Don't hide your silhouette in baggy dresses - you have such an enviable body shape, you should show it off. The best dresses for an hourglass figure are shift dresses or body-con style - it will skim the body and follow your curves, and really maximise your best assets.
A 1950s-style frock is perfect for you: look for a fitted top, tailored waist and a gathered A-line or pleated skirt. Don't be afraid of strapless dresses, you generally have arms and shoulders that are in proportion to the rest of your body. (You can always add a shrug or wrap if you feel too exposed.)
Hourglass dresses tend to be tight fitting: if you're worried about any lumps and bumps, invest in some body control underwear - a support slip dress which sits under the bust line helps create a soft line from the waist to the hip. If you haven't had a bra fitting recently, book yourself in - it will make sure everything sits in the right place under your dress.
Look for features in clothes that will enhance your body shape. Pleat details on the upper body and neckline will draw attention to this area. A V-neck or scooped neckline work well for you. Couple a V-neck with some capped sleeves to further emphasise your curves.
Take note of the hemline: just above the knee is perfect for you, as it will show off your shapely calves.
Electric blue dress, John Lewis, £139 Shoes, stylist's own
Director: Micci Bamford Styling: Electra James Additional Styling: Lucy Heather Hair:Pushpa Kara Make-Up:Ariane Poole