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

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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 to Wear this Weekend

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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:

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

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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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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 for the weekend that is beyond your normal go-to ensemble. Drop the yoga pants. Try this out instead:

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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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