Dressing A “Pear” Body Shape

by | Jun 9, 2020

Pear shapes are characterized by hips that are larger than their upper body.

They tend to have a well defined waist, small bust, and narrow shoulders.

To create the illusion of an hourglass shape, pear shapes, want to balance the upper and lower halves of the body, accentuating their narrow waistline.

Tops that have a v-neck, scoop neck, and boat necklines are going to draw attention to the upper half of the body. The eye is naturally drawn to skin, so open necks will draw attention away from the lower half of the body which creates balance between the bottom and top halves of your body. 

Puff sleeves and square necklines are going to make the shoulders appear wider, balancing out the lower half and creating the illusion of an hourglass shape.

Pear shapes may want to keep colors lighter, or bolder on your tops to draw your interest away from their hips.  This can also be done by wearing patterns on their blouses and tops, and keeping their bottoms solid in color.

These are great tops for a pear shape.

Jackets that hit at the high hip or are cropped will help accentuate a pear shape’s small waistline.  Longer coats and jackets that have a slight A-line shape will help draw attention away from the hip area. Pear shapes want to avoid jackets and tops that end at the widest part of your hip, which will make the top and bottom halves of their body appear to be the same size, making them look like a box, rather than an hourglass.  Leaving jackets open will also create a long visual line that really elongates the body.

These jackets look great on pear shapes.

Balancing your lower half can be done several ways, with A-line dresses and skirts, dresses with an empire waist, pencil skirts and flared skirts that skim the hips and hang straight down.

These dresses and skirts work well for pear shapes.

Flat front, wide leg, straight leg, and slightly boot cut styles are all great pant styles for pear shapes. Wearing darker colors on the bottom will help “hide” the hip area, however it’s not necessary. A white pant with great draping will look amazing, especially paired with a bright color on top to draw attention to your upper half to create balance. Also, don’t be afraid to try prints on the bottom. You may not think a large print is flattering, but a small print might work.

These pants will look great on pear shapes

I do want to caution my pear shapes to look at the waistband of the pants before trying them.  An excessive step in at the waist, as you can see below, is going to work great with your hips.

Waistbands that are similar in size to the hips will tend to gap at the waist. Don’t let that discourage you.  You can always have a tailor take the pants in at the waist.

Trouser Jean

These jeans work better on a “curvy” body shape.  The waistband is smaller than the hips.

Slim Boyfriend Jean

These jeans work better on a “rectangle” body shape. The waistband is similar in size with the hips.

Trouser Jean

These jeans work better on a “curvy” body shape.  The waistband is smaller than the hips.

Slim Boyfriend Jean

These jeans work better on a “rectangle” body shape. The waistband is similar in size with the hips.

Thursday we will be talking about “inverted triangle” shapes

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