How to dress a pear shape

In need of a wardrobe update? Dressing for your body shape is a straightforward way to find styles that complement your figure perfectly. Here are our key tips and top picks for when it comes to dressing a pear shape.

Tip one: make a statement

Defined by having a top half that’s narrower in proportion to your bottom half, statement sleeves are made for pear shapes! You can afford to have more volume on top with your slender shoulder, so ruffles, frills and puffballs are your friends. By going with larger sleeves, you’ll balance out your lower half to create the illusion of an hourglass figure.

But, if big sleeves aren’t your thing, go for tops that are brightly coloured or with plenty of print. This’ll help to draw the eye up, creating the look of a longer, more balanced shape.

Tip 2: have fun with flares

With the hips being the area most pear shapes want to skim across, a pair of flared trousers can be just the ticket. Stick to a darker colour palette to contrast against more vibrant shades on your top half.

Flares are tailored around the hips, which helps to create a slimming effect, before drawing the eye downwards to give you long, lean-looking pins. Plus, the extra volume around the ankle will help with balancing your figure.

Tip 3: it’s all about the shoulders

It’s time to show off your slender shoulders! Off-the-shoulder tops and dresses will really help to draw the eye upwards while highlighting your assets. Cowl and boat necklines on knitwear are great for achieving the same effect when it comes to chillier days.

Looking for that extra wow-factor? Go for a top that has embellishment around the neckline. This will help to bring attention to the areas that you want to emphasise, while of course adding a little bit of sparkle!

Tip 4: think about length

A top may have the flattering neckline, but if it hits you at the wrong point, your look instantly changes! As a pear shape, look for styles that end just below your hip bone. Any shorter and attention will be drawn to your midsection, while anything that ends lower on your hips can have a widening effect.

When it comes to skirts, pear shapes look great in high-waisted numbers that end either at the knee or mid-calf. Midi skirts are a fashion-forward option that feature on catwalks year after year, so they’re one to stock up on! By opting for A-line and flowy styles, a skirt can give you a tall, lean look that’ll leave you feeling confident.

Tip 5: when in doubt, add a jacket

Jackets are a must-have for any pear-shaped woman. They often have detail around the neckline, which is perfect for drawing attention to your delicate shoulder area. Plus, a nipped in waistline can help to create the illusion of an hourglass figure.

When it comes to jackets, longline cuts are a fabulous option. You want to avoid anything that stops at your widest point, so an elongated style will skim over your hips while adding long, lean lines to your look.

Not sure of your body shape? Check out our handy guide here.