How To Dress A Pear Shaped Body « Stylelogue

How To Dress A Pear Shaped Body

September 9th, 2010

Pear shape body

Pear Characteristics

A defined waist

Larger hips and thighs

Narrower shoulders than hips

Wear larger size on bottom than top

How To Create Visual Balance

~ You need to balance your top half with your lower half by wearing clothes that make your shoulders look broader

~ Your jackets and tops need to finish either above or below the widest point of your hips and bottom

~ Layering on your top half creates visual interest and draws the eye upwards

~ Wear volume, clutter, pattern, colour on your top half, so hips and thighs will seem narrower

~ Wear fitted styles around your waist and always accentuate your waistline e.g. empire line, wraps, fitted lines

~ Make your shoulders look broader with e.g. shoulder pads, puffed sleeves, cap sleeve t-shirts, boleros


~ Narrowing leg, pleats or creases in your leg line, pinstripe suits, turn-ups in your trousers, wide or flared leg lines. Also avoid combat or cropped trousers or culottes

~ Details, patterns, pockets on your thigh and hip area and belts on your hips

~ Flared or ruffled sleeve lines, straight skirts or pencil skirts

~ Bags that sit on your hips

~ Ankle straps, kitten heels, delicate footwear, round toe shoes, ankle boots with straps around your calf area, Uggs

~ Mini skirts or any other hemline (including single or double vents in jackets) that finishes on your hips, thighs or any other full point of your leg

~ Dropped waistlines or dropped panels

~ Sloping or narrow shoulder lines

Ideas For Pear Shapes- Work, Dressy And Casual

Dresses And Skirts

Red dress for pear shaped body

Boat neck and big sleeves balance narrow shoulders and small bust.

Navy dress for pear shaped body

Full skirt balances hips and wide collar opens neck, making it appear broader.

Smart skirt for pear shaped body

Straight, tailored skirts pull in and balance hips.

Tops For Pear Shapes

Black formal top for pear shaped bodies

Big sleeves draw the focus to upper body, away from larger areas.

Casual top for pear shaped bodies

Wide neck and draping balances broader hips

Navy dressy top for pear shaped bodies

Long tunic styles conceal hips and wide straps broaden shoulders.

~ Trousers & Jeans ~

Trousers and jeans for pear shaped bodies

Boot cuts, fitted at hips and bottom, are the most flattering trouser shapes for pear shape bodies.

Jackets For Pear Shapes

Smart, grey jacket for pear shaped body

Puff sleeve shoulder detail, fitted waist and open collar all create shape and focus away from hips and thighs.

Casual, light grey jacket for pear shaped body

Boxy, structured shoulders and gently, fitted tailoring, flatter pear shapes.

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