Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Hourglass Body Type Looking for Something to Wear Running Around on a Weekday

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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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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.

If something's sold out, you can check out other options in the Closet, just remember, you need to be a Member to get the keys!

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear During the Weekday While Running Around

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I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear During the Weekday While Running Around

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

I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear During the Weekday While Running Around

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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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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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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