As you know this site is now 2 years old, so it’s time to refresh some of the older articles and bring them up to date with today. Here is the first in the series.
In my article on how to determine body shape I discussed several general body types. Now it’s time to take that one step further and to see how to dress for you body type. Today I’m starting with the pear or triangle shaped body.
As a quick recap you have a pear shaped body when:
- Your hips are wider than your shoulder
- Fat tends to accumulate on your thighs and sometimes the buttocks
- You tend to have an elongated waist and the legs tend to be shorter in comparison to the rest of your body
- You have a defined waist
The aim of dressing for your body type is to achieve a flattering look that accentuates your strengths. In general you will want to achieve a nice hourglass shape. In order to achieve that you will accentuate the shoulders, draw attention to your upper body and waist and elongate the legs. Please note that these are general guidelines as every body is different. Always experiment with your unique shape and see what works for you.
How to dress for your pear body shape?
Pears tend to store their weight on their thigh and their legs may be haevy. Often they have a very good upper body which is why much on the emphasis in dressing is on the upper side of the body.
What not to wear?
- Skinny jeans (can be worn with some tunics or A line long tops)
- Pencil or straight skirts
- Very short skirts
- Tops with narrow shoulder lines
- Pleats and pants with a lot of detailing
- Shoes and booties with ankle straps, too delicate footwear and kitten heels
Which garments are good for a pear body shape?
I created some looks to illustrate some of the points below. Pease note that the model does NOT have a pear shape. Online models too tend to be of the rectangular type.
- Since your hips are a lot wider than your shoulders you want to emphasize the shoulders and widen them. So it’s actually good for pears when shoulderpads are back in fashion! Puffy shoulders will work too. Always make sure that the shoulders are properly fitted.
- To give the impression of longer legs and a shorter torso you can wear a a few layered tops with one very short, like a short jacket. This well break up your enlongated torso and give the illusion of longer legs. You can see an example of this in the left image at the top.
- Wear trousers that are not too tight or light. Boot leg trousers are very good for pears.
- Wear something catchy on top. Either a catchy colour or some nice detail on your top. Breast pockets, big collars or a pattern are also good. Horizontal stripes help to widen your upper body to bring it more into balance with your hips as do (subtle) shoulder pads.
- It’s best that your tops and jackets end either above or below the widest point of your hips and 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 will look best if your trousers or skirt are the darkest part of your outfit.
- Wear structured A shaped coats of knee length. A great coat for you is the trench. Make sure you get one with lots of details on top (like lapels on shoulders) and plain from the waist down
- Wear a good bra
- A line dresses will always look good on you. Dresses with defined shoulders and a good a line are particularly good.
- V line tops will draw further attention to your upper half
- High boots are very flattering for your legs
- Be careful with high shoes or shoes with ankle straps as they will shorten your legs
- Wear medium to chunky heals with a bit of height to further elongate the legs.
Here are some of the items featured above currently available in shops. Use as inspiration or happy shopping!
Please note that the guidelines above are for general guidance only. Everyone is different and you certainly don’t have to stick to the above guidelines to dress well. If you have anything further to add, let me know!
What do you like best from the collection above?
P.S.: If you want to find out about your own body type and find the right types of clothes for you, try out My Private Stylist and get your own personal recommendations.