Is your body pear-shaped? If so, you have the most common body shape! Get ready to have some fun creating your ideal wardrobe; you get to draw attention to the top half of your body, emphasizing your bust and shoulders and thereby de-emphasizing your hips.
As defined in our “Go Figure” Blog 2, you have a pear-shaped body if your top half is smaller than your bottom half; you have fuller hips, shoulders narrower than your hips and a defined waist.
Here’s what works and what doesn’t work for a pear-shaped figure:
- Jackets with interesting details around the neckline and which hit below your hips, not at the widest part of your hips. Be sure to select a jacket that fits your shoulders, you can always leave the bottom button open if necessary OR, ideally, have a jacket custom made to your measurements.
- Princess seam A-line dresses, wrap dresses and empire waist dresses that FIT your body.
- Tops with patterns, horizontal stripes or ruffles. Tunic tops and sweater twins-sets are good choices also.
- Keep it simple on the bottom and have fun with accessories; scarves and interesting necklaces are great for you!
- Flared leg pants or jeans draw attention away from the hips and create a balanced flattering line to the body.
- THIS DOESN’T WORK
- Straight skirts
- Tops with raglan sleeves and halter necklines
- Single layered, tight-fitting tops
- Pants or skirts with pleats, side pockets, lots of details or patterns that draw attention to the lower body.
- Tapered leg pants or jeans.
Have fun showing off your upper body. Remember to celebrate being YOU!