As you know I said I would be going through and explaining in detail the four different types of body shapes, the straight, hourglass, pear and apple, now I’m on to the 3rd body shape, the pear. The pear is basically a point up triangle, the bigger part of the body being the lower body; with the wider hips and bigger thighs dominating. Let’s have a look in a little more detail:
The pear shape is another one of the most common body shapes and the goal is to elongate the figure as all the attention is originally on the lower part of the body, you need to elongate the body so you look less bottom heavy and more in proportion, ideally creating the hourglass figure.
Now to be honest it’s not all that hard dressing for the pear shape, honestly you have more various choices in what to wear and experiment with! Just always remember to balance out your hips to your shoulders, add more structure to the shoulders, and play around with jackets and coats. Not forgetting the creation of curves, so whilst you balance out the shoulders to the hips remember to also add a thin belt around the waist to show off your tiny waist!
The main goal is to accentuate the upper body, so adding more structure to the shoulders creating definition around the neckline this can be done by clothing, scarf’s or even jewellery, basically taking the focus off the bottom half of your body and showing them all you have an upper body too 😉 Wear darker colours on the bottom, slimming flared jeans or A-Line skirts, always avoid prints!
Ok so above are some of the key tips in how to dress the Pear body shape. Below are a few more examples on the types of clothing to wear and types of clothing to avoid!
Ok so something like this is great as the detail on the shoulders adds more depth and creates structured shoulders balancing out the hips, the bright colour also helps. What I would have done also to define the waist more is a black thin belt.
This dress creates more movement on the upper body, with the ruffle detail as well as the black lace detail on the straps; the neckline is also dipped slightly elongating the figure. The material is loose and flowing which will flow over the hips and sit just above the knees showing of the slimmer part of your legs.
Ok so yes I did say avoid prints on the bottom half of the body, but then this is an exception, this contrast dress has the print on the top part with just a single line on the bottom part whilst the rest of the dress which covers the hips and thighs are all black which instantly slims the bottom half of the dress. The singular line creates the illusion of elongating the figure.
Shirts/tops and blouses such as this, with the deep v-neck shows of the slimmer part of the body with the structured shoulder balancing out the hips and with the additional detail of the bow which will only add more depth to the upper part of the body. I would wear this shirt tucked into either black flared jeans or trousers.
This blazer instantly adds the illusion of a taller figure which will take the attention away from bigger part of the body. The V-neck shows of the neckline and slim bust and waist. Create more attention by adding a slim silk scarf.
Your perfect partner! These black fitted flared jeans are great as they flare out at the bottom which create more movement and balance out the hips too. Any kinds of tops could be worn with jeans such as these, anything that will create attention!
As your trying to elongate the figure, what better way to that than to wear heels! These beauties are trending right now and with the added platform making it all that much easier to walk in. The contrast colours showing off your personality and allowing you to experiment with you jewellery and accessories too!
Below are some of the celebrities that are known for their famous pear body shape, just to give you an idea of how they dress.
Beyonce infamously famous for her curves! Here is a woman that definitely embraces her body and knows how to dress for it, leaving her looking amazing! Here she is pictured wearing an emerald green dress that is figure hugging, with a low scooped neckline showing off her slim upper body and sleeves that sit just on the shoulder creating the illusion of bigger shoulder perfect to balance out the hips.
Here us another picture of Beyonce, this time wearing dark straight jeans with a structured jacket, the jacket is definitely emphasises on the shoulder with the addition of shoulder pads as well as extra detail on the shoulders and neckline balancing out her hips and if anything making her lower body seem smaller!
Finally here is Christina Aguilera seen wearing a flared black skirt which instantly hides her big hips and thighs, pulled in by a black belt which sits just on the waist. She then wears an animal print blouse with a deep V-neck which instantly creates attention on her upper body!
Here are the top 5 tips to dress the pear:
1. Always go for flared/A-Line skirts
2. Opt for structured shoulders
3. Create more attention on the upper half of the body
4. Wear darker or bolder colours on the bottom half of the body
5. Go for deeper neckline and always wear heels!
Here are the 5 things to avoid:
1. Avoid wearing prints on the bottom half of the body
2. Avoid wearing flats as they will just make the bottom half of the body look bigger.
3. Avoid wearing tops that sit on the hips
4. Avoid tapered trousers as they will only make you look bigger
5. Avoid all over printed dresses!
Well that’s all I have for now! I hoped it helped and gives you just a little more information on how to dress for the pear shape! 🙂 Finally soon I will be covering the apple body shape.