How to Dress a Pear Shape
20% of the Female Population is Pear-Shaped
A lot of women who are pear-shaped have issue dressing their body and feeling confident and sexy. They focus on what they perceive to be the negatives – an ample badonka donk, curvy hips and for some women heavier thighs. I prefer the much more flattering term of “Guitar Body.”
If you have defined waist and your hips are wider than your shoulders and larger than your bust, then you are a pear shape.
The first step in feeling confident and sexy is BELIEIVING you are sexy. And Honey, you ARE sexy. After all a pear shape is just an hourglass with a little more time on the hips.
The following are tips, or suggestions, to make the most of your guitar body.
If you got it, flaunt it!
As an inverted triangle ( some people refer to pear-shape as triangle shape), I am a little envious of the guitar or pear’s narrow shoulder, tiny waist and womanly hips. (I am literally hipless.) I believe in showing of that tiny waist and lovely hips.
To emphasize your tiny waist and rounded hips I present to you the pencil skirt. Oh, I hear the nay saying already! Don’t listen to that dear; don’t listen.
Try a neutral or dark pencil skirt with a light or brightly colored lose blouse.
Try a neutral pencil skirt with a brightly colored kimono style blouse. This works well on both small pears and plus-size pears.
Same pencil skirt but this time pair it with a soft, gauzy peasant top, tucked in and some lovely natural jewelry such as stones, feathers, or wood beads.
For winter wear you dark pencil skirt with a chunky knit sweater, dark tights and t-strap or Mary Jane pumps in suede.
For a plus sized pear try a soft jersey knit camisole and a long shawl collared belted sweater also with tight and pumps or knee high boots.
Ok, maybe a hip accentuating pencil skirt is not in your comfort zone. I get it. Pants are not in my comfort zone. I would no more try to force you into a pencil skirt than make myself wear pants.
Option A – The full circle skirt.
You know what they beauty of a full circle skirt is? No one can tell how wide or narrow you hips are and that tiny waist of yours is going to look even teenier. Remember, the fuller the skirt the small the waist!
Wear your full circle skirt in summer with a cute little cropped corset top and ballet flats, or a fitted tee and sandals, oxford loafers or even sneakers. Change your shoes and accessories for a Summery evening out.
Also look for sundresses with full skirts. It you are also narrow in the shoulder you can go for spaghetti straps or ruffles at the bust. If you are broad shoulders, look for halter styles or sweetheart necklines.
Option B – A-line Skirts
A-line skirts can be dressy or casual and are easy to incorporate with the pieces that are already in your wardrobe.
Skirting the Issue
Ruching Make Perfect
So many guitar bodies have told me, “I can’t wear a dress.” Are you serious? Hunny, you can not only wear a dress, you can rock a dress. The same ideas that apply to skirts apply to dresses. Look for wiggle dresses to show of your curves, or full-skirted and a line dresses to balance your figure.
If you have additional “problem” area like a jiggley tummy or “bingo wing” arms look for dresses that create optical illusions. Look for ruching in the tummy area. People (and by people, I mean you because honestly you are the only obsessing about it) will not know what’s folds in the fabric and what’s extra tummy. If you don’t know what ruching is (pronounced Roo Shing) it is a sewing technique that gathers the fabric up in forming ruffles or pleats.
- Create balance - looser tops and more fitted bottoms
- Don't be afraid of color.
- Don't be afraid of prints; just pick the right size.
- Pencil skirts, A-Lines and Full circle skirts are all wearable on pears.
- Be confident!
Let's Talk About Prints
Have you been told you shouldn’t wear prints?
Are you afraid of prints? Don’t consign yourself to nothing but solid color you
whole life. You CAN wear prints – leopard print, stripes, geometrics, floral, polka dots – whatever you like. It’s all
about proportion. If you are wearing a print on your lower half than go for
larger prints. Big blooms, large diagonal stripes, bold geometrics are going to
fool the eye. It takes less larger prints to cover the area than it does smaller
prints. Leave the micro dots and dainty florals for your tops and go big and
bold on the bottom
Color Me Gorgeous
You can wear color. I don’t just mean colored tops and by color I don’t mean only black. If you do prefer darker colors on your lower half, think beyond basic black and add Navy, dark grey and brown into your neutrals. Try jewel tones like emerald, the color of the year, amethyst, sapphire, ruby, and garnet.
Be brave and try bright fun colors like orange, rust, hot pink, bright blue, and yellow.
Just Have Fun
Fashion is supposed to be fun. If you aren’t having fun you aren’t doing it right. Find the things you love, wear the clothes that make you happy and don’t give a flying fashionista what other people think. I think you look cool.
More Fashion Inspiration
If you are still feeling a little unsure, look to pear-shaped fashion icons such as Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce Knowles, Rhianna, Mischa Barton, Kate Hudson, Amanda Peet, and Eva Longoria for style inspiration.
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