Pear Shaped? 7 Tips for Flattering Casual Wear

Pear Shaped? 7 Tips for Flattering Casual Wear

Pear shaped figures have smaller busts and slim torsos, but wider hips and thighs. Pear shaped woman should dress to flatter their figures by calling attention to the upper body and minimizing the appearance of their hips and thighs. If you're a pear shaped woman, these style tips can help you choose casual wear that will flatter your figure and keep you looking your best.

1. Choose Jackets and Tops that End at the Hips

If you're a pear shaped woman, wear jackets and tops that end at the hips. Hip length jackets and tops create a visual line that separates the upper and lower halves of the body; hip length jackets and tops will emphasize your waistline and downplay the width of your hips and thighs.

Avoid longer jackets and tops that extend below the hips, as well as cropped tops that end well above the hips; both draw attention to your lower body and make your hips and thighs look bigger.

2. Choose Low Cut Tops

If you're a pear shaped woman, you probably have shapely busts and shoulders, so choosing a low cut top can draw attention to this feature. Try one of these styles:

  • V-neck
  • Halter top
  • Plunging neckline

If you're not comfortable showing off your bust, you're free to choose a more conservative neckline. Remember that a lower neckline does more than emphasize your bust; it makes your neck look longer as well.

3. Choose Strapless Tops

Strapless tops are another great way to show off your shoulders and neck. Tops with thin straps or with only one strap or sleeve flatter the pear shaped figure.

4. Wear Boot Cut Jeans

Boot cut jeans have a slimming effect on the thighs, because they're roomy below the knee. Avoid tapered trousers, as these will make your thighs look larger.

5. Wear Knee High Boots or Heels

Knee high boots make your legs look longer, so they flatter the pear shaped figure. Heels make you stand taller, and they also make you look leaner and more toned. You might not want to wear high heels every day, but even a low heel can make you look taller, slimmer and more toned.

6. Accessorize

Accessories to draw attention away from your lower body. Wear accessories on the top half of the body only; avoid belts and other accessories that might call attention to the lower body. Necklaces, bracelets, bangles and earrings are a great choice, as are hats, scarves and handbags. Don't be afraid to choose chunky, funky pieces that will make your upper body look more in proportion with your lower body; just be careful not to over-accessorize, as this will make your outfit look busy.

7. Wear Bright Colors on Top and Dark Colors on the Bottom

Downplay your lower body with dark colors and solid fabrics, and call attention to your upper body with bright colors and interesting patterns. Choose form fitting tops and loose, flowing bottoms that hide the hips and thighs.