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Last week we talked about Banana shaped brides, aka the rectangle or column, having a long and slender build.

This week we want to talk about the hourglass figure. In keeping with our fruit trend, think of the hourglass as two oranges stacked one on top of the other…the double stacked orange.

Characteristically, a women with an hourglass figure has a bust and hip that has the same or almost the same measurement, with a waist that is smaller.  So for example, 36, 26, 36.  This means that a size 6 or size 16 bride could be considered an hourglass. The actual number doesn’t make you an hourglass, it is the proportional breakdown of the numbers. While this may be one of the easier shapes to dress, like everyone else, our hourglass friends may still run into some fit issues; having clothes fit properly at the waist probably being the most common.

The goal for this shape would be to choose a gown that flatters your curves. When gown shopping, there are a few things that an hourglass shaped bride might want to keep in mind:

If you are looking to show off the curves that you have, bust, waist, hips, then choose a Fit and Flare style. Trumpet, mermaid, or bias cut gown would also be great choices for you. Ruching at the waist, or a fabulous beaded belt will emphasize your narrowest asset.

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There may be some of you who are less willing to show off certain areas of your hourglass and would rather downplay those curves, for example, your hip line. If this is the case then choose a Ballgown or a gown with an A-line skirt. Or it may be something with a more modest neckline, like a scoop rather then a deep sweetheart.

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