Do you have a pear shaped body? In this article, updated for spring and summer, learn how to dress for your pear shaped body type and get a complete capsule for this body shape that you can shop online!

Why it’s important to dress for your pear shaped body type

In my article on how to determine body shape I discuss several general body types.

Knowing which body type you have will help you choose more flattering outfits that will make you feel and look better.

Today, let’s see how to dress for your specific female body type – the pear shaped body.

I’ll be sharing my updated tips for the pear shaped body type, also called the triangle shaped body, with lots of tips on how to create the most flattering shapes for your body shape and ideas for clothes you can buy right now.

We also created a special capsule wardrobe for the pear body shape, which you can see at the end of this article.

What is a pear shaped body?

different body shapes | 40plusstyle.com

As a quick recap, you have a pear shaped body when:

  • Your hips are wider than your shoulders
  • 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

Your aim when dressing your pear shaped body

The aim of dressing for your body type is to achieve a flattering look that accentuates your strengths.

As a pear shape, you may want to downplay your hips. 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. Perhaps you want to celebrate your hips fully and that’s totally fine too.

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 thighs and their legs may be heavy.

Often they have a very good upper body which is why you will see that much of the emphasis in dressing here is on the upper side of the body.

Is a pear shaped body the same as a spoon body shape?

While you are likely to be more familiar with the term “pear shape”, the pear shaped body is also sometimes referred to as a spoon shape.

Think about this shape as if the bowl of the spoon is where your hips are, with the handle being your torso. A spoon is also often used to describe a pear-shape with a little bit of a tummy.

Tips for dressing the pear shaped body in spring and summer

How to dress the pear shape - wrap top and black pants | 40plusstyle.com

It can be easier to dress during winter and fall for any body shape, because you can use layers in a way you can’t during the warmer months.

However, there are still plenty of ways to dress the pear shape in a flattering way during spring and summer. Read on for lots of ideas as well as well as a capsule wardrobe created especially for the pear shape for spring and summer.

Annette (above) shows a flattering look for the pear shape Note how the wide black pants downplay the hips and thighs while the wrap top draws the attention upwards.

Steal her look with this similar wrap top, pants, bag and earrings.

Which garments are good for the pear shaped body?

If your goal is to downplay your hips we have some recommendations for you on the best clothing for the pear body shape.

Further on, you’ll find some specific tops, coats, dresses, skirts, pants, shoes and accessories which will work for the pear shape.

But, first, here are some top tips.

1. Draw attention to your upper body

The idea is to detract from your bottom half and draw the attention to your slim, upper body.

Choose bright colors on your top half and darker shades on your bottom half. Choose a top which emphasizes your waist.

You could opt for a bright red top like the ruched top from Amazon (below).

Made by Johnny dolman top | 40plusstyle.com

Made by Johnny dolman top

2. Think about your neckline

Several types of neckline can work for you, but to create width across your shoulders to balance out your hips, look out for boat necks and Bardot styles.

You can see how the sweater from Boden (below) for example draws the attention upwards and creates width at the shoulders.

Boden sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Boden sweater

3. Accessories are your friend

To draw the eye up away from your hips and thighs, choose colorful scarves, statement necklaces and hats.

Wearing a colorful scarf for the pear shaped figure | 40plusstyle.com

Cindy & Wendy silk scarf

4. Go for darker shades of denim

When choosing your jeans, opt for a dark wash as these will be most flattering. Choose bootcut rather than tapered.

Bootcut jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Wit & Wisdom bootcut jeans

5. You will look fabulous in dresses

Pear shapes often look beautiful in a fit and flare style dress which nips in at your waist and then skims over your hips.

Harper Rose belted fit & flare dress | 40plusstyle.com

Harper Rose belted fit & flare dress

Now, let’s move onto some specific ideas for each individual item of clothing.

Tops for a pear shape capsule wardrobe

How to dress the pear shape - Kylie wears a tie waist top | 40plusstyle.com
  • 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 shoulder pads are back in fashion! Puffy shoulders will work too and are on-trend right now. Always make sure that the shoulders are properly fitted.
  • To give the impression of longer legs and a shorter torso you can wear a few layered tops with one very short layer, like a short jacket. This will break up your elongated torso and give the illusion of longer legs.
  • Wear something catchy on top. Either a catchy color 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
  • V-line tops will draw further attention to your upper half
  • Wider necks will also work, as will horizontal strips and tops with puffed sleeves.
  • But good necklines for you are also the boat neck and the Bardot style as these will make your shoulders look wider.
  • Wear a good bra.

