Fashion Mad-Lib, I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear this Weekend

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Hourglass body types, bring some red into your life courtesy of a knit. It is sweater season after all. Have at it:

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sources: 1 Reiss Lewes Rib Rib Sleeve Jumper (www.reiss.com), 2 J.Crew Vintage straight jean in Abbott wash (www.jcrew.com), 3 Lola Cruz Ankle Boot (www.piperlime.gap.com), 4 Be & D Paige Messenger (www.piperlime.gap.com), 5 Lulu Frost for J.Crew Indian summer bracelet (www.jcrew.com)

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The top: Red is definitely a power color for all body types, not just you Hourglass ladies out there. Go bold. The cut on the sweater is a bit less tailored to your curves than we would normally suggest, but still remains loosely fitted without going into body-con territory, SO, you'll be comfortable and looking good. Comfort plays a large role in feeling good as you well know. And when you feel good, you look good. Circle of fashion life, ish. You know the drill.

The bottom: You can cuff these boyfriend jeans over the ankle boots if you have some height on you. If you're a more petite Hourglass  body type, opt for a pump, something that won't cut off the leg line at the ankle. Also, when you go for a boyfriend jean, go with something relaxed and not bulky through the hips. You don't want to conceal your curves with volume or you'll end up looking bigger than you actually are. Swap these jeans for a boot-cut with cleaner lines if you're just not sure.

The rest: This Lola Cruz ankle boot is getting a ton of 'buzz' on our Pin boards. Outside of the fact that these booties are popular, they're fabulous and functional. The in-between brown with a hint of bronze revs up what could have been a basic, go-to ankle boot. The Be & D (a favorite of ours in Handbag Land) satchel keeps it neutral, allowing the red to pop on that sweater, and the details in the statement bracelet, serve up a vintage vibe. A few additional colors come into the equation with this tiny yet powerful addition.

The ONE thing you need to know: Don't forget, if you go with a boyfriend jean, make sure it is 'relaxed' and not bulky. You should still be able to tell your a female. Don't go baggy, keep things falling close to your leg line so you don't lose those coveted Hourglass curves.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear Out at Night

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Hourglass body types, go with something bright and bold for a night time look. Keep the blazer on or toss it to the side:

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sources: Vanessa Bruno Crepe de Chine Blazer (www.net-a-porter.com), Otte Ellen Dress (www.otteny.com), Zara High Heel Vamp Shoe (www.zara.com), MICHAEL Michael Kors Clutch (www.farfetch.com), Venessa Arizaga Cabo Sunset Necklace (www.matchesfashion.com), Rag & Bone Simone Belt (www.shopbop.com)

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The top: Cinching-in the sheath dress accentuates your naturally balanced, Hourglass body type proportions. You don't want to cover those up. The belt is going to help bring that out. In case you don't love the belt action, you can leave it out and just go with the blazer. The lines will streamline and hug a bit where the dress won't. Again, go with the curves, no covering up please, thanks.

The bottom: Well, it's a dress so let's look at the hem. It falls along side the hips and then opens up a bit right at the leg. This is great for movement, it's like you're wearing a men's dress shirt (ridiculously comfortable), and it flatters by not enveloping you whole or squeezing too tight.

The rest: A statement necklace works well back to the pop of pink going on here. This is where you get to play and make the look your own. The pump is classic. Depending on where you're headed, you can swap it out for something 'strappy' (less coverage), drop the blazer for a fitted black leather jacket, lose the belt, and go into full-blown cocktail mode. As an Hourglass body type, you have so many options.

The ONE thing you really need to know when trying to pull this look off is, should you want to bring it into fall, avoid anything heavy when it comes to the shoe. The silk going on in the dress and even the blazer (yes, you can wear white for winter) won't play well with a heavier boot of any kind. The safe bet is to stick with a pump. If you need some warmth, go with a black opaque tight and switch the blazer to black as well.

