A capsule wardrobe for the pear body shape

by Sylvia

A capsule wardrobe for the pear body shape | 40plusstyle.com

Dressing for your body type can be hugely effective in creating a flattering and chic look and silhouette. Learn how to create a fabulous capsule for your pear body 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.

spring tops looks pear shape | 40plusstyle.com

Asymmetrical top – Wrap topBow blouseCold shoulderV-neckline top


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, straight cropped pants can work, especially when you combined with bootties in the same color that lengthen the leg line.

Pear shape pants looks | 40plusstyle.com

Straight leg slackswide leg  pantsStraight cut denimCropped pants


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 skirts spring looks pear shape | 40plusstyle.com

Knee length a-lineClassic black a-line skirt –  graphic printGreen a-line skirt


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.

Pear shape looks spring dresses | 40plusstyle.com

Flare waist dressLayered shift dressBelted dressWrap tie dress


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.).

Spring jackets pear shape looks trench denim | 40plusstyle.com

Moto jacketNeutral trench coat Denim jacketBelted blazer


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).

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Neutral heelsLow heeled loafersCrimson platform wedgeWhite slip-on sneaker


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.

spring accessories trends bold floral pear shape | 40plusstyle.com

Floral print scarfpink satchel bagLong layering necklaceStatement earringsWaist beltSunglasses


Using the items from our capsule above, here are 9 looks to inspire you as you dress for your shape.

How to dress the pear body shape - A capsule wardrobe for the pear body shape | 40plusstyle.com


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It’s so true that keeping to streamlined shapes looks better for my pear shape figure. So, I try to weed out and avoid buying any clothes that are boxy in shape or bulky, especially jackets and sweaters that are usually thicker anyway. Tops need to look smooth from bust to hip. This is my goal, anyway. Flowing tops are tempting, due to the beautiful fabrics, but I look engulfed in them. I finally saw a recent solution here at 40+style: beautiful fabric, fitted at the shoulder and shaped through the torso down to the waist. And no gathers, pleats, or thick fabric in pants or skirts. Thank you for the great ideas, and especially the pictures which make a point so easily.



Thanks for the feedback Evie and great to read that you found the right styles for you 🙂


Sabina @Oceanblue Style at Manderley

Got a different kind of shape but I so appreciate your inspiration. The pink cross body bag for instance I just love. Did I tell you I ordered one of your cropped flared pants the other day? So excited. Thanks for sharing. Take care, Sabina



These ideas may suit other bodies too. At least the general idea of outfit. Exciting about the cropped pants. I hope they fit you!



I fell for the same thing Sabine. But I had just bought a pouch bag in that colour, so … no more haha.



Sorry .. Sabina.. not Sabine (I have a friend with that name, so my fingers typed it automatically).


Aileen Wrennall

Thanks for a great reminder on how to style a pear shape. It is so helpful to have lots of ideas and encouraging that there are dresses which will suit. So many times I see beautiful dresses with sleek column shapes only to find they won’t go down past my hips. It is also quite difficult to find a fit and flair dress that doesn’t look too girlie and young. There always seems to be so many with lots of floral patterns.

I noticed you had included trousers with a slight gathering and I bought a pair of these recently, thinking I would cover my behind with a longish top anyway, so it’s good to see this type of trouser can also be worn by pear shaped women.
Thanks again Sylvia, all so helpful.



Great to read you found this helpful Aileen!


nina t

i’m a pear, so yes to these all the way. a good pair of boot cut pants are the best find ever.



Yes, they can do wonders!



I am not a pear as you know, but I have to compliment you on this capsule. Very well thought through.



Thanks Greetje, with the help of my team 🙂



I live in a line dresses and skirts, love to highlight my small waist with skinny belts. My casual office is jeans that are dark boot cut and a nice fitted jacket that covers my booty. Love accesories and feel naked without my earrings and rings.

Thanks for your very good ideas to create more outfits.


Emma Flowers

I think I am a pear shaped women because I’m heavy at the bottom but I do have a stomach also.Can you tell me that I am pear shaped women.Also short person 5″0.



Many women are a combination of body types. Use the guidelines for the features you want to downplay or highlight most. If you want to downplay your hips, use the pear guidelines. If you are mainly concerned about your tummy use the apple guidelines and my tips on hiding the belly at https://40plusstyle.com/how-to-hide-your-belly/ Of course you can do both!



I have known for years that I was a pear shape. I figured out over time what works and what doesn’t. I do agree with you on most all of the suggestions, but the v-neckline does not work for me, as I have an oblong face shape. The v-neckline tends to make my face appear longer, so I stick with rounded necks or scoop necks. I also have the hardest time finding skirts, because my waist is so slim, then I have the hips. If the waist fits, often the hips are too tight, and if the skirt fits my hips, the waist is too big. Oh well, I guess it could be worse. Thanks for all your great suggestions.


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