Every woman aspires to the Hourglass shape – except for the women who actually have that body type. A true hourglass, with her generous thighs, wobbly tummy, short waist and ample bosom, can be more difficult to flatter than, say a catwalk-ready Cornet or a perfectly proportioned column. But, when the Hourglass gets it right she is truly a knockout. And there is one Hourglass lady who set the benchmark for you all – the indisputable Queen of Curves, Marilyn Monroe.
Here, she models pretty much the perfect Hourglass suit. The jacket is cropped so as not to swamp her torso, with two buttons that help to elongate her short waist. Narrow lapels help to broaden her shoulders and three-quarter sleeves show off her slim lower arms whilst covering fleshy biceps.
When asked to describe an Hourglass, many of us conjure up an image of her wiggling around in a thigh-clinging pencil skirt. This image is born of decades of misdirection by the fashion press. The figure that you are picturing in your mind is the Vase. She is similar to an Hourglass but stretched – with slimmer, longer legs. The true Hourglass has short legs with a gorgeous derierre and chunky thighs. You can, on occasion, get away with a pencil skirt (always with heels!) but the ideal skirt for you is the one that Marilyn wears in this photo. It’s in a sturdy fabric that will contain your tummy – fitted at the top to cup and flatter your bombshell bottom and then flaring out to gently veil your thighs with a hemline resting on or just above the knee to show off your shapely calves. Cute sling backs with a chunky heel finish the look to perfection.
Inspired? Here are some suggestions for skirts and jackets that will make your Hourglass figure look sensational!