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sources: 1 Theyskens' Theory Crochet-Back Open-Knit Linen-Blend Sweater (www.net-a-porter.com), 2 Pietra Croc Braiden Wedges (www.ssense.com), 3 J. Crew 3" Chino Short (www.jcrew.com), 4 Tory Burch Resin Band Bangle (www.toryburch.com)

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The top: Hourglass body types, make sure you have something neutral underneath the sheer sweater. Maybe a bandeau bra if  temps allow. It would be tragic to lose the open back with a layer of fabric covering everything. Random summer side note: it's also perfect as a beach cover-up.

The bottom: The shorts are fine if they don't send into a full-blown panic as they have a history of doing for some of us leg-conscious women. Do a few lunges, get beyond it, and pop on a bright short for summer, OR, if you really can't see yourself feeling good in a shorts look, by all means, throw in a pair of white or light wash skinny jeans. At the end of the day, you're supposed to feel good in what you're wearing as you elevate your personal style so without that, it's just not worth it. Don't over-think it, (easy to write).

The rest: The neutral wedge will extend the leg line, check. The bangle is a nod to the summertime trend that may or may not stick around. So, as a place holder, you could always substitute loose fabric bracelets, a gold chain bracelet layered with something colorful, etc. Pick and play here, there's nothing to lose and for now, you can keep it simple with one key bangle.

The ONE thing you need to know on this look if you're an Hourglass body type is, IF you're short waisted, a trick to elongating your torso would be a tank (super-thin and lightweight since you'll be covering up the open back; minor sacrifice) that extends slightly past the hem of the sweater over the shorts. Don't let it hit past your hips, just right past your natural waist. It's a little trick to play with if you have a shorter waist and you're going to wear a flat sandal instead of the wedge.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something Classic to Wear Out Tonight

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Hourglass body types, go with something a bit more streamlined for a dinner out. Try a classic black-out look with a pop-color in 7 steps:

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sources: 1 Ralph Lauren Black Label Fluted Sleeve Top (www.farfetch.com), 2 Theory Nenna Pant (www.farfetch.com), 3 Clare Vivier Foldover in Green Apple(www.stefanibags.com), 4 Steve Madden Reeldeal Wedge Sandals (www.macys.com), 5 Oasis Elastic Metal Petal Waist Belt (www.asos.com), 6 ACNE Wilde Black sunglasses (www.acnestudios.com), 7 BCBGMAXAZRIA Modern Cuff (www.bcbg.com)

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The top: Could it be any easier than this top? Nope, well it's possible, but for the sake of nailing home the point that this is probably one of the most universally flattering tops out there, we'll stick with n-o, no, it just doesn't get much better. The neckline, flattering. The sleeve length, classic. The color, um, it's black so you KNOW you'll get use out of it. The fit along the torso, slimming. Gold stars.

The bottom: Every woman needs a classic black pant in her closet, and yes, that includes you Hourglass body types out there. You can do this for well under $100 too, just have a tailor in mind and make sure you get the pant fitted to you, not the other way around. The leg is a little wide, but still follows the leg line which is exactly what an hourglass should strive for. You have a naturally balanced silhouette so why obstruct that with a pant right?

The rest: Black, black, and more black can be a little 'snoring,' (spoken out loud in a nasal, snoring voice for added emphasis). Use the clutch to pop it up a bit with color. Kelly green? Sure, why not. Metallic something? Absolutely. Animal print? Meow. Have at it. Just make sure to balance out whatever you have going on in the handbag with the shoe. Less is more, let one of the two shine and have their cameo. We suggest you give the handbag it's moment because let's face it, the shoe is going to be covered up by the pant anyway. Speaking of the shoe, we kept it neutral with a subtle, faux, exotic print. Easy enough. The belt, well as an Hourglass, you just going to emphasize what you're working with so keep it to make the look a little edgier, or drop it if you want to simplify for the day. It really can depend on the day, time of the month (you know exactly what I mean), mood, and then some. Go with your gut. To cinch or not to cinch should NOT be a science project.

