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Hourglass Casual help please

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floffel Fri 08-Nov-19 12:13:37

I’m a 5ft 3in hourglass and am clueless when it comes to dressing casually.

Would this cardigan work with these jeans?

Cardigan - www.johnlewis.com/mint-velvet-ribbed-biker-cardigan-dark-grey/p4761681?size=12

Jeans - www.johnlewis.com/levi's-721-high-rise-skinny-jeans/black/p4161200?size=w30-l30

Thanks in advance

Loopytiles Fri 08-Nov-19 12:15:59

cardi and jeans work fine but that Mint Velvet one is overpriced and a variation on the dreaded “waterfall” cardi!

I like jeans and skirts and dresses too.

SpuriouserAndSpuriouser Fri 08-Nov-19 12:19:21

I think they would look nice together, but I’m also a short hourglass and the cardigan would look really unflattering on me to be honest, so I would wonder if it would be the same for you. I find cardigans tend to hide my waist and make me look quite frumpy, so for casual outfits when it’s cold I stick to either fitted jackets/blazers or jumpers.

floffel Fri 08-Nov-19 12:32:03

Thanks @Loopytiles @Spuriouser - got carried away with the thought that just maybe I could look cool/hip sigh

Will definitely get the jeans and look at other tops and jackets

SpuriouserAndSpuriouser Fri 08-Nov-19 12:38:30

It might look ok on, but it’s the sort of thing I would definitely want to try on before making a decision. Love the jeans, black skinny jeans are the basis of 90% of my off-work outfits so I thoroughly approve grin

floffel Fri 08-Nov-19 12:39:02

I like this! I have jewel winter colouring. www.johnlewis.com/hush-velvet-blazer-blue-velvet/p4543161?size=12

floffel Fri 08-Nov-19 12:42:29

Also, meant to say - thrilled to find other hourglasses - do share your favourites - I’m stuck in a rut

peachypetite Fri 08-Nov-19 12:47:10

I find a wrap cardigan much more flattering. That mint velvet one definitely isn’t worth over £100!

floffel Fri 08-Nov-19 12:51:12

Wrap cardigan you say @peachy ? I didn’t know there was such a thing <hangs head in shame>. Found this one - I like it. www.stories.com/en_gbp/clothing/knitwear/cardigans/product.wrap-cardigan-black.0657572003.html

Amrapaali Fri 08-Nov-19 12:59:43

Yep hourglass here as well: as much as you would like to throw on a T shirt and cardi and walk out the door, it ain't gonna happen sorry! Learnt that the hard way sad

Is your mind set on a cardigan? You can find other pieces on top to keep warm say a wooly soft scarf? But the tops immediately next to your skin SHOULD be structured (even if it is a casual look you are aiming for)

Maybe a ribbed thick vest with a light shiny jumper on top? Jeans or denim pencil skirts. And make the outfit casual with trainers and other accessories...

peachypetite Fri 08-Nov-19 13:01:21

uk.monsoon.co.uk/view/product/uk_catalog/mon_1,mon_1.84/7505701952?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI26bW5tXa5QIVV-DtCh3BdwLEEAQYAyABEgIpEfD_BwE

LemonPrism Fri 08-Nov-19 13:02:55

I've just seen a guide to cardigans for every shape on the telegraph website, in the fashion bit?

Might help

Loopytiles Fri 08-Nov-19 13:10:55

I like Kettlewell Colours’ plain tops, the scoop neck and wrapover. Because of the colour range and different shapes. They often do sales. Only go up to around size 16 though.

floffel Fri 08-Nov-19 13:16:31

I’m so happy I have found other hourglasses! I’m finding this so helpful

@Amrapaali- no not set on a cardigan- that biker look just happened to catch my eye and I wondered about whether it would work

I do like that cardi you linked @peachypetite - thanks

Sunnydaysandholidays Fri 08-Nov-19 13:29:39

I find I have to shop in the petite sections (I’m just about 5’4”) to get any chance of tops fitting in the right places. That Velvet jacket for example, I wouldn’t even look at as the waist would be too low and then it wouldn’t do up.

MsChatterbox Fri 08-Nov-19 13:31:56

For hourglass you need to have everything nip in at the waist to be flattering. So a loose cardigan would make you look bigger than you are. Try a cardigan with a belt, or high-waisted jeans with a top tucked in!

floffel Fri 08-Nov-19 13:40:40

@mrsChatterbox Because I have big boobs, I have a fear of tucking in t-shirts because it will totally bring my boobs to prominent attention and I have no clue on what to wear over t-shirt and jeans that won’t look odd. I’m hopeless

SpuriouserAndSpuriouser Fri 08-Nov-19 13:41:36

I really like the hush blazer! I know it’s not fitted fitted, but I think because it’s more structured it would be flattering, also it’s got quite wide lapels which is good for visually breaking you up and stopping you from looking too wide/boxy. I’d definitely wear that, probably with a v neck top tucked into jeans.

Bluntness100 Fri 08-Nov-19 14:07:08

As a pp said, the first cardigan is just a waterfall cardigan in poor disguise and will make you look about two stone heavier if you're an hourglass.

As you're not very tall, I'd go for something cut nipped in at the waist and no lower than top of hip level, otherwise your legs will be shortened and your waist hidden.

Bluntness100 Fri 08-Nov-19 14:10:14

Something like this.

www.johnlewis.com/whistles-slim-jersey-jacket-dark-green/p4275413

floffel Fri 08-Nov-19 14:30:57

I love that jacket suggestion thanks @bluntness

I’ve just spotted this top - would this work - plus points are v-neck and it has a ‘cool’ look about it. www.johnlewis.com/hush-v-neck-jersey-top/black/p4295242?size=m

SpuriouserAndSpuriouser Fri 08-Nov-19 14:58:26

I’ve just spotted this top - would this work - plus points are v-neck and it has a ‘cool’ look about it.

I like it! I think the low neckline balances out the baggy-ness, if that makes sense.

floffel Fri 08-Nov-19 15:02:10

You’ve enabled me @spurisor -jeans and top have been ordered - thanks everyone. Shall we keep this as an ongoing’hourglass’ thread?

Now .... what boots/shoes/trainers to Go with the jeans and the top? .................................. <told you I was hopeless>

happytobemrsg Fri 08-Nov-19 15:19:46

I’m an hourglass & I’ve discovered that:

* V neck tops work best, but you can break up high necks with long (usually layered) necklaces
* all trousers must be high waisted
* slightly oversized tops are ok so long as I tuck (a full or half tuck)
* dresses must have a belt to give definition to my waist
* small prints work best (polka dot, tiny flowers)

Hope that helps!

happytobemrsg Fri 08-Nov-19 15:21:05

Chunky shoes work best on an hourglass as they balance out your shape. I’m working up to this slowly so I wear Chelsea boots right now

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