The bottom hourglass is a common variation of the “full hourglass figure“, and you may have noticed certain clothes look much more flattering on you than others, because of the generous curves on your bottom half. Let’s take a deep dive to fully understand your body features, and why these styles below are best to be avoided.
- Full bust
- Smaller waist compared to your hips
- Hips and shoulders have equal width
- Waist definition
These are all typical features of the natural hourglass body shape. However, the major difference between a full hourglass shape and a bottom hourglass body shape is that most features of the hourglass body are limited to the bottom half of the body.
Therefore, you need to focus on enhancing your assets and balancing your hips with your narrower upper body.
For the bottom hourglass body shape, your shoulders are narrower than your hips. Therefore, you shouldn’t wear tops that will draw attention to this fact. Tight tops are clingy on the body and will make it super obvious that you have narrow shoulders.
Rather than wearing clingy tops, opt for tops with shoulder pads to get broader and sharper-looking shoulders. This gives your shoulders more width and definition that matches that of your lower body.
Of course, there are a wide variety of tops that you can enhance with shoulder pads. Be sure to go for those that don’t cling tightly to the body. You can even wear tops with subtle prints to play up the lovely vintage vibe of shoulder pads.
Overall, the most important thing here is that you shouldn’t wear a fitted top that will throw your body silhouette off-balance.
Necklines have a huge influence on how we look but it’s often overlooked. Although the bottom hourglass shape can look great in a wide variety of necklines, there are a few that I would consider off-limit.
An example of this is the turtle neckline which is a high neckline style that has a not-so-great effect on the bottom hourglass body type. This is because turtle necklines cut off the upper body in an unflattering way, especially if you have bigger bust.
Rather than wear tops or dresses with turtle necklines, it’s best to choose the open neckline style that will open up this area and have an enhancing effect on your body shape. It’s important to create balance as much as you can and your choice of neckline influences this a lot.
Therefore, you can rock styles like the scoop neck and v-neck. These are better for your body frame than turtle necklines.
Brightly colored jeans
Due to the wider nature of your bottom-half, you need to wear styles on this part of your body that minimize them elegantly. Brightly colored jeans will not get this done to your satisfaction.
Of course, it’s no secret that bright colors are attention-grabbing and this is not the effect you want around your wider hips. Therefore, rather than wear brightly colored jeans, stick to the dark wash denims that have a natural slimming effect on the body.
Dark wash jeans are beautiful to look at and exert a lot of positive effects on anyone with a bottom hourglass body shape. They help in camouflaging any extra weight you have around your midsection.
So, you don’t have to worry so much about your tummy bulge being visible. Overall, you can achieve a smoother and more sophisticated look by wearing a dark wash denim rather than brightly colored jeans.
Low-rise jeans sit below the hip and won’t offer a comfortable fit on your bottom hourglass body shape. What you need is a jeans style that offers a relaxed and effortlessly comfortable fit on your body without going over the top.
You can achieve this better with mom jeans as this style is super flattering for your unique figure. One of the best features of the mom jean is the supportive high waistband that sits firm on your waistline and helps to enhance your curvy silhouette.
This will also camouflage your tummy bulge easily, so you don’t have to worry about your heavier midsection being visible and interfering with your overall awesomeness. Low-rise jeans don’t give room to accommodate your wide hips and thighs, and that’s a huge reason to let go of them. With mom jeans, you can achieve more balance on your overall silhouette.
Loose-fitting style on women with a bottom hourglass body shape is a huge no. This doesn’t help to accentuate your waistline and highlight your beautiful curvy silhouette. You don’t have to wear clothing styles that hide your best assets and draw attention to your midsection.
Instead, you need to stylishly show off your shapely legs and lovely curves. High-waist flare pants can help you do this perfectly. They accentuate your waist, balance your narrow upper body with your wider bottom half, and camouflage any extra weight around your midsection.
These are three impressive benefits you shouldn’t miss out on as a woman with a bottom hourglass body shape. High-waist styles sit higher than your natural waistline and this is perfect for highlighting the narrowest part of your body.
This will give you a more symmetrical appearance, not to mention how it can also have an elongating effect on your body.
For the full hourglass body type, a bodycon dress will highlight all the curves and show just how feminine the structure of the body is. However, for the bottom hourglass body type, the effect is slightly different.
Since your body structure has a slight imbalance around your upper half, a bodycon dress will only draw a lot of attention to this fact. A ruched dress is more suited for the bottom hourglass body type because it has the necessary detailing around your waistline to help you emphasize your waist definition.
Ruching draws attention to your waist and this is perfect for highlighting your natural curves. Be sure to choose dresses that have the ruching placed strategically around the side of your waist or the center.
This visual enhancement is spectacular and it takes only one look at yourself in a mirror to fall in love with the results over and over again.
Similar to the effect of bodycon dresses on the bottom hourglass body type, fitted skirts are not flattering on this body shape. They won’t help to create the waist cinching effect you need to highlight your lovely waistline.
Rather than wearing tightly fitted skirts, women with a bottom hourglass body shape should tilt more towards skirts with an asymmetrical hemline. This is because the uneven hemline draws the eyes away from your heavier midsection.
With this, there’s more focus on the lovely design of the skirt and the extra visual interest is lovely for your overall body frame. Another huge benefit of wearing skirts with an asymmetrical hemline over those with fitted styles is that they have an elongation effect on the legs.
So, if you have a petite body frame, you can easily create the illusion of height with a taller and leaner appearance. Overall, this is great for balancing your body proportions.
Drop waist dresses
The silhouette of a drop waist dress is dropped and this makes your waist appear lower on your body. This heavily contradicts your bottom hourglass body shape, despite how fun and unique it is.
To truly create a flattering silhouette on your body frame, you need to wear dresses where the waistline is relative to where your natural waistline is on your body. A great style to try out is the flowy fit and flare dress.
This silhouette is very flattering to the bottom hourglass body shape due to its structured bodice that adds more volume to your narrower upper half. Meanwhile, there’s also more magic going on within the bottom half of your body as the snug seam accentuates your waist.
The flared skirt strategically minimizes your wide hip, so that it can appear balanced with your narrower shoulders and smaller bust line. Overall, this is a great way to minimize tummy bulges and look beautiful.
Chunky shoes have a bulky outlook that is not flattering on the feet of women with a bottom hourglass shape. Apart from this, they are tough to wear as they tend to draw the eyes more towards the shape of the bottom half of your body.
Ultimately, wearing chunky shoes on a bottom hourglass shape can make you appear shorter and wider. This is not a great effect, especially if you’re a petite women that needs to elongate her appearance rather than shrink them.
Therefore, you should avoid chunky shoe styles like heavy boots and wedged boots. To complement your unique shape, you need more delicate shoe styles that emphasize your natural body and help to enhance your assets.