The cuff revs it up a bit and takes it into the Wonder Woman realm. That's your power cuff. Use it for good and not evil please. Oh and of course you're going to want black-out shades to conceal, keep it chic, glam it up a bit, oh right, and shield your eyes from the blinding rays of the sun out there. Even if it's an evening look, some of us are out the door while the sun's still shining. For those ladies, sunglass-it-up. For the Alaskan women out there, some of you have six straight months of sun right? You need sunnies, and bad. Granted, your native terrain probably won't lend itself to an open toe, wedge sandal, or pants that don't wick away snow and water, but hey, at least we've got the sunglasses covered right?

The ONE thing you need to know about this look as an Hourglass body type is, less really is more. Just because you have a the black clothing canvas to work from, does not mean you need to cover every inch of you with something. Sure, there's the Coco Chanel line, "remove one item before you walk out the door,' or something like that (loosely quoting here), but which piece is the one left on the closet floor for next time? How DOES one choose? Think of it this way, if you have a couple of bold accessories (couple=2) you're good. Hair, nails, makeup, they all come into play. The more you put on, the more confusing it will be for anyone to really find the beauty in the entire look. Sure, you're gorgeous, but you don't want to send onlookers into a tail spin when they're checking you out? Not the good kind of tail spin, the dizzying, overwhelming, toothpaste aisle (so many tubes of toothpaste, why are there so many, I can't handle the choices, I'll just crouch down into fetal position for a minute until my heart rate gets back to normal) tail spin. Go with a couple picks that make the look your own, the pieces that make you feel like you (and that means good, or your best self) and leave it at that. You'll make plenty of time to wear the rest of your goodies. Patience grasshopper, patience.

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sources: 1 Markus Lupfer Silk Jersey Dress (www.net-a-porter.com), 2 River Island Black Blazer (SOLD OUT www.riverisland.com), 3 Nine West Kenie Gladiator Sandals (www.macys.com), 4 See by Chloé Taupe April Leather Zipped Tote (www.my-wardrobe.com), 5 Gorjana London Hoop Earrings (www.asos.com)

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The top: The blazer is a great layer to have on hand if you want a little additional coverage, to keep it pro-fesh (yes, more unnecessary abbreviating as the expense of the english language because it's just fun), and/or if you want to stay toasty. Keep in mind, you can easily lose this layer at any time. This dress was built for accentuating everything enviable and fabulous about an Hourglass body type. The print is fine, it will draw attention to your chest, but you're covered up so you're not crossing any lines. The sewn in waist detail is the most comfortable cinching definition a girl could ask for. Proportions=instantly balanced, or in your case, accentuated.

The bottom: Well, it's a dress so we'll discuss the hem. The dress is fitted through the thigh so there's a little narrowing going on here. As an Hourglass body type, if the bottom half of the look continues to narrow further, your top half will start to look disproportionate. A heel is a great way to fix this. It will elongate a bit, which we all love.

The rest: The bag stays neutral and at the perfect size for an everyday tote. The earrings are subtle mainly because you have a whole lot of look going on with that print. There's no need to distract from it with any additional statement accessories. Clean lines, basic shapes, keep it neutral. Speaking of neutral, cue the sandal. If you're heading into a fall look, close things off with a nude or putty/beige leather pump (preferably not patent). Or you could add in a heeled knee high boot BUT if you do that, go for browns which means you'll want to lose the blazer and make it a sweater dress look. Note: you can always wear black with brown, it just needs to be done in a way that makes sense. How do you know? You hit up this site, keep an eye on the latest Lookbooks, or contact us directly with your question. Problem-solved. Style stress, averted.

The ONE thing you need to know about this look if you're going to pull if off for an Hourglass body type is, the blazer should not fall past your hips. Why? Because woman, you have a shape that should be shown off, not covered up! And, B., when the hem of the blazer falls below your hips, or even worse, covers your bottom completely, your proportions are sent out of whack and it looks like you have more volume at the waist than you really do. The blazer is there to add to the look, not cover you up. Keep that in mind when trying this look out.

