It's great knowing your body shape, but if you don't know what to DO with that information, it can be quite pointless. That's why I've written a series of blog posts that will help you always find the perfect outfit.
The first post is going to be about the pear-shaped body. A pear-shaped body (also sometimes called a 'spoon' shape) is the most common shape along with the apple. So, if you think you're the only one who struggles to find dresses that fit your bust AND your hips, you're not alone.
Keep reading to find out:
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You know you're a pear shape because you have these three attributes:
If you're still confused about your shape, check out my original article post on shapes (and how to dress any shape no matter if you fall neatly into a category or not)
Thanks to the Kardashian clan, big hips and butts are having a moment right now. Here are some celebrity pears who are really rocking it (or should I say, their personal stylist is really rocking it!)
Rihanna uses a wide V-neck to draw your eye up and out (making her top half look bigger)
Beyoncé shows off a monochromatic suit. Notice the wide-leg pants and the long jacket (hits lower than the widest part of her hips). It's also hard to see because of her hair, but her jacket is fitted at the waist and features a wide lapel and scarf (that, once again, distract the viewer's gaze upward)
America Ferrera uses a square neckline to make her bust and shoulders look as wide as her hips.
In the original article, I wrote about DRESSING YOUR SHAPE, I talked about my easy secret to always knowing what will look good on you regardless of shape. The secret is to always wear clothing that makes you look like an hourglass. If you missed the article, you can read it here. You may also remember the graphic below, and how we need to 'fill out' the top of the hourglass.
Essentially, dressing for your shape is all about using clothing, jewelry, and other accessories as an optical illusion to make us appear a certain way.
The optical illusion is formed when we distract the viewer away from one part of our body and attract their eyes to a different part.
In the example below, the dark neutral skirt is boring, thus not meriting much attention. The striped shirt, on the other hand, draws your eye upward and from side to side (because of the stripes), thus making her top half seem bigger than it is. All of a sudden she looks like an hourglass shape, even though nothing else has changed.
Remember the main idea here: we need to distract away from the hips/butt and draw the attention upward. The following are several ways to do that, with an explanation of how it works. (Want to take a shortcut? Click here to see the 20 items every wardrobe needs and what that looks like for your body shape)
If the thought of putting outfits together makes you cringe, here are 200+ already styled outfits that have been selected just for pear body types.
A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of clothing where each piece can be worn with every other piece to make a maximum number of outfits. Below, we have put together a capsule collection for a Pear with classic style.
You'll notice that I tried not to pull anything over $200 to keep this wardrobe budget friendly! (yes, I know the necklace is expensive but you can find similar ones for far less.)
Ps. Don't forget to look under the collection to see how to put these pieces together for a week's worth of activities!
Here are just a few combinations you can make for an entire week's worth of activities!
Monday: (work) White t-shirt + white cardigan + black pants + heels + shoulder bag + belt (over cardigan).
Tuesday: (work, then school meeting) blouse + black skirt + black blazer + heels. Take off blazer for a more casual look.
Wednesday: (work) Blush dress + black blazer + belt + heels.
Thursday: (work, volunteering) Turtleneck + black pants + shoulder bag + heels + necklace. Change from heels to tennis shoes and a white t-shirt for volunteering.
Friday: (work, after work dinner date) Red tank top + black skirt + black blazer + heels + clutch. Take off blazer after work for a sexy date night look.
Saturday: (playground with kids) White t-shirt + jeans + tennis shoes.
Sunday: (baseball game, book club) blouse + jeans + sandals + shoulder bag.
Psst. If you're a visual person and like to see outfit ideas all put together in a picture (rather than written out like above) you'll love this book of 200+ pear outfit ideas.
Want more ideas for a pear-shaped capsule collection? This e-book shows you how to choose the top 20 items everyone should own, which versions you should wear for your body shape, and outfit ideas for work and play. Read more about it here!
You have a hot body…don't sell yourself short. Keep it dark on the bottom and bright (or patterned) up top and have fun with the accessories! Anything that makes people look up (from your hips) is a good thing. And never, ever forget to accent your waist.
And most, importantly, you're a stud muffin. Never forget that.
PS. Now that you know the rules, you can break them. ;)
Want instant inspo and fabulous outfits (from clothes you already own)? You'll want this e-book.