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Dressing Up For A Pear Shaped Body Type

If you have a pear-shaped body, your hips and thighs are wider than your shoulders and bust. and your waist is narrow compared to your hips. Our golden rules are to use clothing to balance out your bone structure which determines your body shape.

Remember, bright colours draw more attention to the eyes than neutrals. Draw the eye to your favourite part of the body and create curves, lines, use clothing to your advantage.

Here are some must-have pieces:

Drop earrings

They bring focus to your face and shoulders, especially when your hair is pulled back.

Statement necklace

Like with the drop earrings, a statement necklace draws attention to your neckline.

Textured jacket

Heavier textiles like wool or tweed can have the same eye-catching effect as colour or print.

Cropped jacket

For shorter pieces, like blazers or motos, look for ones that hit at or above your waistline to avoid adding fabric at the hip. Jackets give more structure to the shoulder area, where you’re trying to direct the focus.

Wrap dresses

The built-in ties are great for defining your waist, and they often have a V-neck that opens up your top half.

A line or Fit-and-flare dresses

The roomier skirt falls away from the hip instead of clinging to it, which helps streamline your bottom half. More defined waist and more flounce in the skirt.

Puff sleeves

Find a dress with puffy shoulders. Puffy shoulders again draw the attention away from the hips and Because the sleeve is so wide it helps to create the illusion of wider shoulders. You don’t have to limit yourself just to tops. Feel free to wear dresses with puff sleeves as well.

High-waisted bottoms

Accentuate your waist to create a more balanced silhouette. In medium to dark washes, they’ll make your legs look a mile long. Also, try flared bottoms. Flared jeans help balance out a large bum. Avoid low waisted pants.


Fitted tops with high waisted flared jeans are my go-to. They create the perfect proportion. Choose tops that help balance the lower body. Tops should not go beyond the hips as this would make the hips appear even wider. Opt for either cropped tops that finish at the waist, or tops that finish at the hipline. Tucking your shirt into your bottoms helps to accentuate your curvy body shape.

Personally, I avoid peplums and ruffles around the waist because they draw a lot of attention around the waist by adding volume to the hips.

To learn more about dressing up for a pear-shaped body type, watch this video:

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