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sources: 1 James Perse Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Cotton T-Shirt (www.stylebop.com), 2 Michael Kors Pleated wool and silk-blend skirt (www.net-a-porter.com), 3 Need Supply Geneva Wedge (www.needsupply.com), 4 OrYANY Tanya Satchel (www.shopbop.com), 5 Philippe Audibert Matte Black Spiked Uma Cuff (www.stylebop.com), 6 Ray-Ban Original Unisex Wayfarer Sunglasses (www.shopbop.com)

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The top: You can't go wrong with a black, long sleeve, scoop neck top, Hourglass body type or any other body type for that matter. This is what we call a closet essential, something that every woman needs to have on hand for all seasons. Buy one each year, or just go big and buy three when you find the basic that a. fits perfectly, b. holds up after a few washes, and c. you feel good in. Well actually, if you hit a, b, and c, you might as well buy stock in that top. Must-have, essential, get the picture yet? The shape is classic, flattering, and ridiculously versatile.

The bottom: This skirt works for an Hourglass body type as long as it's balanced out with what's going on on the top half of the look. The print on this skirt is hard to miss, so you're definitely bringing focus to your bottom half. As long as you use something on top to balance out proportions (in your case, balancing them out is just working with your natural shape), which in this case is a scoop neck tee that will bring a little drama to the neckline, you're good to go.

The rest: Since there's plenty of black and white going on here, there's room for a pop of color. One of the easiest ways to incorporate that into a look is through the handbag. You could always keep the bag black and go with a red lip, or red shoe, but in this case, the bag was one of our favorites so it needed to make it's way into a look. The cuff and sunnies add a little edge and let the bag have it's rightful color cameo. The strappy wedge works for Spring. If you head into Fall, you can always opt for a classic black pump, or if you have the height, a knee-high, heeled black boot back to some opaque tights (go bare leg if the temps allow, but keeping one color will extend the vertical line on the lower half of the look). Bring in a scarf and classic trench to complete a more wintry look (shop the Closet for options, links below).

The ONE thing you need to know when you're an Hourglass body type pulling off this look is to make sure you have the right shoe for your proportions. That wedge, albeit fabulous and comfy, will cut you off at the ankles with that strap. So, if you want height or are vertically-challenged, you will definitely want to go with a pump or boot (ankle or heeled knee-high) with opaque tights. Every Hourglass is a little different obviously. There's no, one cookie-cutter hourglass shape out there so work with what you've got. We're all a little bit of a hybrid, that's what makes life interesting.

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I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear this Weekend

Hourglass body types, here's a look that will take your casual weekend routine and polish it up a bit in seven shoppable steps:

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sources: 1 Zara Cotton Blazer (www.zara.com), 2 J.Crew Vintage  V-neck Tee in Stripe (www.jcrew.com), 3 MiH Jeans Marrakesh Kick-flare Jeans (www.matchesfashion.com), 4 Madison Harding Ben Woven Sandal (www.madisonharding.com), 5 MADEWELL The Transport Tote (www.madewell.com), 6 Tory Burch Jordan Wire Hoop Earring (www.toryburch.com), 7 NARS Semi-Matte Red Lizard Lipstick (www.beauty.com)

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The top: Don't freak out about the stripes. They're subtle, tone-on-tone, and will be partially covered by one of our favorite white blazers out there from Zara. Actually, you could leave the blazer out, keep the tee and jeans, and be perfectly fine. The stripes won't widen things, because you have that v-neck going on. The blazer is showing you how easy it can be to take a classic tee+jeans combo, and make it look on-point by pairing it with the right jacket from your clothing arsenal. Jackets are an investment, this one happens to be ridiculously well priced (thank you Zara), but overall, this category is one of the easiest ways you can take a basic look and elevate your personal style. They're one of the best tricks to have up your sleeve when you want a versatile wardrobe so shell out a bit more for the right piece. And yes, you can wear white after Labor Day. This goes for Hourglass body types and everyone else.

