how to dress a pear-shaped body.

Finding the perfect outfit is far from simple. Considerations range from occasion to season to trends, all of which ignore the ever-importa...

Finding the perfect outfit is far from simple. Considerations range from occasion to season to trends, all of which ignore the ever-important concept of how to dress your body. To look fashionable doesn’t mean to become a slave to trends and wear things that never flatter your figure. Fashion is a bit more complicated world and it has its rules for various body shapes. The idea is to make sure these women's dresses you choose sit beautifully and proportionately (or according to your body proportions) and enhance your looks for an even better-looking silhouette.

What exactly is a pear-shaped body type (also known as an inverted triangle shape) and how do you know if you have one? Well, the pear-shaped body is all in the lower part of your body. The typical pear-shaped body has smaller waists, but wider hips and thighs than the upper body. I happen to have this pear-shaped body and the advantage of it is that you can create an illusion of an hourglass figure if styled correctly. When your shoulders are narrow and hips are wide, all you have to do is to strike a balance.

The best way to highlight a small waist is wearing a fitted top that defines the waist. Tuck a simple fitted shirt into your choice of bottoms to further accentuate your curvy shape. Avoid boxy tops that hide your narrow waist (totally missing the point!). If you’re concerned that a tight-fitting top may highlight parts that want to be hidden, fret not, because it’ll show off your shoulders and waist instead!

The perfect bottom for pairing a fitted top is a flattering pair of dark, flared trousers. A dark-colored bottom creates the illusion of appearing slimmer, which is is most complimentary for a pear-shaped body type. The flared hem adds to the slimming effect to achieve a well-balanced and distributed body shape. If you think flared pants are a look from the 70s, girl, they are very much back in style.

It’s always important to highlight the feature that makes you feel most confident. If that’s your shoulders, rent the off-the-shoulder or strapless trend. To further accentuate your upper body, pick a dress with some detailing along the bust. These party dresses certainly aren’t quite office appropriate, so we suggest saving this style for date night or the occasional cocktail party.

A belted dress is only one example of dresses, but it’s no doubt a favorite, especially for pear shapes with a small waist. The cinched tie accentuates curves. From office meetings to lunch in the park, a belted dress is perfect for any springtime plan. Throw your favorite denim jacket into your tote and a pair of slides or block-heeled sandals to ensure an easy transition from hot to cool and day to night.


Not only are wrap dresses practically made for a pear-shaped body, they’re also quite possibly spring’s most popular dress trend. The wrapped belt flatters in all the right places, while flowy sleeves and midi hems make them appropriate for all occasions. After all, the best part about wrap dresses is their versatility. It's a no-fail choice.

If you want to go monochromatic, two piece sets could be great options. Look for a tunic top with side vents (to prevent the tunic from clinging to thighs and rear), a slight taper at the waist to give definition and a nice wide neck opening to broaden your shoulders. The ribbed pants in skinny cut will make illusions to slim your legs while the widest part of your body will be covered by the length of the tunic. Also, the khaki color is perfect and goes with many things in the wardrobe.

When you really think about it, pear-shaped women, or any women for that matter, shouldn’t have to restrict themselves by merely choosing a certain dress style just because fashion rules might suggest they should do so. In the end, it’s your body and your sense of style—why deny something you love just to fit the rules? What is it they say? Oh yeah, rules were meant to be broken!

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