When it comes to choosing a capsule wardrobe, one of the best places to start is to work out your body shape. Once you know your body shape you'll dress in a way that will flatter your body, enhance your curves, and make you look and feel great. For each body shape there are some style rules that will help balance the proportions of your body. Here are our style tips and tricks for those with a pear shape body.
The pear shape is the most common figure proportion for women. Basically, when you're measuring your body, the widest part of your body is below your waist, around your hips. Think Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and Rhianna. What's important here is that you can be super slim and still pear shaped. You can be tall or petite and pear shaped.
When it comes to dressing a pear body shape it is best to elongate your figure so that you look less ‘bottom heavy'. With some clever tricks you can balance your hips and shoulders and show off your curves. And the great news is that well fitted tailored pieces, made to fit your shape, are the pieces you want in your capsule collection.
You want to wear tops that will visually widen the shoulders to create balance. Wearing strong colours will draw the eye so we recommend textured fabrics such as silk, velvet and boucle. These are fabrics that have wow factor and will help draw attention up and away from a wider bottom half.
A blouse in a bright colour is the perfect top for a pear shaped body. High necks can be a bit of a no-no so avoid being too buttoned up. That's why blouses work better than shirts. Strong colours in a great fabric will give you the right amount of attention and create a balance to your body shape, especially when you tuck your blouse into a great pair of tailored kick-flares or a pencil skirt in the perfect fit.
What to wear: A 100% silk blouse in a hot pink, bright red or cobalt blue
What to avoid: More muted tones and dark colours
Jackets are great for the pear body shape and the structured style you achieve with a tailored blazer will give shoulders a wider feel, balancing out the proportions. Experiment with colour here and this will play to your best features. Try purple or cobalt blue to really draw the eye. Or work with velvet in navy or aubergine. The luxe-fabric in a classic style will hit the right style note for pear shapes. A sharp jacket in a textured boucle, mixing up a number of different colours, is also a great way to draw attention to your top half. If you want to play it safe, opt for a combination of colours which incorporate a neutral - black with red and white, navy with turquoise.
What to wear: A short or cropped style that finishes before the hips, such as our biker jacket in a coloured boucle. Or a longline blazer that will go past the hips. Add a leather lapel detail to focus attention upwards.
What to avoid: A jacket that sits on the hips as it will draw the eye to this area.
This is where tailoring can really make a difference to pear shaped body styling. Go for clean, tailored lines to elongate the body and narrow the hips. Flat front trousers are brilliant for streamlining your look. Always wear something darker on your bottom half but that doesn't mean that you can only wear black. Wear a solid colour, such as burgundy, olive or navy. All neutral colours that can be worn with so many colour combinations .
What to wear: Wide leg or a kick-flare are the styles you need to opt for. A flared leg will draw the eye away from your hips and create a flattering line for your whole body. A side zip will give a smooth, streamlined silhouette.
What to avoid: Skinny or straight legged trousers. Patterns. Side pockets, pleats and anything that will add extra dimensions to this area of your body.
Lots of pear shaped women avoid wearing skirts but they can look fantastic if they fit properly. If you're still not sure, just look at Jennifer Lopez in this pencil skirt!
When it comes to colour, avoid patterns and opt for a darker shade if you can. A dark knee-length pencil skirt can look fabulous, made to fit so that it hugs in all the right places. It will add balance whilst showcasing your silhouette. You could also consider a skirt with dark colour-blocked panels at the side. This will shave off the inches and is super flattering.
When it comes to skirts fit is everything. Make sure that once the skirt is past your hips, your pencil skirt doesn't tapper too much towards the knees as this can make your silhouette look off balance. A fit and flare skirt, works well for a pear shape too as the fitted part at the top skims the hips and the flare balances them out.
What to wear: A perfectly fitting pencil skirt in darker colours or with contrasting panels.
What to avoid: Light, bright and patterned skirts. Anything with too much detail at the waist, such as buttons, pockets, pleats.
Dresses can really work for you but just like skirts they need to fit properly.
Our Panel Dress is perfect for pears because the waistband is narrow and we can tailor it so that it sits higher up on your waistline, which is super slimming. This design is made of several panels of fabric together so it elongates your shape. Choosing contrasting colours and fabrics can really make your appear taller and leaner.
What to wear: A panel dress in contrasting colours. Perhaps a darker colour waist down and a brighter colour in textured fabric on the top half.
What to avoid: One solid colour. Or a bright or light bottom half.
If you're struggling to find off the peg clothes for your body shape do get in touch. Come and meet Distinctively Me Founder Jill White who can offer you a free consultation and talk you through your options.