’re ready to rock the latest in spring fashion. Check out our favorite high-end designer styles straight off the runway—along with “real life” wearable takes on the hottest spring trends that flatter your Hourglass shape.

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1The trend: Graphic black and white

The runway: Jason Wu

Ready to command attention at the office? Show up in this powerful and fashion-forward take on the black and white trend. The black pants are slimming, while the black and white sleeveless top highlights your Hourglass frame. And note the placement of the belt—it hits you where you’re tiniest. Style promotion granted! Is this the part where we ask for a raise?

Your way: Graphic paneling and the knitted bandage-style of this chic dress emphasize an Hourglass woman’s shape in all the right places and helps smooth everything out where she needs it most. Win-win!

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Your way: Highlight your Hourglass bod with a dress that offers an hourglass, geometric shape. The black side panels slim you down, but don’t worry—your sexiness still shines through.

Your way: The slightly vintage vibe of this adorable—yet totally unprissy—frock would look fab on an Hourglass shape. Fitted and flared in all the right places, it will show off your bold body beautifully.

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4The trend: Shorts suits

The runway: Fendi

Clothes with a retro vibe look so chic on an Hourglass-shaped woman, which this outfit with its high-waisted shorts and cropped blazer can attest to.

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Your way: The cool thing about a shorts suit is that it’s an easy style to mix and match. These shorts are great for an Hourglass figure—the higher waist shows you off where you’re tiniest—and the nipped in blazer lets your curves speak for themselves. Cocktails, anyone?

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Your way: Keep things simple the next time you decide to head out in a shorts suit by working with pieces in black and white—you’ll be extra trendy, to boot. These polka dot shorts are surprisingly forgiving (belt them to emphasize your waist), and the sweet embellished T-shirt and fitted linen jacket bring your curves out in a lovely way.

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Your way: Um, can you say, adorbs? We are smitten with these retro crochet-lace high-waisted shorts, the dainty Peter Pan collar, striped blouse and the simple, crisp white blazer—a pin-up worthy twist on the shorts suit trend.

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8The trend: Bold stripes

The runway: Temperley London

Va-va-va-voom! The red-hot corset-style bodice on this dress morphs into sheer and solid striped panels to create a look that’s just plain beautiful.

Your way: Feelin’ blue? Slip on this brightly colored dress and turn that frown upside down. We love this fit-and-flare style on an Hourglass shape—note how the panels in the bodice slim you down. Plus, the inverted pleats on the skirt are just so darling that we can’t help but smile.

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Your way: A swingy midi skirt with a 50s flare looks fab on an Hourglass figure, as the high, fitted waist hits you where you’re smallest. Just add platform pumps and a cute fitted cardigan. Meet you at the hop!

Your way: Give your Hourglass shape even more oomph when you wear this style, which uses diamond pleating to emphasize your wee waist. For an extra jolt of color, try turquoise pumps, or play it more muted with a gold heel.

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