Figuring out your body shape is as simple as taking a few simple measurements. What many struggle with when determining their body shape and dressing for it is understanding what details fit and flatter them, and which styles to avoid. The fear of making mistakes often deter us from trying out new styles. If you often find yourself limited to minimal styles because you’re afraid to put on something that doesn’t flatter and you want to stay in the “safe zone”, you’re in the right place to solve dressing-for-your-body-shape woes.
One of the most common body shapes is the Pear body shape. A pear shape, to put it simply, is heavier on the bottom. For precision, measure yourself at your shoulder, bust, waist and hips as shown in the figure below.
Your hip measurements should be more than 5% larger than your shoulder or bust measurements.
For example, if your bust measure 91cm/36 inches, your hips are 95.885cm/37.75 inches or larger.
As common as this body shape is, there are actually variations of this shape. Afterall, no one has the same exact body proportions. A good thing to note is to factor in your height when choosing the outfits that flatter you.
If you are…
- 165cm and above, you are considered a tall pear.
- 155cm and below, you are considered a petite pear.
If you fall anywhere in between, you are considered to have a regular pear-shaped body.
Having somewhat a pear-shaped body myself, my worries always lie in drawing too much attention to my lower body. But the general rule of thumb is to show off your top and accentuate your waist definition to balance out the heavier bottom. So here’s what you can wear to flatter your best features, whether you are tall, petite or regular.
Ladies with pear-shaped bodies tend to have a slimmer waist and a smaller top. What would help bring attention to and distract from the bottom would be tops that highlight your shoulders and help define the waistline.
- Off-shoulders / Strapless to Show Neckline: Go for these tops to reveal your flattering neckline as well as show off your shoulders. Drawing attention to them keeps focus off your lower body. A petite or regular pear may choose to wear cropped versions to define their waist and elongate their lower half. Great for: all pears
- Fitted Tops to Define Waist: These are great for accentuating the small waist you have. Don’t worry if you feel you’ve avoided fitted tops to hide other parts of your body. Such tops usually help show off your shoulders and bust. Steer clear of peplum tops that do not work well for pear-shaped bodies. Great for: all pears
- Tops With Collars: Collared blouses with short sleeves look great on you as well. It’ll help balance out the heavier bottoms by creating a slight volume at the top. Great for: all pears
With naturally heavier bottoms, dark to neutral colours are great, but avoid anything that fits too tight. Instead, choose pants or skirts that hide and flatter your lower body. Two of the best silhouettes include A-line and bootcut.
- A-line: The A-line flare helps to hide the heavier bottom by balancing out the proportions of your body. In addition, it tends to give definition to your waist as compared to the rest of your body. A pro tip would be to ensure the hemline of the bottom falls at the smallest part of your shin or thigh. Mini A-lines are great for tall pears as they show off your legs while maxi A-lines are great for petite pears! Great for: all pears
- Bell-bottoms / Bootcut: If you’re on the petite side, bell-bottoms and bootcuts elongate your look by giving the illusion of added length below the belt. Not only will you balance out the heavier bottom, but you’ll also look longer as well.
Great for: petite and regular pears
Like tops, dresses and overalls should define your waistline and show off your shoulders. Keep the sleeves short or have none at all.
- Fit-and-Flare Dresses: These dresses show off your waist and the flare from the waist down gives a little more room for your curvier bottom half.
Great for: all pears
- Short sleeve Dresses: Go for fitted styles on the upper body. When it comes to sleeves, opt for cap sleeves or shorter sleeves to add volume to the top without overpowering the overall silhouette. Short sleeves and fitted bodices are one of the best combinations for pear body shapes. Great for: all pears
- Fit-and-Flare Jumpsuits and Playsuits: Like dresses, if you love wearing these one-pieces, the fit and flare rule will work well for you too. Go for rompers if you’re more petite than tall to avoid weighing your entire look down.
Great for: petite and tall pears
Applying the hemline rule, ensure that it ends at the slimmest part of your thighs or shins.
A jacket can act as an additional clothing accessory to your look–by choosing the right ones you can enhance your body shape further.
- A-line and princess cut: Like tops, these help to show off the tinier waist while covering up other parts. Always go for the ones where the hem of the jacket hits mid-thigh to give room for curvier lower body.
Great for: all pears
- Boxy Coats: The voluminous proportions look great on pear shapes as it camouflages the areas you’re concerned about. We would recommend you rent cropped styles that emphasise the waistline. If you’re petite, these coats will help elongate your bottom half!
Great for: petite pears
You’d want to avoid any crossbody bag that falls around the hips. Bags with shorter straps will look good on you as they hang a little higher on your body which creates a more proportionate look. Any bag that hangs too low will add on to the heavier bottom. Go for small bags like the Saint Laurent Matelasse Lou Waist Bag or Chanel New Medium Quilted Boy.
Since pear-shaped bodies have a heavier bottom half distribution, it’s always good to go for shoes that add the illusion of length and balance out the curvier part of your body. Pointed shoes also give the illusion of slender legs and help detract attention from your thighs and hips.
Great for: all pears
When it comes to deciding your outfit, you should always play to your strengths and pick out the perfect one for you. Don’t limit yourself because you’re afraid clothes don’t fit as well.
Rent fuss-free at Style Theory with our fit algorithm and size recommendation tools, ensuring your Infinite Wardrobe is always fitting!
Use the fit algorithm within the app to achieve the best fit for your outfit choice. Here’s how it works:
- Measure yourself
- In the app: go to Profile > Style Profile and input your measurements
- Go to Profile > Settings to toggle on “Size Recommendations”
Not a pear body shape? Check out our guide to:
If you don’t happen to fall within the strawberry shape category, take our body shape quiz to find out. It is important to note that you may fall between two body shapes and there is no rule that states you belong in only one category of body shape.