Pear body shape guide to dressing.

The Ultimate Pear Shape Body Style Guide

If you have a pear shape body your upper body is smaller in proportion to your lower body. When measuring your body, your shoulder width is significantly smaller than your hip width. To know for sure if you have a pear shape, use the measurement guide.

 

 Pear Shape Characteristics

  • Small shoulder width
  • Small to medium sized breasts ( Cup A to C)
  • Thick thighs and calves
  • A generous bottom
  • You may have trouble finding the perfect pants

Dressing for Your Pear Body Shape

To dress your best try to play up the top half of your body and minimize the bottom. This will prevent the problem of over emphasizing any particular area and give you an overall balance in your dressing. You can also see more outfits by clicking here! If you are a petite (under 5’4”) you should also visit the “dressing for a petite body shape” page. Don’t forget to take the free style assessment as well!

Pear Shape Body Tops

Pear body shape tops

What to Look for in your Tops:

  • High neck
  • Crew neck
  • Ruffled necklines
  • Collard tops
  • Mandarin collars
  • Puffed shoulders
  • Puffed sleeves
  • Any creative details
  • Less fitted at the waist
  • Look for tops with a print and/or in light or vibrant colors

Avoid these tops:

  • Spaghetti strap tops
  • V necked or low necked tops

 

Blazers and Coats

Pear body shape blazers

What to Look for in Your Over Pieces:

  • Double breasted jackets
  • Shoulder pads
  • Less fitted at the waist
  • Narrow lapels (collars)
  • Chanel style
  • Military
  • Mandarin collar
  • Bright, light or vibrant prints and colors

Dresses

Pear body shape dresses

What to Look for in your Dresses:

  • Details around the neck and face
  • High necks and collars
  • Less fitted around your waist
  • Flows beautifully over your hips

What to Avoid in your Dresses:

  • Super fitted dresses
  • Any dress with pleating or bulk around the hips or bottom
  • Deep plunging necklines
  • Strapless dress
  • Halter dresses

Pants

Pear body shape pants

What to Look for in your Pants:

  • Bootcut, flare and wide legged pants
  • Classic straight leg trousers
  • Knee length shorts
  • Angle pockets or avoid pockets all together
  • Dark or muted colors
  • Little to no print
  • If you are using a print choose vertical stripes
  • You will need to get your pants tailored. When you buy pants buy them to fit your hips and thighs and get the waist taken in.

What to Avoid in your Pants:

  • Cropped pants that stop at your calves
  • Skinnies and tights
  • Pleating or any extra bulk
  • Large pockets
  • Horizontal stripes or patterns
  • Low density prints

 Skirts

Pear body shape skirts

What to Look for in your Skirts:

  • Straight skirts
  • Skirts that flow over your hips
  • Knee length
  • Angle pockets or avoid pockets all together
  • Dark or muted colors
  • Little to no print
  • If you are using a print choose vertical stripes
  • You will need to get your skirts tailored. When you buy skirts buy them to fit your hips and thighs and get the waist taken in.

What to Avoid in your Skirts:

  • Skirts that stop at your calves
  • Large pockets
  • Horizontal stripes
  • Low density prints
  • Skirts with pleating or extra bulk

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