Your body type is: Pear
- Your hips are larger than your bust
- You have a nicely defined waist
- You have an elegant neck and proportionately slim arms and shoulders
- You first gain weight in your bottom and legs flowed by your tummy and upper body
- Your waist is your best asset so don’t be afraid to show it off
How to Dress a Pear Shaped Body
The key to dressing a pear body shape is to enhance and add volume (or the illusion of volume) to your upper body while emphasizing your waist and de-emphasizing your lower body to create a balanced, hourglass appearance. Learn more about how to dress a pear shaped body by by mixing and matching the below suggested separates .
Tops for a Pear Body Shape
When dressing a pear body type, look for tops that will will help balance your lower half while accentuating your defined waist:
- Tops with nipped or fitted waists.
- Off the shoulder, boat-neck tops, wide V or U necks.
- Structured shoulders, princess or flutter sleeves.
- Embellishments around the bust and shoulders.
- Bright colors and bold patterns.
- Billowy tops that add volume to the bust with a snug fitting waist. Add flutter or princess sleeves for a more dramatic effect.
- Shirts with a fitted waist, and embellishments around the bust and shoulders to balance your lower half.
- Find dress shirts with structured or princess shoulders and a darted waist.
- Wear wrap shirts that emphasize your small waist with full or structured shoulders and a wide neckline. Wear a padded bra for an enhanced effect.
- Jackets with full or structured shoulders and a nipped-in waist in hip-length. Draw attention to your bust with pockets or details. Stay away from lower pockets.
- Off the shoulder shirts or shirts with wide necklines and a fitted or nipped-in waist will widen and draw attention to your slim shoulders and emphasize your small waist.
Bottoms for a Pear Body Shape
To dress a pear body type, look for bottoms that will minimize your lower half:
- Lightly gathered skirts that skim your body without adding volume.
- Avoid details such as whiskering and embellished pockets.
- Pants that fall straight from the widest part of your hip.
- A-Line skirts.
- Darker colors, clean lines and simple stitching.
- A-line skirts that gently skim your body help to de-emphasize your bottom.
- Look for lightly gathered skirts that skim your bottom without adding volume.
- Simple, dark colored slacks with no (or minimal) pockets with a mid-rise waist. Choose relaxed fits that fall straight down from the widest part of your hip.
- Dark washed, boot-cut or trouser-cut jeans that fall straight down from the widest part of your hip. Avoid whiskering and embellished or small rear pockets.
Swimsuits for a Pear Body Shape
To dress a pear body type, look for bottoms that will minimize your lower half and tops that add volume to your bust and create the illusion of an elongated shoulder line:
- Wide-set straps.
- Moderate to full coverage bottoms.
- Dark bottoms or waist bands.
- Scoop or high-cut legs.
- Light colored tops that are ruffled, embellished, patterned or padded.
- Light colored or bold patterned tops with wide-set straps. Choose a padded or push-up top to balance your lower half.
- Ruffled or embellished tops that will draw the eye up while balancing your lower half.
- Choose darker colored, moderate coverage bottoms with a higher cut leg. Bottoms that are too horizontal in cut or have too much coverage will make your bottom look larger.
- One piece bathing suits with lighter colored or embellished busts and wide-set straps. Choose a higher-cut leg to reduce the visual width of your hips.
- Choose tankinis with light, patterned or embellished tops with wide-set straps. Pair with darker bottoms. Choose a top with underwire and padding to enhance the effect.