The bottom: Look closely at the fit on these jeans. Ok, got it? If you don't want to buy the pair pictured here, or you just want to keep shopping around as we women love to do (you can warm up with additional options in the Closet, link below), take a mental note. Hourglass body types, this is the shape you want to look for when you're buying jeans. Get them in a medium blue wash, distressed is fine, and get them in a dark blue wash as well. Hem the medium blue version for everyday shoes (possibly for flats if you're into those, or lower heels). Keep the darker washed jeans as is for heels. These will be your go-to daytime and wearing-out-at-night jeans. They are definitely on the essential shopping list for each season. Why? Because they will make your life SO MUCH EASIER. Sidenote: buy the size that is comfy and not the size you say you need to do another round of '6 Week Abs' to fit into. You'll be golden for Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall.

The rest: We're showing a great, pyramid heel sandal on this one. It's fun, you won't see much of the print under the jean, but you'll know it's there and they're versatile enough to wear in plenty of other ensembles. Bring the look into Fall with an ankle boot, black or brown. Either will work, and nope, you don't have to match the bag to the shoe. Another random styling myth.

Keep it clean and simple with an everyday tote. Speaking of simple, a subtle gold earring is perfect. The lapel brings some 'oomph' to the look, so let it do it's thing without much distraction. And if you're dying to inject some color, go with a bright red lip, or just a gloss if you're not into the whole big-girl-lipstick thing. Sometimes it can be more maintenance, we get it.

The ONE thing you need to know about the look Hourglass body types is, you absolutely do not need to wear a heel here if you don't want to or if you're dying to give your feet a break. Just put on the pair of jeans you have hemmed for flats and be on your way. Make sure they're a boot cut to keep things in-line with your naturally balanced proportions, and you're good to go. Keep it simple.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear Out Running Around Today

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Hourglass body types, here's a look that will upgrade any weekday look in 7 steps:

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sources: 1 Tucker by Gaby Basora Papa's Cover Striped All Wrap Jacket (www.my-wardrobe.com), 2 MiH Jeans Marrakesh Mid-rise Kick-flare Jeans (www.matchesfashion.com), 3 Geneva Wedge (www.needsupply.com), 4 Paul's Boutique Stella Leather Tote Bag (www.asos.com), 5 ACNE Wilde Black Sunglasses (www.acnestudios.com), 6 Kendra Scott Rochelle Ring (www.zappos.com), 7 Coach Leaf Chain Bracelet (SOLD OUT www.coach.com)

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The top: Hourglass body types, this top works for two main reasons, first, you're going to balance it out with the bottom half of the look or else it would be a little overpowering to your top half. Second, because it should hit only slightly below the waist and not run past your hips (i.e. don't use this as coverage for your bottom; why would you want to cover up one of your best assets anyway?). You're also going to want to pair this wrap jacket over a basic black or grey tee/tank. Either will do.

The bottom: These jeans are a fabulous shape for you to go for if you don't already have them in your closet. The wash here is dark, but you could also go with a medium, more distressed version when it comes to a daytime look. Overall, the shape of these jeans are going to flatter your hourglass proportions like none other, so make sure you have them as a go-to in your wardrobe.

The rest: If it's warm out, go with a sandal of your choice that is either black  or neutral. In this case, the wedge is both, but it's going to be covered up by the hem of the jeans so it's not a big deal. Put your energy elsewhere. You could swap that sandal out for a neutral (a beige or butterscotch would be ideal, and black would work but it's not the first choice as it is a little severe back to what it a warmer look) pump or boot.

The tote is a classic to have on hand. This is your workhorse tote that you can beat up during the day and will take the punches, not to mention, it will look good doing it.

