How to dress a pear-shaped body

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

How to dress a pear shaped bodyIt’s a good idea to know your body shape and to dress for that shape; it’s far more flattering – and we at are all about looking the best we can (rather than blindly following fashion or celebs).

Curvy girls rejoice – we’ve got the ultimate guide to dressing your pear-shaped body right here. Find the best pants, skirts and dresses for pear-shaped bodies as well as a few expert hints for always looking your best!


The pear body shape is the most common female body shape. Grab a mirror and take a look: if your hips and backside are wider than your shoulders, you’re the lucky owner of a pear-shaped body. Pear-shaped bodies typically have a smaller bustline as well. Depending on your overall proportions, bustier pears may actually be an hourglass body style.


Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Christina Aguilera, Eva Longoria, Paris Hilton and Rihanna all have pear-shaped bodies. Yep, these gals tend to be both hippy and hip!


Style challenges include finding clothing items that fit both your waist (tiny) and your hips (a bit wider). Dresses can be a challenge because slim-cut fashion may not flare enough to accommodate the bottom half of your pear-shaped body, while remaining tailored to the top half of your body.
Speaking of tailored, find a good tailor and keep him or her on speed dial. Fashions that don’t fit quite right can quickly be remedied with a dart here and a tuck there.


1. Focus attention upward. Pear-shaped women should focus attention on the upper half of their pear-shaped body by choosing slim, fitted tops, button-down shirts and cardigans.
2. Embellish around the neck. Shirts and dresses with embellished necklines naturally draw the eye upward toward the slimmest part of a pear-shaped body.
3. Layer it up. Layering garments can balance a pear-shaped body by adding visual interest to the top half of the body.
4. Go for an A. A-line dresses and tops emphasize the upper body while slimming wider hips characteristic of a pear-shaped body.
5. Wide is good. Keep the hems of pants, skirts and dresses wide to visually balance a pear-shaped body. Pointy-toed shoes with wide-hemmed pants will elongate your legs.
6. Get a little structure. Structured pants are a great fit, especially those that skim the hips and thighs of a pear-shaped body. Avoid flashy embellishments like cargo pants, funky pockets or embroidery.

A well-chosen outfit that is flattering to your body shape (and not a beanpole model) is going to do far more for your appearance and confidence than any latest designer garb that doesn’t do anything for your particular look.

Written by Kristin Bustamante, this article originally appeared in Loving You

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  1. JADE

    thanks for the great tips on body shapes think its really important to know the correct way of dressing our bodies. makes a women proud when a women like KK feels proud of her body and doesn’t feel the need to be skinny – love yourself!!

    5 years ago •

  1. Hess

    Awesome article! If I’m in a category with Rihanna, Kim K and Eva Longoria, I don’t mind! Will try to draw more attention UP.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pulane

    great article!!! I am a pear shape & looking good…

    5 years ago •

  1. Henke

    People can say what they want about Kim… but she’s sexy and gutsy and she owns it! Go girl!

    5 years ago •

  1. Debbie

    I don’t think I am any of these. Probably more like a mellon.

    5 years ago •

  1. Swiegers

    I am so confused with what body shape I am.
    I think I am a pear.

    5 years ago •

  1. JamieBaby

    I love this shape, Kim K knows just how to strut her stuff :)

    5 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    Great article and Kim looks great too

    5 years ago •

  1. Guccigirl

    Any tips to help elongate and draw attention away from my legs is always great…. thank you!

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    I’m more interested how to get a flat stomach like that!

    6 years ago •

  1. Zu

    I used to be this shape or the hourglass, now i think im SQUARE shape hahaha… But this articles are surely my motivations

    6 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    You know, there are some of us that wish we had broader hips and full buttocks

    6 years ago •

  1. Botes

    I have always loved my curves, interesting read, thanx!!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    About time we embrace our curves!

    6 years ago •

  1. Debsie

    Thanks for the article, I have this problem.

    6 years ago •

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