Kylie (above) opts for a pink tie waist top which would be a flattering choice for the pear shape.

Get her look with this similar tie waist top, pants and flats.

Best tops for the pear shape | 40plusstyle.com

Rails suff sleeve topHalogen hidden button blouseMilumia self tie blouseRomwe front knot shirt

Best SWEATERS AND CARDIGANS for the pear shape

Aba in an outfit for the pear shape figure | 40plusstyle.com

Even in spring and summer, you will still need some sweaters to keep you cozy on cool days. Colorful styles will work very well, as will stripes and boat or Bardot necklines.

Anything with a tie waist is also a good idea. Plus, you could take advantage of the current trend for voluminous sleeves and shoulders to create balance for your silhouette.

Aba (above) shows off a perfect outfit for the pear shape, with a striped top featuring volume on the sleeves and shoulders.

Recreate her outfit with this similar sweater, skirt, slingback pumps, clutch and head wrap.

For more style inspiration on how to wear your pair of loafers, see our article on the best loafers for women over 40.

Best sweaters for the pear shape | 40plusstyle.com

Reformation cashmere sweaterHalogen crewneck sweaterMadewell puff sleeve sweaterBarefoot Dreams cardigan

Best jackets and coats for the pear shape

Anne in a denim jacket and maxi skirt | 40plusstyle.com
  • 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 that it is plain from the waist down.
  • Belted blazers are also a good option for the pear shape because they draw attention to the waist. Choose one in a vibrant or paler color to your bottom half.
  • You can also use a longer top and then add a shorter jacket to give the illusion that your legs are longer than they are.
  • Long cardigans and jackets that end well below the hip can work really well too
  • Look out for styles that give the illusion that your top half is wider, to add balance, or which accentuate your waist.

If you want to, you can also think about wearing a longer layer under a shorter jacket. For instance, if you wore a long darker layer under a short jacket, the attention would be on the point the jacket ends rather than your hips.

Anne (above) wears a denim jacket which adds width to her top half, while her skirt skims over her hips.

Check out this similar tee, denim jacket, skirt, sneakers and crossbody bag.

For more inspiration take a look at how to wear short jackets.

Best jackets and cardigan for the pear shape body | 40plusstyle.com

Veronica Beard denim jacketBLANKNYC faux leather moto jacketShein open front sleeveless vestWantdo trench coat 

Best pants and skirts for the pear body type

Bootcut jeans for the pear shape | 40plusstyle.com

Here are a few tips and some examples of good pants for this body shape.

  • Wear trousers that are not too tight or light. Boot leg trousers are very good for pears.
  • Avoid pants that are too low on your hips. A higher rise is better.
  • You will look best if your trousers or skirt are the darkest part of your outfit.

Finding a pair of jeans for the pear shape can be tricky because of your lovely curves.

If you find a pair that fits at the hips and thighs, they can gape at the waist, and if you find a pair that fits at the waist, they can be too tight on the thighs.

It can be best to look for a pair of jeans specifically designed for a woman with curves so that they are tapered in from the hips to the waist.

The most flattering style for a pear shape is a dark wash, bootcut with a high waist.

Some of my favorite brands for jeans include:

Dahlia (above) wears a bootcut style which can be the perfect choice if you are a pear shape.

Recreate her outfit with this similar top, bootcut jeans and sandals.

Also take a look at the best fitting jeans for women over 40.

When choosing skirts, A-line skirts are a pear-shaped woman’s best friend.

When you wear a well-structured A-line skirt that emphasizes your waist, people will not even notice your wider hips.

Good brands for A-line skirts:

Best pants and skirts for the pear body type | 40plusstyle.com

Wit & Wisdom bootcut jeansAllSaints wide leg pantsLyssé belted skirtKate Kasin flared midi skirt

Best dresses for pear shaped body

Fit and flare dress for the pear shape | 40plusstyle.com

Women like Kim Kardashian like to emphasize their pear shape with form-fitting dresses and skirts, but most women prefer to downplay their hips and A-line dresses are perfect for doing that.

A-line dresses which fit and flare will always look good on you. Dresses with defined shoulders and a good a-line are particularly good.

Jona (above) wears a fit and flare dress with puff shoulders and accessorizes with a Gucci bag.

