There’s an abundance of information out there on the subject of body shapes. Before you read any further, stop and think about your body. Really think about its proportions, your build, bone structure and posture. Hold onto that image in the knowledge that is it a completely unique one. Unless you have an identical twin, your body is one of 6.7 billion on this earth and is not the same as any other.


Pear Characteristics

  • A defined waist
  • Larger hips and thighs
  • Narrower shoulders than hips
  • Wear larger size on bottom than top

How To Create Visual Balance
~ You need to balance your top half with your lower half by wearing clothes that make your shoulders look broader
~ Your jackets and tops need to finish either above or below the widest point of your hips and bottom
~ Layering on your top half creates visual interest and draws the eye upwards
~ Wear volume, clutter, pattern, colour on your top half, so hips and thighs will seem narrower
~ Wear fitted styles around your waist and always accentuate your waistline e.g. empire line, wraps, fitted lines
~ Make your shoulders look broader with e.g. shoulder pads, puffed sleeves, cap sleeve t-shirts, boleros

~ Narrowing leg, pleats or creases in your leg line, pinstripe suits, turn-ups in your trousers, wide or flared leg lines. Also avoid combat or cropped trousers or culottes
~ Details, patterns, pockets on your thigh and hip area and belts on your hips
~ Flared or ruffled sleeve lines, straight skirts or pencil skirts
~ Bags that sit on your hips
~ Ankle straps, kitten heels, delicate footwear, round toe shoes, ankle boots with straps around your calf area, Uggs
~ Mini skirts or any other hemline (including single or double vents in jackets) that finishes on your hips, thighs or any other full point of your leg
~ Dropped waistlines or dropped panels
~ Sloping or narrow shoulder lines


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