The Pear Shaped Body

A pear shaped body is actually the most common of the female body types in North America, Europe and Africa. What really matters is to ensure you wear outfits that suit your curves and avoid styles and features which do not.

Because there is so much to cover I split this topic into 2 parts. This is actually page 2 of 2 parts. To see page 1, click pear shape body

In this section I discuss:

  1. Tops´╗┐
  2. Jackets
  3. Skirts
  4. Trousers / Pants

How to Dress the Pear Shaped Body

(1) What Tops To Wear

Pear Shaped Body
Colourful tops suit pear shaped body types

The normal advice for a pear shaped body type is to wear bold tops to draw the eye up and balance those hips. The dilemma for a large busted lady is that you might not want to draw too much attention to your top so this is a careful balancing act.

The pictures above are great examples of bold colours which draw the eye up. Combine it with dark colours beneath and it is a real winner.

Bold can be achieved through colour, patterns, detail or texture. It is one area you should take time to experiment with as you will find styles that suit your complexion, shape and personality.

Tops - Avoid Shapeless and Baggy

It is important to try and wear fitted or tailored tops to define your figure. If you have a pear shaped figure it is best to avoid baggy and shapeless at all times as it will create an amorphous blob look from that big bust down to the hips.

# If you are young enough and / or have the figure and the confidence a bare mid-rift look can work, as a big expanse of flesh always draws the eye. It is also highlighting that shapely waist.

# The other important issue is to avoid anything where the hem finishes at the widest point of your hips. It should end above or below.

The following is perhaps unfair but Scarlett Johansson's purple dress (above) has creased right at the widest point of her hips and it really draws the eye.

She is not particularly 'hippy', so it is a really good example of why you should never draw attention, for example with your jacket hem, to the widest point of your hips.

That said, most ladies with a pear shaped body looking at this concept will instinctively know that it will not work for them, however sometimes I have to state the obvious to reinforce the message.

Wear White

Women with these female body types have traditionally shied away from white tops. Some women even state they find the colours frightening and do not feel it is safe. BUT and it is a big but, it can create balance. In fact it helps reduce a big butt!

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Wear dark colours on your bigger bottom half and light colours on top and you will be staggered at the instant slimming effect.

Yes, it may highlight your boobs a little more but it gives you balance and that is one of the least understood secrets of style.

It is of course a trade off. Would you prefer to de-emphasize your hips or that rack?

A nice pair or a large pear?

Or is that a nice pear and a large pair?

(2) Jackets For A Pear Shaped Body

Look at jackets or tops with wide shoulders or detail at that level. Eva Longoria and Shakira show two styles. I would suggest the jacket on the left is better as it is more fitted and narrows at the waist. In both these examples the buttons are not fastened.

The other issue is to ensure the bottom edge finishes either below the widest point of your hips, or above. Eva Longoria's hem line (on the left) is just below her hips. That one or two inches makes a serious difference.

I will look at the whole subject of jackets in far more detail elsewhere but will simply add that a fastened jacket with a V shaped neckline is usually a very good look for big busted women.

The other issue of course is colour as discussed above. Unlike the two pictures above you really should think about wearing a dark skirt, pants / trousers, jeans on the bottom half and a lighter colour on top.

This might seem obvious to many pear shaped women but it is worth labouring the point. There is an excellent example, in the unlikely guise of Mrs Laura Bush, on the 'sister page' titled the pear shape body

(3) Skirts for the Pear Shaped Body

The A-line skirt is a favourite for the woman with a pear shaped body. The waist is nipped in and then the skirt flares out over and away from the hips. The flat front also emphasises your trim waist.

This is a classic case of contradiction and illusion because the skirt can be almost baggy and it is around your lower half which you would think you would wish to avoid. But it works as the A-line is drawing the eye out away from your hips.

With a pair of shapely legs popping out of the bottom, the mind's eye spots the contradiction and assumes it is all billowy material. Meanwhile your hips and thighs are tucked quietly away. A pencil skirt to the knee may sound wrong but can work incredibly well too.

What not to wear? Anything tight or clingy around the hips. It may look great on a catalogue model or mannequin but it will highlight lumps and bumps you do not want to announce.

What else to avoid? Almost anything with ruching, pleating, 

A final tip: Longer legs make hips and thighs look thinner, fine if you have them but if not, why not cheat and wear higher heels? Conversely, be wary of wearing flat shoes, dolly shoes or flip, flops (thongs for Aussies) with an A line skirt as they can make that butt look big.

If you are okay in heels, 'get it on'. We all know legs look more shapely in heels and even a small heel will help you extend and lengthen your look vertically, as opposed to horizontally, in fact this is a truism for all female body types.

(4) Trousers / pants

This site is primarily concerned with de-emphasizing big busts and so I will not spend too long on this issue. It is however worth a brief mention because so much to do with style concerns the whole look.

Generally pear shaped women can wear most types of pants / trouser style. However try and ensure the jacket hem does not stop at your broadest point.

Of course you can also go for wide legged trousers and accessorize with funky belts to nip in and emphasize that waist. Be under no illusion, your waistline is a major asset and you may wish to take a peek at the page devoted to it by clicking the above link.

As per the section on skirts, flat fronted trousers highlight your taut torso and are another good look. Also dark colours are slimming so wear these below the waist not above.

The bottom line - quite literally where the leg ends; can be important too. Try to opt for wide legs, possibly boot cuts - because that extra material helps create balance. 

If you have slim, toned or long legs you may wish to experiment with drainpipe or slim legged trousers but be wary. Too much tapering can make your bum (ass) look big.

  • To return to the top of the page, click pear shaped body
  • I strongly advise you go to the 'sister' page 2 for more discussion on other clothing dresses for this body type, particularly the best dresses for a pear shape body
  • To read other about female body types, particularly if you are a mix of two shapes go to the section head
  • To go to the main Home page, click clothing for large busts.


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