How Do I Dress If I Am Pear Shaped and Short?

by Carmen
(Fort Collins, CO)

I am 4 foot 10 inches and pear shaped, but I also have muscular shoulders( I use to lift weights). I need advice on which clothes would be best for me.


Hi Carmen, may I ask you if you're bothered by your muscular shoulders? Do you want to minimize them? Or are you asking for advice on how to slim down your curvy lower bottom?

Muscular shoulders along with a pear body shape visually make your hips and thighs look slimmer. So one of your best bets is to flaunt your muscular shoulders because if you minimize them you'll end up with a more obvious pear shape figure :-)

If you're serious about downplaying your shoulders (see: Fashion Guidelines for Inverted Triangle Body Shapes, choose V-necks rather than scoop necks. I think your main focus should be to pick bottoms that add balance to your heavy-bottom figure. Examples are: bootcut and flare leg pants and jeans (wide leg jeans can swamp you up), A-line and flared skirts and dresses.

Please follow these suggestions:

Outfit For a Pear Shape

New Me, New Wardrobe for Pear Body Shape

How Do I Dress My Petite Pear Body Shape

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What Fashion Style For Someone With Small Top and Big Hips and Bums With Average Legs?

by Anonymous

What type of fashion style must I go for to suite my small top body with big hips and bums and average legs?


Hi, you have a pear body shape. Please see the following pages outfit ideas and fashion tips:

Outfit For a Pear Shape

New Me, New Wardrobe for Pear Body Shape

How Do I Dress My Petite Pear Body Shape

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How to Flatter My Hourglass Pear Apple Body Shape

by Christine
(Queensland, Australia)

Kate Winslet's Hourglass-Pear-Apple Body Shape/Getty Images

Kate Winslet's Hourglass-Pear-Apple Body Shape/Getty Images

My body silhouette is hour glass/pear shape but I do carry weight on my tummy a bit like any apple, this sure is a mixture! I still do have a waist line but not sure how to accentuate or hide these types of lumps and bumps.

I have been looking through your site and found it very informative and helpful. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,
Christine



Hi Christine, I think you should focus on the shape of your torso, which sounds like an hourglass but with an apple tendency. I suppose you have a waist definition but not as narrow as many 'typical' hourglasses. This is normal -- if I had to pick a celebrity of who has a body shape similar to yours (your description) then I would say Kate Winslet. Kate's torso shape is definitely an hourglass -- but her waist is a bit wide and carries a bit weight and she has round hips and thighs.

So if you want to achieve a trimmer and proportional body shape, then you might want to focus on trimming your waist a little and slim down your bottom half. You simply follow my guidelines for hourglass, pear and apple.

Here are my suggestions for what to wear to disguise the areas you're dissatisfied with:


  • Choose straight or flared pants and skirts (flared, wide leg, boyfriend, A-line) add balance to your body shape. Skinnys and pencil skirts tend to emphasize all the lumps and bumps. This is a must for women with heavy bottoms and/or heavy/wide upper half

  • Opt for tunics and tops with an empire waist - or anything that float away from your mid-section

  • Wear V-necks to slim down your torso. Scoop-necks bring attention to your upper half and can make you look wider

  • Add some interest around your face and shoulders to de-emphasize your pear bottom/li>

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Outfits For a Pear Body Shape

by Lisa McNeil
(Marietta, OHIO)

Fllatering look for pear body shapes/ASOS

Fllatering look for pear body shapes/ASOS

What type of outfit fits a pear shape?



Any outfit that balances out your body shape or makes you feel good about yourself :-)

If you love your curves I don't see why you shouldn't flaunt it (like Beyoncé), however if you're self-conscious about your curvy bottom or don't like the attention it's getting you, I suggest following the basic guidelines to visually shape your pear shape figure into a proportional silhouette -- in this way, you'll avoid having a heavy point of your body 'stick out' and take the whole centerstage of your appearance.

Short tops and jackets, bootcut/flare/wide leg jeans, print embellished and light colored tops, and some heels are some of your wardrobe essentials.

To get you started here are some basic flattering outfits for your body shape:


Outfit ideas for pear body shape

Outfit #1
I combined a pair of simple bootcut jeans, black ballet flats and a cream colored ruffle tank top. This outfit shows you that a light colored top emphasizes your upper half along with the dark jeans and shoes that minimize your curvy bottom.

Sources: Ruffle top, Jeans, Ballet flats

Outfit #2
Horizontal patterns like stripes and a jewelry pieces (necklace or earrings) simply draw the eye away from your hips and butt.

Sources: Striped sweater, Pearl necklace , Jeans, Sandals

Outfit #3
Your pear body shape is primed for cropped/short jackets and A-line skirts and dresses. The A-line hem balances out your hips and the cropped denim jacket accentuates your top.

Sources: Denim jacket, Dress, Sandals

Outfit #4
Here's another outfit that shows you a ruffle plaid shirt for added volume to your bust, dark wash skinny jeans flatter your legs and thighs, and a pair of black knee high boots to make your figure look leaner.

Sources: Plaid shirt, Skinny jeans, Boots

Other articles you might be interested in:


Outfit For a Pear Shape

New Me, New Wardrobe for Pear Body Shape

How Do I Dress My Petite Pear Body Shape

Personalized clothing recommendations
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Best clothes for pear body shape


Hope this helps.
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Can You Still Be a Pear Shape If Your Shoulders Are Proportionated With Your Hips?

... because from the front I look hourglass but from the side I look pear shaped? My measurements are 36 - 27.5 - 39.5


Your body measurements look like a pear shape because your hip width is wider than your bust. An Hourglass body shape has a waist 8" to 12" smaller than hip and bust measurement. Your body measurements are a mix of Pear and hourglass, but with a heavier bottom and slightly wider waist.

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How Do You Measure Accurately For a Full Body Shaper On a Pear Body Shape?

by Andrea
(Canada)

Bodysuit slip/Herroom

Bodysuit slip/Herroom

How do I choose the right body suit when my bust is small and I am medium on in the middle and my hips are bordering on large?

If they say go with your normal size I am stuck.
Do I have to buy two pieces instead?

I want a seamless all-over look for under an evening gown that criss crosses at the back.



Andrea, you have a curvacious pear body shape which means that buying dresses, jumpers or anything that is a full-piece often leaves you confused because you don't know which part of your body (upper or bottom half) you should base the sizing on.

I can completely understand why you're feeling stuck!

Yes, you can go for two shapewear pieces if you want but I also would like to suggest you to purchase a full body shaper that allows you to choose your own bra. This means you should buy a one-piece bodysuit based on your bottom half which is a Large.

Here are some one-piece shapewear suggestions for your pear body shape:

Body Shapers for Pear Body Shape


Flexees 5063 Weightless Power Hi Wast Half Slip/Herroom



Maidenform 12466 Firm Control Singlet/Herroom



Flexees 5056 Everyday Slimming Singlet/Herroom


I highly recommend the shapewear slip as it makes it easier for you to go to the bathroom and pee :-)

Hope this solves your worries :-)

Sincerely,


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