5 Fashion Tips for Pear Shaped Women

5 Fashion Tips for Pear Shaped Women

Pear shaped women have slim shoulders and wide hips and thighs. If you're a pear shaped woman, there's no reason you can't look fabulous if you dress to flatter your body shape. Here are some fashion tips to help pear shaped women look their best.

1. Try Some Padding

Since pear shaped women have small, slender shoulders and busts and wider hips, try some padding in your bust or on your shoulders to balance out your appearance and make your hips and thighs look slimmer. Padded bras and shoulder pads will make your tops hang differently. They'll make your bust and shoulders look slightly bigger, to match your wider hips.

2. Wear Short Tops and Jackets

Pear shaped women should avoid long jacket and tops, and instead choose shorter jackets and cropped tops that end at the hips. Tops like these help to clearly divide your body into top and bottom halves on a visual line, which has a slimming effect for your hips and thighs. Long jackets and tops that hang below the hips only make your hips and thighs look wider than they are.

3. Draw Attention to Your Shoulders, Face and Bust

Pear shaped women should wear bright, colorful tops that draw attention upward, toward the face, neck, shoulders and bust, rather than down to the hips and thighs. Bold patterns and flattering necklines will also draw attention away from your hips. If you have a large bust, try V-neck or plunging necklines; if you have a small bust, a square neckline can be flattering. Halter tops and strapless tops are also good choices for pear shaped women.

You should wear dark colored bottoms for the slimming effect. Avoid bright patterns on bottom pieces. Wear long, flowing skirts, wide legged trousers and boot cut jeans that fall in a straight line from hip to ankle; tight skirts and trousers only make your hips and thighs look wider.

4. Use Accessories Carefully

Accessories are great for women of all body types, but pear shaped women should wear accessories on top and avoid wearing accessories like belts that draw attention to the hips. Try any of the following accessories to draw attention to the upper half of your body, and to balance out your upper half with your lower half:

  • Scarves
  • Necklaces
  • Dangly earrings
  • Bracelets and bangles

Carry a colorful hangbag and choose chunky jewelry that draws the eye away from your figure. You might wear sunglasses or an interesting hat.

5. Choose the Right Footwear

Pear shaped women can benefit from choosing footwear that flatters their shape. High heels and knee high boots make you look taller. They also make your legs and torso look longer.

For every day wear, however, choose a low heeled shoe that's comfortable. If you have attractive calves and ankles, choose a pretty shoe that will draw attention to this feature.