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How to dress a pear-shape

If you are a pear shape, you will have following physical-characteristics:

  • The lower body is broader than the upper body.
  • Fuller/heavier thighs and hips.
  • Bust falls under average to small size.
  • The waist is well defined.
  • Fullness and weight gain are mostly around the lower waist, thighs, and hips.


  • Avoid unnecessary bulk around the hips and thighs area.
  • Invest in good push-up bras.
  • Keep print and embellishments around the neck and shoulder or upper part of the body.
  • opt for darker lower-body clothing for bottoms.
  • Wear fitted clothing that brings attention to your waist area.


  • Use of excessive detail and fabric around the hips and thighs area – that will make your lower portion look bulkier.
  • Wearing a brighter bottom – it will highlight your hips more than needed.
  • Wearing skinny and tight pants/bottoms- It will make you look bulky.
  • Wearing horizontal line geometric print bottoms- It will make your lower portion look heavier.
  • Wearing shapeless and boxy clothing – It will throw off your proportion.


Preferable Necklines:

  • Invest in tops or dresses with wider necklines.
  • Embellishment or detail on the neckline highlight the top.
  • Avoid narrow and long necklines. It makes the upper body section slimmer.

Range of preferable Necklines for pear body shape:


Preferable Sleeves:

  • While shopping for short sleeves, opt for a flared and loose silhouette.
  • If you want to invest in long sleeves, fitted sleeves with no embellishments are preferable.
  • Investing in sleeves which have detail or embellishments around the shoulder area, it helps to divert attention from heavy hips and thighs.

Range of preferable Sleeves for pear body shape:


Preferable Tops, T-shirts, and Shirts:

  • Investing in crop tops and fitted tops will bring attention to the waist.
  • Invest in a bright, detailed, and embellishment on the neck and shoulders.
  • The length of the top should not extend the hip line.
  • Avoid detail and embellishments around the hip area.
  • Tuck in the top. It will draw attention to your well-defined waist.

Range of preferable Top, T-shirts, and Shirts for pear body shape:


Preferable Jacket and Coat:

  • Avoid details and pockets around the hip or the lower waist area.
  • The length should be till mid-thigh or till knee.
  • Invest in embellishment and shoulders around the shoulder and bust area.
  • The dark-colored long jacket will make you appear slimmer.

Range of preferable jackets and coats for pear shape body:


Preferable Jeans and Trousers:

  • Avoid skinny jeans or trousers which hug around the hip area.
  • Avoid jeans and trousers with a big side or back pockets around the hip.
  • Avoid embellishments around the hip and distressed denim as it will grab more attention.
  • Opt for mid to high-rise and straight, bootcut, and flares jeans and trousers.
  • Darker color jeans and pants are preferable.

Range of preferable Jeans and Trousers for pear shape body:


Preferable Skirts and Shorts:

  • Skirts and shorts with flowy or wider at the bottom will hide the bulk around the hip.
  • Avoid pockets and other embellishments around the hip area.
  • Avoid too-full and horizontal line print skirts to avoid a heavy/bulky look.
  • Mid to high-waisted skirts and shorts are preferable.
  • Preferable length of skirt and shorts should be at least till the knee or till the calf.

Range of preferable Skirts and shorts for pear shape body:


Preferable Dress style:

  • Avoid dresses with thicker fabrics or with a dropped waist.
  • Avoid straight-cut dresses.
  • Investing in a belt to wear at the waist, it will draw attention to a well-defined waist.
  • Avoid dresses with heavy, detailed, embellished, or texture around the hip and thigh area.
  • Invest in a dress that has good detail around the neck, shoulders, sleeves, and hem.
  • The silhouette of the dress should be narrow at the shoulder and wider/flowy at the bottom.

Range of preferable dresses for pear shape body:


Preferable Jumpsuit and Playsuit:

  • Avoid jumpsuit or playsuit with skin-tight or body-hugging around the leg area.
  • Jumpsuit or playsuit should be dark-colored and straight/flowy from the bottom/hem.
  • Invest in a high-waisted Jumpsuit or playsuit as it will avoid extra attention around the hip or thigh area.
  • Opt for light-flowy fabrics.
  • The upper part of the jumpsuit or playsuit may have embellishments, details, prints, or a brighter color.

Range of preferable Jumpsuits and Playsuits for pear shape body:


Achieve more proportional body shape:

  • Wear dark color clothing around the hip like a dark color bottom.
  • Wear a dress to enhance waistline and arms.
  • Invest in clothing which adds volume to the upper portion of the body for a balanced look.
  • Stay away from clothing that draws attention towards the hips and thighs area.
  • Use horizontal print or detail for top and vertical print or detail for the bottom.
  • Invest in statement necklaces and patterned scarfs.
  • Avoid pencil, fishtail, and tight tube skirts.

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