My New Favorite Outfit: Tips for Styling a Pear Shape

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tips for Styling a Pear Shape

I'm excited to be back again this week to share tips for styling a pear shape. Last week I covered dressing for an hourglass shape here, in case you missed it, and that happens to be your shape. When creating this post I found some great tips on The Chic Fashionista, let credit be given when it is due : ) Not sure if the pear shape applies to you, here are some of the characteristics:
  • You have a well-defined waist
  • You're bust and shoulders are narrower than your hem-line
  • Your thighs and rear might be full and rounded
  • You might have short, full, or muscular legs
I actually had two readers share pictures, and both have different styles, so I'll be creating looks for two different ladies today.  First fellow blogger at Bookworm 1858, the lovely Stephanie.  It seems she already knows a number of the tips I'm going to share today, she looks great in this a-line dress! I asked her some questions and am excited to create some looks for her today too.

If this fits your body type, utilize the tips below to look your best each day.

Work to highlight your upper-body. You can do this by:
  • Wearing statement necklaces
  • Wearing scarves
  • Wearing a horizontal neckline to elongate the appearance of your shoulders to make them look more proportionate to your hips, like a boat neck
  • Wearing patterned tops and prints to draw attention upward
  • Wearing a light-colored or bright top and dark bottoms
There are also a few ways to downplay your curves, if you'd like. You can do this by:
  • Wearing dark colors
  • Wearing tops, sweaters, and jackets that hit below the hipbone
  • Avoid wearing lengths that hit across the widest part of your hip.
  • Wearing heels to elongate your legs
  • Wearing wide leg, flare, or boot cut-this will help lengthen your legs and draw attention away from your hips.
  • Wearing A-line, flowy, and maxi skirts
Keeping these tips in mind, I worked to create a work look for Stephanie.  She said she likes to dress up with pencil skirts and blouses and love pastel colors.  I picked a great peplum top in a light color to accentuate her small waist.  The structure and neckline will also help even out pear shaped proportions.   I chose a black pencil skirt to downplay her curves, and I also added a cardigan for layering, although, this outfit would be great on her without the cardigan too.  Also, in keeping with the tips listed above I chose a statement necklace to draw the attention up and chic black heels to lengthen her legs.  Heels with straps tend to cut off the leg, so if you want to look taller, steer clear of that style of heel. 

Work Wear- pear

On the weekend Stephanie likes to keep it casual.  I chose a great straight leg jean and short boot with a heel to elongate her legs.  She also said she polka dots, so I chose a great button down to go under this wine colored sweater that will look great with her hair and skin tone.  I also added a statement necklace to draw our attention up, then simple studs and a watch.
Weekend Wear-pear

Stephanie said she loves to get dressed up for date nights and loves all shades of blue too.  I found this beautiful a-line dress for her.  The neckline will help to even out pear shaped proportions and the darts will help to elongate her figure, and the simple flare will help draw attention away from her hips and onto her tiny waist.  I picked out some great statement jewelry match, a basic black cardigan for layering, and a great leopard heel to finish the look off. 
Date Night-pear

Dress / Cardigan / Heels / Clutch / Necklace / Earrings / Bracelet

The next reader I'll be creating some outfits for is Renae.  Her style differs from Stephanie's so it'll give you even some more options for things to wear if you happen to be pear shaped. : )

Renae typically wears pants to work, so I created workwear options with pants following the tips above.  I picked a dark, straight leg bottom and a bright top to draw attention up. I also thought some fun pattern mixing would be great on a pear shape too, to add interest up as well. I finished it off with a great heel to elongate the leg and some cute bracelets too. Renae will be styling in this for work!
Work Wear-pear

Blouse / Blazer / PantsHeel / Coach purse / Bracelet / Bangle / Scarf

Renae says she typically dresses pretty casually on the weekend, so I kept the look pretty simple.  Following the tips above I picked a great dark straight-leg jean and a boatneck tee.  To make the outfit a little special a picked a great bold scaf and pendant necklace to layer and a fun teal flat.  Perfect for wanting to run errands and still look cute.

Weekend Wear-pear

Jeans / Shirt / Ballet Flat / Purse / Bracelet / Necklace / Scarf

Renae said that she's like a dressy-casual look for date night.  Following the tips above a created a great date night look for her.  The bright top and dark bottom will help draw attention up and I'm so loving the top I found!  I also chose a great nude heel and beautiful accessories to finish off the look as well.

Date Night-pear

Shirt / Jeans / Heel / Bangle / Earrings

I also made this handy image for you girls too : )

It was so much fun creating this post.  Thanks so much to Stephanie and Renae too!  Next week I'll be sharing tips for styling an inverted triangle. Not sure of your shape?  Check out this post for specific characteristics for each shape. 

Also, there are two link-ups on the blog this week!  First is on Wednesday called "Many Days, Many Ways." Link up a new post where you've taken a piece and restyled it many ways.  The link-up button is on my side bar. :)  The second link-up is on Friday called Style Swap.  Pick a blogger buddy to swap styles with and link up your looks this Friday! The button is also on my side bar.


  1. Great post! It looks like I'm already doing the things I should be. I guess it's been through trial and error and just knowing what I like and what I feel is more comfortable and flattering. But it's good to have some actual guidelines to go by too!

  2. Love, love, love that first set of Work Wear options! They are right up my alley.


  3. I'm not a pear shape but I think a-line dresses are so flattering on a lot of different body types!

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  4. You did such a great job of creating all these looks! I love the second date night option!

  5. WOW so many great outfits and options for these ladies. A great post and am already looking forward yo the one next week. I also mentioned your new link up "Many days, many ways" on my blog today. Also, while styling my sweater I thought of you since you prefer me in simpler outfits. Take a peek. =)

  6. I love these so much-I'm definitely going through my closet this weekend to see if I have anything similar and to shop if I don't :) These pieces fit my style so well-thank you for your excellent work!

  7. Great tips! My bottom half is definitely "fuller" so these ideas will definitely come in handy.

  8. I love the first work wear, I think peplum works for all body types too :)


  9. I am in love with the 1st weekend wear outfit you created!!!

  10. I've got a bit of a pear shape (if I have any shape!) and I've definitely found using scarfs or jackets to get more volume on top works great, and that I feel most comfortable in flared skirts.

  11. What a fun series Ginny. I'm pretty sure I'm a pear and loved all your tips. You did a great job creating different looks.