I will be starting a series of fashion lessons on body shape over the next several Friday’s. This week, I will cover the Pear Shape. A Pear Shape is sometimes defined as having a defined waist, curvy hips and rounded thighs.
There can also be many variations. Some women with a Pear Shape may have rounded shoulders and a smaller bust. Consider that as the trade off for your amazing abs and tush!
When you have this shape, you want to be aware of a couple things. Accentuate you assets and maintain proper proportion. First, you want to highlight one of your biggest assets, your waistline. Wear belts, cinched dresses or jackets and even high waisted jeans.
Next, you want to make sure that you maintain proper proportion in your overall look. We have all seen someone who is wearing a pair of painted on jeans or skirt that just makes their thighs look too big. A prime example are the skinny jeans. A big fashion trend, but not for Pear Shapes. Another example for a Pear Shape don’t, are the high waisted tapered leg pants otherwise known as the “Mom Jeans”.
Opt for something that drapes from your thigh. The wider the line horizontally, the more structured the material you need. Here are some great examples of some flattering outfits for the Pear Shape.
Outfit #1 (left)
Here, I have an adorable jacket from Forever 21. This selection adds volume to the bust and the ruffled collar and sleeves adds dimension to the shoulder to camouflage a narrow shoulder. It is also cinched at the waist to bring you in at your smallest point.
The jeans are a trouser fit from the Gap. This fit will create proper proportion with the wider cut. The back pockets are flat. As Pear Shaped gals know, you must be careful with back pockets. A pocket with a flap will only add volume to an otherwise ample backside. 🙂 (I’m jealous, I am in the flat tush catergory)
Outfit #2 (right)
I have chosen a Boat Neck Sweater which will make your shoulders look wider with the horizontal line. There are also buttons on the shoulder of this sweater which adds to the effect. I have included a belt to cinch in the waist and the A line skirt will hide your thighs without adding bulk. It’s all in proportion.
I have added a pointy toe shoe to elongate the leg. If you have a thick ankle, be sure to avoid an ankle strap shoe. You will only accentuate that area.
I hope that this information is helpful. If you have a figure challenge that you would like me to write about, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will include it in this series. For more information on the items discussed in this post, please click on the Polyvore image.
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