Finally, the question we ALWAYS hear over here is, "what jewelry and accessories go with this look?" It's a great question and worth asking because a couple of small additions will elevate your style and update any look you can pull out of your closet. In this case, we went with a chain bracelet (depending on the fit of the jacket, this will either be covered completely, peeking out here and there, or a nice little accompaniment at the end of the sleeve), and a bold statement ring with a gold, vintage vibe. This is where you get to personalize, pick something you love, and throw it into the mix. It shows thought and makes instantly look like you know what's up when it comes to your personal style. The sunnies here glam it up a bit. Aviators would bring it into a more American-sportswear vibe, and Ray Bans would take it borderline 'hipster' (but to pull off full hipster you'd need a skinny jean of course). See? One piece can change it up that easily.

The ONE thing you need to know when pulling off this look for your Hourglass body type is, make sure with the wrap jacket, that you don't have too much volume in the way of extra fabric. The look is cozy, but it's still clean and it shouldn't come across like you're wearing a robe. Keep that in mind when you 're out and about trying on (or on-line browsing the virtual shelves of our Closet, link below). You will definitely always want to wear a heel with this one or your bottom half will struggle to stand up to your top half, read: proportions will be out of whack.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Hourglass Body Type Looking for Something to Wear This Weekend

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sources: 1 Dolce & Gabbana T-shirt (www.yoox.com), 2 Diane von Furstenberg Two Tiered Pleated Skirt (www.farfetch.com), 3 MICHAEL Michael Kors Asta Double-Buckle Sandal (www.neimanmarcus.com), 4 MADE Fair Trade Cross Body Satchel Bag Tan (www.fashion-conscience.com), 5 Pamela Love Earrings (www.yoox.com), 6 Jack Wills Whinfield Belt (www.jackwills.com), 7 Giles & Brother Serpent Cuff (www.bloomingdales.com)

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The top: When it comes to an Hourglass body type, this tank could be very dangerous, in a good way. This tank, with the emphasis on the neckline and the structured shoulders is a quick way to pull focus to, well, some of your best assets. We're all about looking at what you DO have instead of pointing out what you don't over here, and this tank is a quick way to put that into action. Body conscious? Yes, the tank that is. You on the other hand, if you're comfortable doing it of course, should run with this look. The fitted top won't throw things off balance with the skirt because you're bringing natural proportions to the table that will fill things out well. Layer a cardigan over this tank if you need a little coverage, just keep it lightweight, streamlined, and neutral in color.

The bottom: Pleats can work for an Hourglass body type most of the time, and this is no exception to that. The skirt is going to accentuate your hourglass hips with the small, drop-waist seam that cuts extends out to a fuller pleat. There's some nice movement going on at the hem which is a great thing to have working in your favor. The print is bright and will bring plenty of attention to the lower half of your look which is ok since you will be balancing things out on top.

The rest: The sandal will add some height and extend the vertical lines going on here which is important when you're dealing with a bold skirt like the one being shown. If that heel is a tad too high for what you'd wear on the weekend, opt for a wedge where you'll get the same height with a bit more comfort. Layer-up on the bracelets if you want, or just keep it simple with the one. As for the earring, definitely throw something a bit more boho into the mix, or at least something more substantial than a stud. The cross body bag brings it all together and makes it a full-on weekend look.

The ONE thing you need to know: if you're a curvier Hourglass, you're going to want to toss out the belt. If you have a little extra volume at your waist, go with a heather-grey or darker color on the tank, OR, you could keep the white and incorporate a fitted cardigan into the mix. One more thing to note is the heel. Keep the heel in this look. Since the length of the skirt falls below your knee, you're going to want some added height where you can get it.

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Hourglass body types, here's a look that will upgrade any Fall weekday look in 6 steps:

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sources: Veda x Madewell Black Leather Moto Jacket (www.madewell.com), 2 Diane von Furstenberg Shara lace-appliquéd wool sweater (www.net-a-porter.com), 3 Tory Burch Classic Tory Bootcut Jean In Rinse (www.toryburch.com), 4 Barrie Cutout Bootie (www.nastygal.com), 5 Rebecca Minkoff Quinn Bucket Bag (www.rebeccaminkoff.com), 6 Susan Caplan Vintage 1980s Givenchy Gold Plated Clip-On Earrings (www.harveynichols.com)

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Hourglass body types out there, mother nature has set you up with naturally balanced proportions. Thank you, genetics. Your job? Don't mess too much with nature. Accentuate what you've got.

