As we always say, the first step to look your best is to understand what your body tells you. The general characteristics of your body, the horizontal silhouette or body shape and the vertical silhouette, are the ones that tell you what clothes you should wear to accentuate your qualities and hide your flaws and, the most important thing in our opinion, you’ll know what effect you’ll create with the outfits you choose.
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Also known as the triangle body shape, a pear body is characterized by big, prominent hips and narrow shoulders. These are the characteristics that will be found in every single woman with the pear body type but don’t forget that every body shape can have many variations and pears don’t make an exception.
- Women with the pear body shape can also have a big booty.
- The waist is usually very well defined.
- The lower body is usually more prominent than the upper body.
- When you gain weight, fat tends to accumulate on your thighs and/ or booty
If you don’t have a well defined waist, as most of the pears do, you may also want to check the rectangle body shape advice in order to understand your body better.
If your shoulders are narrow but your upper arms are fleshy or very muscular, you may consider the hourglass body shape advice as well.
Pears usually have full or muscular legs and a Short legs/ Long torso vertical silhouette but to be completely sure, don’t forget to check what vertical body type you have and combine the advice from this article with the advice for your vertical silhouette to create that great balanced body you want.
How to dress the inverted triangle body shape
If you want to have a proportional body, the main rule in your case is to draw the attention from your lower body to your upper body and to visually add more volume to your shoulders.
Of course, you can embrace your curves and accentuate your booty and your wide hips. Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj and, sometimes, Jennifer Lopez, love to show their booties.
Be proud of your body! There’s nothing wrong if you love your big booty or your prominent lower body but don’t overdo it. If you don’t want people to stare at your derriere all night long, wear clothes that will add more volume to your shoulder line and create that balanced silhouette hourglasses have.
How to dress the upper part of the inverted triangle body type:
- Puffy sleeves or shoulder pads
- Light colors & bold colors
- Bold prints
- Boat necklines
- Belts to accentuate your waist
- Layered tops to create the illusion of a short torso and long legs – a short jacket over a long top, for example
- Big collars
- Horizontal stripes
- Statement necklaces
- Off the shoulder tops
- Short jackets
- A-line coats
- Cowl necklines
- Other details: polka dots, zippers, pockets, ruffles, embellishments
How to dress the lower part of the pear body shape:
- A-line skirts and dresses
- Bootcut jeans and boot leg trousers
- Vertical stripes
- Dark colors
- Match the color of your trousers with the color of your shoes or the color of your skirt with your shoes and tights/ stockings (if you don’t wear tights/ stockings, wear shoes similar to your skin tone)
- Long boots
- Chunky heels not thin heels
- Vertical details
- Flared style skirts/ pants
- Maxi skirts and dresses
- Wide legged pants without pleats
What not to wear:
Keep in mind that the “what not to wear section” is here only to tell you what will add more volume to your hips. If you want to do that, go ahead and embrace those lovely curves but remember to also add more volume to your upper body.
- Pencil skirts/ straight skirts
- Skinny jeans (you can wear them with long tunics)
- Shoes with straps on ankles
- Bold prints in the lower part of your body
Also, don’t forget to check the entire pear body shape section of this website to find many other useful tips!
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