We have launched a new Spring series designed to assist women of all shapes in their quest to develop a capsule wardrobe customized to their shape. Our first in the series was on the hourglass shape. Now, we focus on the pear shape.
I want to stress that these articles only provide guidelines. This does not mean that pear shapes can wear lots of other items and still look fabulous. You will find all our general guidelines for the pear shape on this page.
Pears tend to be bottom heavy (with most of their weight centered on their thighs and/or legs). They tend to have a very good upper body which is why much on the emphasis in dressing is on the upper half of the body.
As mentioned above, pear shapes often have enviable upper bodies. This is a plus you definitely want to highlight and draw attention to. When selecting a top, go with a top that has a catchy color and/or nice detail. I also recommend selecting a top with breast pockets, big collars or a pattern. Horizontal stripes help to widen your upper body to bring it more into balance with your hips as do (subtle) shoulder pads.
Pear shapes tend to be bottom heavy. The best way to create the illusion of an hourglass shape (and more balanced silhouette) is by de-emphasizing your lower body. I recommend wearing pants that are not too tight or too bright in color. A well tailored boot cut is also perfect for the pear shaped woman. While it can be more difficult to find cropped pants that are flattering, stright cropped pants can work, especially when you combined with bootties in the same color that lengthen the leg line.
A-line skirts are the pear shape’s best friend. To create a streamlined and flattering look, make sure the skirt is knee length and includes flat seaming on the front. Pencil skirts are also a worthwhile option; you just have to ensure that the fit is perfect. Make sure there is a streamlined look from top to bottom, that the skirt hits at knee length, and that there is virtually little to no tapering.
A-line dresses will always look absolutely perfect on a pear shape. Select dresses that draw attention to your upper body, have defined shoulders, and a deep v-neckline to really create the illusion of a hourglass figure. The goal here is visual interest on top with a great flare and fit on the bottom, or a belt that comes in the skinniest part of your body.
For the pear shape, jackets are a perfect way to draw attention to your upper body. We recommend wearing A-shaped knee length coats (such as a trench coat for spring). Jackets work quite well too if you select one that has lots of details on top (like shoulder details, buttons, etc.).
Be careful with high vamp shoes or shoes with ankle straps as they will shorten your legs especially when worn with skirts. Wear medium to chunky heals with a bit of height to further elongate the legs. I also recommend nude or neutral shoes that will show a bit more skin and blend in with a look (a more monochromatic bottom).
Use accessories to further emphasize the top like necklaces and scarves. Waist belts may look good on you as they emphasize your small waist. You can also draw attention towards the upper body by selecting earrings, sunglasses, and other accessories that draw visual interest. Smaller bags you can opt to carry in hand or larger more structured bags also do well in drawing visual interest to your hands and the skinniest part of your body.
Using the items from our capsule above, here are 9 looks to inspire you as you dress for your shape.
Are you a pear shape? What is your go to style?
Shop the pieces and looks featured above here below.