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How to style your pear-shaped body and do those curves justice

Styling a pear-shaped body

Focus attention upward if you want to even out your proportions. Pear-shaped women may choose to focus attention on the upper half of their pear-shaped body by choosing slim, fitted tops, crop tops, button-down shirts and cardigans. Embellish around the neck. Shirts and dresses with embellished necklines naturally draw the eye upward toward the slimmest part of a pear-shaped body. Layer it up. Layering garments can balance a pear-shaped body by adding visual interest to the top half of the body.

“For the pear-shaped figure, separating tops and bottoms are ideal. You can choose the most flattering item for each part of your body. Pants with some stretch in curvy cuts like a boot cut or the many denim brands catering specifically to that fit are a pear-girl’s dream. Make sure you know your waist to hip ratio to get the best style for you,” explains Mariana Leung, founder, editor and fashion blogger at Ms. Fabulous.

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Go for an A. A-line dresses and tops emphasize the upper body while slimming wider hips characteristic of a pear-shaped body. “The number one rule, of course, is to find a dress that fits you properly,” says Leung. “Next, if you have a distinct body shape, look for specific details that flatter that type. For a pear shape, fit and flared dresses skim the hips (and are fun to twirl in).”

Wide is good. Keep the hems of pants, skirts and dresses wide to visually balance a pear-shaped body. Pointy-toed shoes with wide-hemmed pants will elongate your legs. Get a little structure. Structured pants offer a great fit, especially those that skim the hips and thighs of a pear-shaped body. Avoid flashy embellishments like cargo pants, funky pockets or embroidery. But, adds Leung, “Bold accessories like a statement necklace or earrings are great for balancing the smaller top with generous hips.”

The best styles for pear-shaped bodies


Paris Hilton skirt
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Melissa McCarthy pants
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Formal dresses

Jennifer Lopez dress
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Casual dresses

Christina Aguilera dress
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Updated by Bethany Ramos on 3/30/2016

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