Cataloging our bodies into specific body shapes has helped thousands of women around the world to dress proportionately.
Our eyes find beauty in symmetry and balance. Therefore, learning how to visually “balance” our bodies is super useful, especially for those that don’t feel confident with a specific body part.
In this article, you’ll find everything you need to know about a pear-shaped body: what it is, how to know if you’re pear-shaped, how to dress this body type and what not to do.
What is a pear-shaped body
First of all, all body types are perfect. There’s nothing wrong or “bad” with any.
Learning to love our bodies how they are is one step towards looking great because your confidence will shine through your clothes.
That being said, what is a pear-shaped body?
A pear-shaped body type is that which:
– has curvy and full hips
– shoulders narrower than hips
– thick thighs
– round and full booty
– the waist is wider than bust (or slightly the same)
Picture these characteristics and you can understand why this body type is named after a pear. What makes it different than other shapes is the big and sexy bottom pear shaped bodies have.
How do you know if you’re a pear-shaped body type?
Knowing which body group type you belong to is not always easy. To know if you’re truly a pear-shaped body and not an hourglass or square type, first, you need to look at yourself carefully at the mirror.
One easy way of really knowing if you’re a pear-shaped body is to look at your waist. If it’s a bit (or noticeably) narrower than your shoulders, then you’re most probably an hourglass than a pear-shaped.
Another tip that will help you find out is to think about those times when you’ve gained weight. Did your weight go directly to your thighs, booty, and hips? If so, then you’re most probably a pear-shaped body.
Likewise, if you always considered your booty one of your greatest assets? If you have a round and full rear, then congratulations! You can enjoy one of the pear-shaped body types of best features.
And lastly, measure your hips: if they’re at least 5% wider than your bust, you’re surely a pear-shaped body.
How to dress a pear-shaped body type
As I mentioned previously, knowing which body type you belong to will help you know how to “visually balance” your proportions.
There are some clothes for pear-shaped body type that help balance your curvy and full hips, and others that help you accentuate your hips as well. Whichever you feel like doing, it’s important to take notes of these following tips on how to dress a pear-shaped.
1. Add volume to your shoulders
As a pear-shaped body type, I can tell you that my narrow shoulders are one thing I love to balance. Adding volume to the shoulders is one of the things pear-shaped bodies can do in order to simulate a curvy hourglass shape.
Ruffles, puffy or cold/off-shoulder tops are perfect for adding volume to the shoulders. Anything that will make them look broader, just like your hips, will flatter a pear-shaped body type.
If you want to simulate an hourglass figure, opt for broadening your shoulders with these types of tops. In that way, your shoulders will look with the same measurement as your hips, with the benefit of a slim waist typical of a pear-shaped body.
What to avoid
Avoid halter tops as they will only make your shoulders look even narrower.
2. Bring attention to your chest and neck
A pear-shaped body can’t help but bring attention to its hips, so shifting that attention to the chest or neck is one effective way of balancing the proportions.
How to do so? Opt for:
You don’t need to show any cleavage if you don’t want to. Any type of v-neck top will draw attention to your upper half.
Same as a v-neck, a scoop neck will highlight your neck and chest, shifting the eye’s attention upwards rather than staying right at your hips.
3. Tuck your top
Many pear-shaped women think that in order to “hide” their curvy hips the tops should be left untucked. But that’s not the case.
Tucking your top inside your bottoms will highlight your natural and slim waist. If you opt for necklines like the ones mentioned above, the attention will be drawn to the upper half as well.
So tucking in your tops will only make the most of your pear shaped body, regardless of the bottom you wear.
4. A-line dresses and skirts
A-line dresses and skirts are a pear shaped body’s best friends.
Opt for dresses that highlight your waist. These can have a belt, an elastic that cinches at the waist or can be simply cut in a way that fits your waistline perfectly.
These are some cute and different dresses for pear shaped bodies that feature an A-line cut:
A-line skirts tend to naturally highlight your waist, which makes them perfect for any pear-shaped. All you need to do is pair it with either a crop and/or tight top or a fitted one tucked inside to make the most of this skirt type.
These are some A-line skirts for pear-shaped bodies:
Tip: Opt for high waisted skirts to accentuate your small waist.
What to avoid
Avoid any type of skirt has noticeable pockets right at the hips and low waisted skirts.
5. Flared or wide-legged pants
These types of bottoms look great on any pear-shaped body because it elongates your legs and makes your body look balanced.
You can add a cute belt, or opt for pants with a tie band. As long as these bottoms are high or at least mid waisted, your hips and legs will look great.
These are some cute pants for pear shaped bodies you can wear:
If you have really curvy and full hips and feel self-conscious about this, opt for dark color bottoms and brighter tops.
What to avoid
Always avoid any type of bottom that’s low waist or has pockets that add volume to the hips.
6. Wear layers
Apart from summer days, you can wear layers anytime! They flatter a pear-shaped body type because adds some volume to your upper half.
The best type of layers you can wear are those that are structured and are mid-hip or right above the hips.
What to avoid:
Jackets or cardigans that are long or sit right on the hips.
Looking at how other women that share the same body type dress and style their clothes is one way of getting ideas on what flatters you.
These celebrities have a gorgeous pear-shaped body and know how to make the best of it.
Jennifer Lopez has not only an amazing body, but she’s also a pear-shaped body. A really toned and sexy pear-shaped, but still share the same features as any other.
A high waisted pant looks great on her body:
Kim Kardashian is another sexy pear shaped. Even though she has a super small waist compared to her shoulders and hips, she still has a way fuller bottom which she loves to highlight with waist-defining outfits.
Rihanna has another great pear-shaped body. Even though she loves oversized and street style looks, you can see her rocking a cute fitted outfit:
Other celebrities with a pear-shaped body are fashion blogger Cristina Bazan and actresses Jennifer Love Hewitt and Leighton Meester.
Knowing which body type category you belong to will help you make the most of your figure.
This article has covered everything you need to know about pear-shaped bodies, in hopes that you will learn more about your gorgeous figure.
In addition, knowing how to dress a pear-shaped body will help you know exactly what to buy next time you go shopping, which will result in a smarter spending habit.
Lastly, love your body! Always and forever. There is no right or wrong when it comes to bodies, only ways of making the most of your looks.