You call yourself pear-shaped when you have a heavier and broader lower body when compared to the upper body – ie. narrow shoulders, small bust, slender neck and somewhat shapely waist vs full thighs and broad hips. It is that simple. But dressing this shape is anything but simple.
So what is the problem? Well, finding clothes that fit the big curvy hips and broad thighs, while getting it slim enough to be fitting at the narrower waist and shoulders and bust.
It is difficult to get pants/ jeans which fits the so-called thunder thighs without the waist gaping. With dresses, when the hips fit, the bodice is baggy and loose and when the bodice is perfect you cannot move. Does this sound familiar?
One comfort in all this is that A LOT OF women in this world belong to this category ; the list of celebrities with this bodyshape reads like a who is who – Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Christina Aguilera, Eva Longoria, and Rihanna
And it is considered the most healthiest ( You don’t believe me -read the article here). The most important characteristic shared by all pear shaped girls, the wide hip is considered an indicator of a fertile body – though I do not think it is much of a comfort in these times.
Finding clothes that suit Pear shaped body
If you are buying or making clothes you will need to know what clothes best suit your pear-shaped body (or a triangle shaped body which is one and the same as the pear shape) – this involves finding out how we can broaden the shoulder, slenderize the hip, and elongate the legs. In short, create an illusion of slimness along the lower part of the body with the clothes we wear. Some simple tips can make you forget about your big thighs and hips.
4 Do’s in dressing a pear shaped body
First and foremost thing you can do is to take away attention from the lower part of your body. SHOW OFF YOUR UPPER BODY. This can be achieved by adding additional details on the upper body clothes. You need to keep eyes on the more slender top part of your body with Embroidery, patches, pockets, frills, ruching, beadwork, and the works
Listen to what the famous Designer Betsey Johnson said ” I used to design for my body, which was flat-chested with big hips. That’s why my clothes were tight on top with full skirts”. This is very sound advice.
Next is to create an impression of length there, down under. Wearing vertical lines along the body on the lower bottom part of the body can help.
On the lower part of the body wear a dark color, as dark colour causes an illusion of slimness. Using the same colour for the bodice and for the skirt/ pants is best at creating length but this maynot be possible always and can be so boring ; so wear a light colour on top and a darker colour as the bottom.
Do wear tall boots or stilettos so that the legs look longer, even if it kills you; this is especially useful for girls with short legs.
4 Dont’s for choosing clothes for pear-shaped body
Avoid horizontal lines across the body, especially on the lower body .
Do not wear too baggy clothes or too tight clothes ; both can make you look broad and odd. Loose baggy ill fitting clothes donot help to hide anything, so donot try.
Do not wear accessories anywhere near the hips like a hip belt, or bags that hang near the hips
Do not wear anything that brings attention to the hip area. This includes embellishments, interesting details, bright colors
Choose clothes with sweetheart neckline, scoop neckline or square neckline; all these necklines broadens the upper body. A neckline with some (or a lot of) embroidery can do wonders for this figure. A V-neck generally slims – so avoid this for a traingle shaped body. But a plunging V neckline can still be good.
Collars are also good – embellished ones even better.
Cowl neck creates volume in the upper body. Add a scarf around the neckline in a cowl type style, if you have on a simple neckline. Check out some easy scarf tying styles here.
Choosing blouses/tops for the triangle shaped body
Ensure that attention stays on the top part of the body by wearing blouses/ tops with embellishments, interesting colors, collars; preferably wear light coloured tops
You can choose either short tops ending near the waist or long tops skimming past the hips . Do not choose hip length tops as the eye is drawn to this area
Shoulder pads on tops /jackets can broaden the shoulder and make the hip look less broad.So does cold shoulder sleeves, puffed sleeves, tulip sleeves and other embellished sleeves
Stripes and checks and prints on the tops can visually broaden your upper body. This can balance big hips and derriere with the rest of your body
If you are wearing a simple top, layer with a short jacket – this will add to the area.
If you have a small bust size with broad hips, you can wear close fitting tops that will hug your curves and emphasize your shape – choose tops with some embellishments or details on this area like pretty pockets, gathered bodice, smocked bodice, ruffles on the neck, embellished collars etc. Cowl neckline can suit you. Drapes on the bodice, ruching etc can also look good.
If you want to you can even try a padded bra or push up bra, just for balance and nothing else.
Choosing Pants & Jeans for a pear shape
Choose pants with a good enough ease; don’t select too tight pants that will bring all the eyes there. A flowing fabric is good. Avoid heavy weight fabric.
Ensure that your pants donot have any embellishment or eye lingering details. Pockets in contrasting colours , ruffles, pleats, gathers etc , as already said, should be on the top of the body, not the bottom half. Say an emphatic no to cargo pockets and other fancy pockets on your pants.
Avoid the heavily distressed / ripped jeans that will bring all the attention to your hips and legs.
Choose dark colours and avoid prints on your pants and shorts – anything which will make the hip and thighs less prominent than the upper body
A knee length shorts is better for a pear shape than a shorter version.
Flared legged pants are suitable for the wide hip figure, not the thin cigerette pant style which tapers down.
But if you find that pants and jeans make you look bottom heavy, opt for comfortable, not too tight or see-through leggings under tops as they stretch and accommodate your larger hips all the while hugging your small waist. If you must wear tights atleast let them have vertical stripes; they can elongate your legs.
Gowns and Dresses for pear shaped
Choose a style of dress which will closely fit the upper body but allow the skirt to freely fall over your hips. A fit and flare dress is a good choice; it fits this criteria.
Empire waist dress is also perfect for a pear-shaped person, as is a wrap dress. It hugs the upper portion and creates curves and skims the lower part of the body, without bringing the eye to that part.
Strapless dresses can look good if you have shapely shoulders.
Look out for dresses that have detailing at the bust area, such as ruffles, tucks, and pockets
Avoid dresses which are very short.A dress or gown with a softy gathered waistline can emphasize the waist.