The hourglass is one of four female body shapes. The hourglass body figure is the ultimate dream of many women. It is considered as the ideal body figure for it features really defined curves – with full bust nearly the same size with the hips, shapely legs and very small waist.
The other shapes are the rectangular, inverted triangle, and spoon. The hourglass shape is defined as a woman whose body measurements, the circumference of the bust, waist, and hips, are a wide bust, a narrow waist, and a wide hip that has similar measurements to that of the bust.
This body shape is aptly named for its resemblance to that of an hourglass where the upper and lower half are wide while the portion at middle is narrow in circumference making the ratio wide-narrow-wide. It has been the type of body figure that most people view as curvy, sexy and very womanly. If you are one of the lucky women who have an hourglass figure, there are lots of flattering apparels for you.
Women who exhibit the hour glass figure are proven to be more admired which puts pressure on other women who are less attractive to strive to achieve the hour glass figure. This in return leads to body dissatisfaction which can cause eating disorders in young women from all over the globe.
Some of the best examples of hourglass figures are Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren. Because of the curves that an hourglass body figure has, there are several fashion do’s and don’ts to make your figure stand out.
Hourglass figure Research
Recent research indicates men’s preference of the hourglass figure on women. These studies found that this shape was even more preferential than breast size or facial features. Despite most men being drawn initially to the woman’s cleavage, it was her hips and waist that were in fact what they found most attractive. Scientists discovered that the perfect size waist-to-hip ratio of 0.7, or a waist that measures 70 percent of the circumference of the hip. Some examples of women who possess or have possessed the “perfect” body were Marilyn Monroe, Jessica Alba and Alessandra Ambrosio. It should be noted that scientists have concluded that having such a figure is good for a women’s health and increases her rate of fertility.
With all the benefits to having this gifted frame, Scientists have also made a recent discovery in research. They found that only 8 percent of women now have the sort of hourglass figure flaunted by curvaceous 1950s film stars such as Sophia Loren. Designers and manufacturers continued to make clothes to fit a slim-line version of that figure. Of the 6,000 women’s body shapes analyzed, 46 percent were described as rectangular, with the waist less than nine inches smaller than the hips or bust. Just over 20 percent of women were bottom-heavy “spoons”, or pear shapes, with hips two inches larger than busts or more, while almost 14 percent were “inverted triangles” – women whose busts were three or more inches bigger than their hips. Wiki