The top: The Moto Jacket is a perfect fall-to-winter piece layered over the sweater. If that jacket had a more dramatic lapel, you could balance it out by swapping the sweater for a solid color version. Since it's the jacket we've used is black, you're ok with the additional lace embellishment covering the sweater.

The bottom: So often clients ask how they can dress it up a bit for daytime. If you have a strong core foundation in your closet, this is simple (Members have access to the Seasonal Shopping Checklist that helps them do this; read more about membership options here). Get a jean that really fits your Hourglass body type well (this is an event in Shopping Land, and could take a bit of extra time unless you have an on-call stylist to ask for unbiased advice; eh hem, it's coming). A classic bootcut jean (fitted through the thigh, leg, and then has a little volume at the hem) is going to be your best friend.

The rest: If the heel scares you for day, hem the jeans and go with a classic ballet flat. The bag and earring stay simple so you can let the rest of the look do the talking for you. No need to add any distractions when you've got a good thing going on.

The ONE thing you need to know: If you're not in the mood for a boot-cut jean and feel more like bringing a skinny jean option into the equation, you're going to want to keep two things in mind. First, the sweater should fall a bit below your natural hourglass waist. If it hits right at the waist, you may be bringing too much attention to your top half and throwing off the balance when you wear skinny jeans below. Second, the ankle boot is a great option, but in the interest of elongating a bit more (the ankle boot will cut your vertical  leg line off), try out a pump or stacked heel of some kind to keep it manageable while you're running around.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear This Weekend...

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Hourglass body types, here's a look for the weekend that is beyond your normal go-to ensemble. Drop the yoga pants. Try this out instead:

I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear This Weekend...

sources: French Connection Lorelai Lace Top (www.usa.frenchconnection.com), 2 VELVET Ruby Army Jacket (www.shopbop.com), 3 J Brand 835 cropped mid-rise skinny jeans (www.net-a-porter.com), 4 ASOS Tumbled Leather Shopper With Panel detail (www.forever21.com), 5 FOREVER 21 Standout D'Orsay Flats (www.us.asos.com), 6 Ray-Ban Polarized Wayfarer Sunglasses (www.net-a-porter.com), 7 Monica Vinader Baja set of two rose gold-plated rings (www.shopbop.com) 

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The top: The lace tee with the military jacket as the outer layer are going to add a lot to your upper half. This is fine as long as you balance out, and in the case of an Hourglass body type, stick to, your natural proportions. Both the tee and the jacket fall slightly away from the body so there's not too much bulk on top which is helpful. Speaking of the jacket, there's one more great thing it will do for your top half and that is add a little structure. Hourglasses always benefit from a more structured look because you have plenty of curves to contend with and you don't want them to get lost in the style shuffle. Tailoring, seaming details, etc. are your best friend.

The bottom: The black skinny jeans slim and streamline like nothing else. You can't go wrong with these, and it's a nice departure from your everyday blue denim. If you want to balance proportions even more, you can go with a boot cut version in the same color, or take it uber-casual with a more distressed wash. Grey denim would also work really well here, so feel free to play around with it.

The rest: A classic black tote gets a refresher via a tumbled leather texture that brings it up a level from basic. A bold ring works here as well. Bracelets would just be an exercise in fashion futility under the sleeves of that jacket. And finally, a detailed ankle strap flat brings everything together with a bit of a twist. Scratch that, the final piece of the look would be those Ray Ban wayfarers. Overall, the look and feel is stylishly saddled between preppy and hipster. Make it your own via the accessories.

The ONE thing you need to know: If you are a more petite Hourglass body type you're going to need a bit more height than that flat. Bring a comfortable wedge sandal or ankle boot into the mix. Keep both black so you can extend the vertical line through the leg of the skinny jean. And finally, watch out for jewelry up top. Avoid any extras in the way of necklaces or earrings. You already have the clothing doing a lot of 'talking' for you, so anything extra may end up being distracting. When in doubt, keep it simple.

