Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is an Hourglass?
A woman with an hourglass shape has hips and bust that are about equal with a narrow waist that is more than 9" inches smaller than her hips/bust. For example, if you have a 34" waist and your hips and bust are 44", then you have a classic hourglass figure. For more details, see the Wikipedia article on female body shapes.
2. What is Hourglass Heaven?
It will be a heaven if you're an hourglass. If you have an hourglass figure, then you know how difficult it is to find clothes that fit and look good. All of the clothes will be designed to fit and look good on you. No pants that are too loose in the waist or too tight in the hips. No shirts that are either way too snug to be work-safe or so big they hide any trace of your waist. Dresses that fit; can you image that?
This will be a place you can finally find clothes designed for you that will fit you well and look great!
3. Will I fit into your clothes?
Do you have small waist? If your waist is about 10" smaller than your hips and bust, then you will fit into our clothing. In fact, our clothing is made specifically to fit you!
Here's our size chart:
We recommend choosing your size based on your largest measurement (bust or hips). The items do stretch, so if you're close to the measurements you will likely fit.
If you would like an item made for your measurements, please Contact Us to discuss custom sizing.
4. What bra cup size does your clothing fit?
Bra cup sizes vary a lot by manufacturer and by region.
If you're used to squeezing into department store bras, then you're probably wearing a DD or a DDD (and the band size may be too big for you).
If you're wearing a well-made bra designed to fit a larger cup size you may wear a E, F, G or H in European sizes or a H, I, J or K in North American sizes.
5. Where are your products made?
Our products are made in Canada.
The designs are by Hourglass Heaven and our company is based in Canada. Our clothing is manufactured locally in Metro Vancouver. We source our raw materials from Canadian suppliers wherever possible and the USA as the next choice.
Our fabric supplier is Canadian. All our notions and supplies (woven logo tags, care tags, hang tags, etc.) are sourced from Canada and the USA. We also make a point to choose products actually made in Canada or the USA wherever possible (not just sold by a US/Canadian company) and to work with and support other small startup companies.
For example, one exception is the zippers. The zippers are from a US supplier and the zipper manufacturer is YKK, which is a Japanese group of manufacturing companies. The choice is intentional; it's one of the best and sturdiest dress zippers available. Nothing similar is manufactured in Canada, as far as we know. (If you know differently, please Contact Us.)
6. Why did you start this company?
"I founded this company because I want women to have clothes that fit well and looks great!
I've had difficulty finding clothes that fit since I hit puberty. Most clothing is made for a mild pear shape & a B or C cup. That's no where near fitting an hourglass with a 9" or more difference between the bustline and the waist, wearing more than a DD+ cup!
I found it was impossible to find a little black dress that fit me. I was in Toronto at the time and I felt that if I couldn't find a suit or a nice party dress to fit me in such a big city, then there were other women with an hourglass shape having the same issue.
I want women to feel like there are options for clothing. I know some women go so far as to choose breast reduction surgery because they can't fit into most of the clothing made for women. I've had breast reduction suggested to me a number of times by people trying to be "helpful", most recently when I was searching for a suit in Toronto.
I don't want women to feel pressured and feel like they *have* to surgically alter their bodies to fit clothing. It's better to make clothes that are designed to fit women's bodies!"
Lalena Ann Whitcombe