As bodies come in all shapes and sizes, finding the right clothing to flatter our figures can sometimes be a minefield. While fashion for us is about having fun and reflecting our personal styles, having an idea of our body types helps us work out which fits will accentuate our best features and ensure we feel confident in our clothes.
One of the most common body types for women is the pear shape, a term you’ve probably heard before. But what is a pear shaped body exactly?
Classic pear shapes are characterised by having their hips and bottom wider than their shoulders and bust. If you have a slimmer upper body but tend to carry your weight around your hips and lower half, you’re likely a pear shape. Sound like you? Here at Kit and Kaboodal, we’ve got the low-down on how to dress for a pear-shaped figure and make the most of your shape!
When it comes to how to dress for a pear shape, there are a few easy tips to remember. As pear-shaped figures have narrower shoulders and bust than hips, the main aim when picking an outfit is to balance out your figure by emphasising your top half and drawing attention upwards. Some easy dressing tips include:
Adopting these small changes into your wardrobe can help to subtly create the illusion of more balanced proportions; helping your hips appear smaller and your slimmer shoulders appear proportionally broader.
From the weekday to the weekend and special occasions, if dresses are a key component to your wardrobe, getting your fit right is key. There are a few guidelines to follow when it comes to dresses for pear shapes that you can experiment with and find the style that makes you feel your best.
In terms of style, A-line or fit and flare skirts are ideal pear shape dresses, as they skim past your hips in a flattering manner and won’t cling to the widest part of your body. Wrap dresses can also be great dresses for pear shapes, as they help to accentuate your slimmer waist.
Dresses with statement sleeves are also a flattering option when it comes to dresses for pear shapes, as they help to draw the eye up and balance out your body. Similarly, embellished collars or off-shoulder necklines work in the same way to add volume to your upper half and attract the attention towards your petite waist and shoulders. If your dress doesn’t include these features, you can also achieve the effect by being clever with accessories and opting for a statement necklace or pretty scarf.
Finding the right pair of jeans is notoriously difficult, regardless of your body type. To help you find that perfect pair, we’ve got a few basic tips to look for before you buy.
So, what type of jeans should a pear shape wear? When it comes to jeans for pear shapes, there are some fits that work to flatter your figure better than others. As pear shapes have proportionally slimmer waists than their hips and legs, it’s often hard to find jeans that fit just right. One tip is to opt for mid-rise or high-rise jeans that sit above the hip bones or the belly button, as will help to create a smooth silhouette and avoid that unwanted gaping at the waistband of your jeans. Bootcut jeans and the recent renaissance of the flare are both great options for pear-shaped ladies, as they help to balance out your hips and legs.
Pear shaped figures may want to avoid skinny jeans, as they can emphasise the width of your hips and bottom. However, if you don’t want to forgo skinnies completely, opt for darker shades of denim that tend to be more forgiving and won’t pull the focus to the lower half of your outfit.
When it comes to trousers for pear shapes, similar rules apply as jeans for the pear shape. We recommend avoiding skinny or very slim trousers in favour or straight or flared styles that will create a flattering balance between your legs and hips.
Alongside flares or bootleg trousers, wide-leg trousers and harem pants are more great options for pear shapes, as they will skim past your hips rather than cling to your sides (bonus: they’re super comfortable and will give you lots of room to move around!)
When choosing trousers for pear shapes, it’s also important to consider details such as pockets and embellishments, as these will draw the eye down. Beware of front pockets that sit at the hips and bulge out slightly to the side, as these will emphasise your widest area rather than create the smooth and streamlined silhouette that best flatters your figure.
Now you know how to dress for a pear shape, you can halve your time in the changing rooms and fill your wardrobe with outfits that truly fit and flatter your shape. Whether you’re petite or plus-size, we’ve got a variety of different styles that will help you both look and feel your best. Check out our blog How to Dress For Your Shape for more tips and explore our tops picks for pears below!