Not everyone naturally carries an hourglass body, but anyone sure can work towards achieving one! All it takes is a little patience, determination, and the right set of tools. In fact, a common goal of most people who are into waist training is being able to healthily transform their physique and get as close to an hourglass figure as they can. However, before delving into the step-by-step process on how you can start your own routine, let us first understand what exactly we are trying to attain.
What is the hourglass figure?
It is a body type, mostly considered with the female anatomy in mind, which consists of a narrow waist, broad bust, and hips that align to them – basically, resembling an hourglass. This combination creates what society has dubbed the ”ideal” form since curves are exaggerated in all the right areas. In many cases, it can be instantly attained by simply wearing a waist trainer, and can be maintained with a disciplined waist training routine.
Some women, and even men, are born with this proportion and naturally carry it through adulthood. While others have the option to work on accentuating what they have instead. There are four other body types that each have their unique characteristics and multiple ways women can do to make them work to their advantage.
To be clear, having an hourglass figure has absolutely nothing to do with the dress size on your tag. You can be a size 2 or a size 24 and still be able to carry it well. What makes this body form click is simply highlighting the specific curves.
So if you were not born with it, but would like to have it, here are the 3 steps to take your natural body type and turn it into an hourglass form.
Step 1: Trim down your waistline
One of the main features of this body form is a skinny waistline. There are three ways you can do achieve this and it will work even faster if you utilize all three methods:
- Eating better
It is universally known that one’s diet is crucial to getting a better, healthier body. Whether you are looking to slim down, get toned, bulk up, or just to maintain what you have now, what you take in makes a huge difference.
To trim down your waist, we suggest to lower your overall calorie intake and focus more on food that keep you energized for longer periods such as fiber and protein. To maintain your physique, just make sure you get a good amount of intake and limit your sugar.
- Strengthening your core
A great way to keep that weight off and hasten your metabolism is squeezing in a workout or three every week. By involving core-strengthening exercises, you can focus on your abdomen, slim down your tummy, get rid of love handles, and ultimately trim down your waistline.
Exercising is also great for maintaining your weight with the added benefit of a more toned physique. Plus, you get to release those happy hormones that ensure you have a better day ahead.
- Wearing a waist trainer
As briefly mentioned, waist training can help you slim down both instantly and in the long run. The compression band works as a comfortable wrap that keeps your abdomen tight and toned, making you look thinner while wearing one and allowing you to slip into tight fitting clothing as well.
When done daily and paired with the first two methods above, you can keep the extra inches off and maintain the slender waist the longer you continue.
Step 2: Give your bust a boost
Now that you know how to work on your waist, it is time to focus on your chest area. A wider bust helps accentuate a slim torso all the more, so it is best to invest in tools then provide ample lift and support. If you were born with a naturally heavy bust, it is still helpful to get shapewear that help support your chest and prevent you from developing bad posture because of the heavy frontal load.
Two kinds of compression bands we most recommend for this are:
Step 3: Dress for your body type
Apart from enhancing your features through diet, exercise, and waist training, it can also be very helpful to dress in a way that highlights your best features, or rather the features you prefer to highlight. To know what your body type is, check out Tip #1 on our article How To Accentuate Your Features With A Waist Trainer.
After assessing which type is closest to your current physique, try these tips on how to dress for your shape and bring attention to all the right places:
Hourglass. Form fitting outfits, waist-cinching dresses, low-cut tops, and skinny jeans can help show off your natural curves.
Apple. Divert attention away from your midsection with wrapped tops, textured material, open necklines, leggings or skinny jeans. Statement belts can help draw attention on two of your best assets: bust and legs. To look taller and sleeker, try out tight fitting bottoms!
Rectangular. Create curves by wearing accented tops, tops with curved necklines, wide leg pants, or body hugging dresses.
Pear. Textured tops, low necklines, or statement accessories (think necklaces and scarves) are best for this body type. For bottoms, we recommend sticking to flowy and breezy ones rather than body hugging jeans.
Inverted triangle. Highlight your waist, legs, and rear by keeping your tops simple and pairing them with great fitting bottoms. Experiment by trying out different styles of shorts, skirts, and pants!
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