The Pear Shape Body

The pear shape body is the most typical of the Anglo-European and Afro Caribbean female body types and has long been considered a very womanly figure.

Because it is such a regular female body type, the principal advantage is that retailers and manufacturers will cater for you because there is a lot of demand.

Because this is such popular subject within any discussion of female body types I have split the topic into two parts. This is page 1 of 2, to see page 2 - please see pear shaped body.

You already have curves so you need to look for clothes that will help balance out your figure. In particular giving you more emphasis and shape on your top half. Women with modest size boobs can emphasise them to draw the eye up and balance the figure, but if you have big breasts and not want the attention this can be more difficult.

This shape does not mean fat, it merely means your hips are wider than your top, as Shakira ably demonstrates (above). Many ladies with this figure have modest boobs but this page concentrates on style for those ladies that also have a big pair (oops).

How To Dress a Pear Shape Body

This can be difficult. You want to balance out your hips and that would ordinarily mean you would look to emphasise your top.

However you do not want to draw unnecessary attention to your boobs. This is therefore a real balancing act.

The key issue is to de-emphasise your hips but not to draw too much attention to your bust. I think the most important place to start is to de-emphasise the hips.

De-Emphasise The Hips, Unlike This.

Sometimes it is easier to illustrate a point by showing the opposite effect. You can see how the hips look bigger.

All tops should either finish above or below the hips, but never on them. Equally, you do not want any embellishments around the hips, bum (ass) and upper thighs as it will broaden them, as Jessica Simpson and Shakira demonstrate above.

Who would do this? Well women with inverted triangle shapes, i.e. bigger on the top half. They do it to balance out their figures.

Emphasize That Waist

Pear shape ladies often have well defined waists and this wonderful asset is something you should emphasise. Eva Longoria Parker does a nice job with a clearly defined waistline and a dark colour beneath. 

I try always to show pictures which clearly exhibit the point but many are from ladies on catwalks or 'dressed up'. I therefore like this photo of Laura Bush in the sort of dress that many women with a normal pear shape body might wear on a normal day. The belt defines the waist and it skims the hips.

Note also the high neckline. Ordinarily I recommend avoiding these if you are busty because they draw the eye. 

Pear Shape Women Should Draw
Attention To Their Top Halves

Perhaps a surprising role model but I thought Laura Bush provided a good simple example of how to draw attention up from your hips. On the left she sports a tailored jacket with the buttons closed to cinch in her waist and the (light cloured) blouse collar contrasting with her jacket collar to draw up the eye.

{For the non-Americans out there, that is Mrs (ex President) George W. Bush. I make no political comment / jokes etc I merely think she is an interesting role model.}

Another simple but effective trick is simply wearing dark colours below the waist and light colours above. Add a little clever detailing and the eye is automatically drawn up.

The above two pictures should really go in the section below because they are all about drawing the eye up to the shoulders but I wanted to keep all four Laura Bush pictures together, to give the lady a bit of credit for knowing what to wear for a pear shape body.

In none of these pictures is there any hint of a big bottom - and that ladies is what this has to be all about.

Emphasize Your Shoulders

Many ladies have narrow shoulders so it is a clever device to make them look broader and therefore your whole top half look wider; strapless, asymmetrical or halter-necks dresses are a good look.

This is useful as it broadens your top without over-emphasizing your big bust which is your constant dilemma.

Skim The Hips

As the Anne Fletcher dress above beautifully shows, a dress that skims the hips is a very flattering look on a pear shape body type.

It may be obvious when you study it but the trim defining the waistline and the trim on the flattering scoopneck, combine to make this a really good look for a pear shape figure.

  • To return to the top of the page, click pear shape body
  • Because this subject justifies more detail I have created a second page which concentrates on the lower half and trousers (pants) and skirts in particular. I strongly recommend you review page 2 too. See pear shaped body
  • To read about other body types please go back to the main section page on female body types
  • Or head back to the Home Page, If you prefer a more specific discussion on clothes for big breasts


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Please remember, we are all different. You may like to wear certain clothes and styles which I am suggesting that you should not. That is your absolute right. Do what makes you feel good. This site undeniably goes for the more modest approach because I feel all busty ladies already know how to be more racy if they wish.

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Do Not Bring Attention To Your Hips Unnecessarily

As ever, dressing well is a matter of what not to wear as much as wearing what suits.

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A low slung belt or any extravagent detail on the hips is really not a good idea.

A belt is fine but use it to define your waist. This young lady does not have a pear shape body but it is the principle that matters.




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