Pear shaped women have larger hips and thighs, but their upper bodies are often quite petite. Pear shaped women can look fabulous in a variety of dress styles that call attention to the upper body, shoulders, neck and face while downplaying the lower body. Dresses for pear shaped women should create an illusion of balance between the upper and lower halves of the body. Here are some dress styles that flatter the pear shaped figure.
1. A-Line Dresses
A-line dresses look great on the pear shaped figure. Because the A-line dress is narrow at the top and flares gently at the base, it draws attention to the upper body, shoulders and neck while disguising the wider hips and thighs. The most popular style of A-line dress has a square neckline, but A-line dresses with a slightly plunging or V-neck also flatter the pear shaped figure and draw attention upward, away from the hips and thighs.
2. Halter Top Dresses
For a pear shaped woman, halter top dresses look great on you, especially if she wants to flatter her bust. Choose a halter style dress that nips in at the waist, and flares out into a wider skirt. A wide, flowing skirt hides the hips and thighs.
3. Sleeveless Dresses
Sleeveless dresses show off the pear shaped woman's attractive shoulders and bust. Choose a dress that's form fitting at the top, with a wider, flared skirt that hides the lower body. Dresses with thin straps or one asymmetrical shoulders also look great on the pear shaped figure.
4. Long, Flowing Dresses
Pear shaped women should avoid wearing dresses with short, tight skirts that call attention to the lower body. If you're a pear shaped woman, wear a dress that's at least knee length, and choose a dress that fits your upper body tightly to show off your shapely bust and torso, but has a loose, flowing skirt that will hide the hips and thighs.
5. Wrap around Dresses
Wrap around dresses are very flattering to the pear shaped figure. Choose a wrap around dress that gathers at the waist and fits tightly over the bust and torso, but has a flared skirt.
6. Dresses that Draw the Eye Upward
Pear shaped women should look for dresses that have bright colors, patterns and embellishments on the upper part of the dress, counterbalanced with a plain skirt. Choose a dress with a darker colored skirt for the slimming effect to the lower body; that doesn't necessarily mean you have to wear only dark colored dresses, since many dresses have bright colors and interesting patterns on top, matched with a flared skirt in a darker color.
When shopping for a dress to draw attention away from the hips and thighs, look for dresses that have embroidery, lace or other embellishments around the bust area. Beads, ribbons, ruffles, shirring and other decorations on the bust of form fitting dresses, with a flared skirt, can draw the eye upward to the pear shaped woman's shapely shoulders and neck.