Quick and short, pear-shaped is bottom heavy. Wide at the bottom, narrow at the top. Not clear enough? Think of a pear, its skin all shiny and green, slender at the top, gently increasing in girth and diameter, flaring out at the bottom. That's what a pear-shaped human would look like (minus the green color of course). Since that's out of the way, we can finally get started discussing what apparel best suits this body type.
Let's talk about the advantages of having a pear-shaped body. To start with, you don't have a big bust to add to your worries. Next, you probably don't have very broad shoulders either. The important part is this: you will have advantages, everybody does - it could be a long neck, slender arms, rounded shoulders, a slender waist, or shiny hair, but there will be multiple things you have going for you. The trick is to highlight the good and downplay the bad. Now, let's get down to brass tacks, and deal with your best options as listed below.
Dressing the Pear-shaped Body
Since the lower half of your body is more generous that the upper, the idea is to create some balance by focusing the eye on the upper half, and drawing it away from the hips and thighs. While this can be done in a number of ways, some wardrobe basics to keep in mind are as follows:
- Wear darker fabrics as lowers and bright, lighter tops.
- Choose flared skirts and dresses.
- Choose fabrics and fits that skim the hips, then fall straight.
- Shoes make a big difference - wearing heels will add length to your body.
Choosing the right pair of jeans is a very basic necessity. The best way to do this is to try on several pairs in various styles, and then arrive at what looks best. You could also look up a conversion chart for jeans sizes before you hit the stores, so you know what size to start with. In general, the following rules will work best for a pear-shaped body:
- Choose lightweight denim in dark colors with a bit of stretch for the best fit.
- Bootleg cuts and flared jeans will give you a longer, leaner look and balance the body.
- Pay attention to the back pockets - tiny pockets make your rear look large, as will pockets that are far apart. Choose a pair with pockets that sit low - this will make your bottom look higher.
- Avoid tapered legs, baggy fits, skinny and high-waisted jeans - all these are a no-no for this body type.
When choosing dresses, pear-shaped bodies will benefit from A-lines and flared skirts. A common mistake is to wear loose fitting, shapeless skirts, which add weight instead of detracting. So choose styles which skim the hips and flare slightly. Keep the length at or just below the knee; this elongates the legs, especially if you're wearing high heels. Since your upper half is slim and not heavy, strapless dresses or those with delicate straps are versions you can carry off with ease. Bathing suits similarly, should reflect the same fundamentals; pick halter tops or bandeau swimsuits which draw attention to your bust line and enhance it.
Finally, enjoy your body. The pear-shaped body type is one of the easiest to dress. Follow a diet if you feel the need to cut down on fat. Stay fit, eat healthy, and stay confident; if you feel good, you'll look good―guaranteed!