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How to dress a pear-shaped body

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The complete "how-to" guide for dressing up your curves

Beyoncé’s “Bootylicious” may have made it famous — and Kim Kardashian put the cherry on top — but nowadays, everyone’s going crazy for some killer curves. We always encourage embracing your naturally beautiful body type, and this is one time when the saying holds true: If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Meaning, if you’ve been hiding a shapely hourglass for all of these years, it’s time to learn how to flatter (and celebrate) your fuller figure.

Curvy girls, rejoice -- we've got the ultimate guide to dressing your pear-shaped body right here:

The complete "how-to" guide for dressing up your curves
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What is a pear-shaped body?

The pear body shape is the most common female body shape. Grab a mirror and take a look: If your hips and backside are wider than your shoulders, you're the lucky owner of a pear-shaped body. Pear-shaped bodies typically have a smaller bustline as well. Depending on your overall proportions, bustier pears may actually be an hourglass body style.

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Which celebrities have a pear-shaped body?

The complete "how-to" guide for dressing up your curves
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Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Christina Aguilera, Eva Longoria, Paris Hilton and Rihanna all have pear-shaped bodies. Yep, these gals tend to be both hippy and hip!

Stylists' secrets: Dressing a pear-shaped body

Style challenges include finding clothing items that fit both your waist (tiny) and your hips (a bit wider). Dresses can be a challenge because slim-cut fashion may not flare enough to accommodate the bottom half of your pear-shaped body, while remaining tailored to the top half of your body.

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Speaking of tailored, find a good tailor and keep him or her on speed dial. Fashions that don't fit quite right can quickly be remedied with a dart here and a tuck there.

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