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Hourglass body types, try this look out during the week and upgrade your running-around style quotient:

I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear Out on a Weekday Running Errands

sources: 1 Tory Burch Simone Cardigan (www.toryburch.com), 2 Current/Elliott ankle skinny jean (www.shopzoeonline.com), 3 TOPSHOP Chiffon Overlay Tank Top (www.topshop.com), 4 Jeffrey Campbell In Love Flat (www.needsupply.com), 5 ALEXANDER WANG Handbag (www.yoox.com), 6 Oscar de la Renta Lace Gold Chain Bracelet (www.boutique1.com)

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The top: I know, you think we're going to tell you to wear the cardigan open over the tank, but nope Hourglass body types, we're recommending the opposite and here's why: As an Hourglass, you have natural curves to work with. To flatter your assets, you need structure. It doesn't mean everything needs to be tight, seamed-up, or super-constructed. You can create structure using streamlined layers that hug your body. Case in point, the cardigan. Do you need it buttoned up all the way? No. Just a few below the bust-line will do. Can you still wear it open? Of course, just heed our advice in the 'ONE thing to know' area below...

The bottom: A skinny, distressed jean like this one is going to draw the eye to any curves you have going on in the lower half of your body. That's not necessarily a bad thing at all for Hourglass body types out there. If you're a petite Hourglass, opt for a heel as opposed to the flat. You'll need a little more to elongate your vertical line. You can also always go with a basic blue wash here too if you're feeling, well, basic.

The rest: The bag, the shoe, and the addition of an easy chain bracelet pull the look together using essential pieces that should already be a part of your core closet. If they're not, shop our Closet to get started (you need to be a Member to do this mind you). And when it comes to those 'core' accessories, since you'll be getting plenty of wear out of them, do yourself a favor, when possible, invest a little bit more. It can go a long way. Also, become best friends with your local cobbler. They are magicians that can extend the life of your favorite bags and shoes.

The ONE thing you need to know: If you're going to wear the cardigan open and can't be bothered with the whole buttoning-up situation, then make sure the cardigan you have on isn't too bulky. Go for something that has a little stretch in it so it will cinch in the loose tank underneath. Your curves deserve to be featured in the most flattering light possible, don't cover them up with too much fabric. Simple and streamlined is the name of the cardigan game on this one.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear on Weekdays While Running Errands, Going to Lunch, and More

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sources: 1 Line The Infamous cashmere sweater (www.theoutnet.com), 2 7 FOR ALL MANKIND bootcut jean (www.farfetch.com), 3 Mango Leopard Slippers (www.shop.mango.com), 4 ONE by Perforated Large Hobo (www.shopbop.com), 5 AURELIE BIDERMANN Ginko Feather Ring (www.luisaviaroma.com), 6 Kate Spade New York Sailor's Knot Hoops (www.piperlime.gap.com)

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The Hourglass Body Type can handle almost anything you throw at it. This sweater works IF the fit is slightly snug, not body-conscious, but shows a bit of shape, i.e. the fabric shouldn't fall too far away from your body or else you cover up all the assets you have going for you. The v-neck flatters and it's a great way to throw in color to an otherwise basic look.

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The boot-cut jean fits along the thigh, hugs your curves, and with a slight flare at the hem, adds a little more dimension to keep your naturally balanced proportions, well, balanced. It also allows you to pull off a flat without going to narrow along the leg line if it were a skinny jean.

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The flat is throw into the mix to show you how to take a basic look and make it your own using print. Color can also be used. Keep the jewelry simple, you can go silver or gold (shown above), and bracelets or necklaces are not out of the option. A bold statement necklace (color or metallic) on it's own would also be something that will take the look and dress it up a bit instantly. The neutral bag speaks for itself as it's an essential every woman needs to lug around her life's contents in throughout the day.

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