Check out these dresses from FLORET STUDIOS, WAYF and Allegra K for a similar look.

Two brands to look out for at Nordstrom for A-line and fit-and-flare dresses are Eliza J and Gal Meets Glam Collection. Below are some of my current favorite dresses and also jumpsuits at Nordstrom.

Dresses that are perfect for pear shape bodies | 40plusstyle.com

Loveappella tie waist dressClub Monaco flare dressFraiche by J shirtdressEliza J wide leg jumpsuit

Also, take a look at the best dresses for your body shape.

Best shoes and accessories for the pear shaped body

How to dress a pear shaped body | 40plusstyle.com
  • Use accessories to further emphasize the top part like necklaces and scarves.
  • Waist belts may look good on you as they emphasize your small waist.
  • 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 heels with a bit of height to further elongate the legs.
  • Avoid handbags that sit on the hips.
  • You may wish to avoid big bracelets as, when you have your arms by your sides, they will draw the eye to your hips.

Estrella (above) draws attention to her top half with the tie-up detail at her neckline and the volume on her sleeves. While her shoes do have an ankle strap, because they are similar in color to her skin tone, they don’t visually cut across her ankle.

Check out these floral dresses from Halogen and Tahari, that you can wear with this similar belt, sandals, handbag and sunglasses.

Shoes to go with pear shape outfits | 40plusstyle.com

UGG espadrille wedge sandalMadewell woven sandalLinea Paolo printed pumpLinea Paolo block heel pump

Accessories to wear if you have a pear shaped body | 40plusstyle.com

Ted Baker London leather toteRebecca Minkoff leather toteNordstrom faux leather clutchLulus leopard scarfNordstrom print scarfCanvas Jewelry layered necklaceGas Bijoux teardrop earringsAllSaints eyelet leather belt

Famous pear shaped women

Pear-shaped celebrities | 40plusstyle.com

If you have a pear shaped body, you are in good company.

The most famous pear shaped women include Kim Khardashian, Beyonce and Rihanna.

Rather than downplaying their curvy hips, they usually highlight them!

General tips on how to dress for the pear shaped body

Let’s recap on some of the most flattering options for a pear shape:

  • Belted jackets and bootcut jeans are the perfect combination.
  • Put a lot of emphasis on your top part with colorful jackets, stripes and bold accessories.
  • The A-line skirt and dress is your best friend!
  • Put emphasis on the waist if you are a pear shape.
  • Create a column of color. A long vest worn over the top of this column. can make your hips disappear.

What not to wear?

You are always able to wear anything (as the celebrity examples of pear shaped women show above) but if your goal is to downplay your hips, you may want to avoid the following garments:

  • Skinny jeans (however these can be worn with some tunics, A-line long tops or long cardigans).
  • Pencil or straight skirts
  • Very short skirts
  • Tops with narrow shoulder lines
  • Pleats and pants with a lot of details
  • Shoes and booties with ankle straps, very delicate footwear and kitten heels

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 in the comments’ section below!

Here are 9 looks featuring the pieces we used above.

You can combine the clothes, shoes and accessories in myriad ways, but here are 9 ideas to get your started. All links to the items were share above in the relevant sections.

A summer capsule wardrobe for the pear shaped body

A capsule wardrobe on how to dress a pear body shape | 40plusstyle.com

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More pear shape inspiration for you

Below is an earlier outfit for the pear shape, which may provide you with some extra inspiration this spring and summer.

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

A winter capsule for the pear body shape

Are you still in winter mode or heading into fall / winter season? The capsule wardrobe below as created for a winter wardrobe (items no longer available, but you can show your closet or look for similar items online).

A capsule wardrobe on how to dress a pear body shape | 40plusstyle.com

Want to know more about how to create your own unique capsule wardrobes? Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.

Video: How to dress your pear shaped body type

Want to know more check out this short video on how for your pear shaped body from our style expert Ruth Essex.

Need to discover your body type?

Want to know more about women’s body types, you can discover your body type here.

From there you can browse all the other body types: apple, rectangle, hourglass, and inverted triangle

All these articles are constantly updated with helpful videos and looks for the season you are in.

How do you prefer to dress your pear shaped body?

Continue reading:

  1. How To Determine Your Body Shape
  2. How To Dress The Apple Body Shape
  3. How To Dress The Rectangle Body Shape

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Feature image by Estrella

Celebrities image source: Vogue

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