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Pear-Shaped Body: Awesome Tips for Styling a Pear-Shaped Body Type

People with a pear-shaped body carry most of their weight in their lower body, with a defined waist, narrow shoulders, and wide hips. There are lots of great options for clothes that flatter pear-shaped bodies. Keep reading to learn how to pick clothes that will highlight the best features of a pear-shaped body type.

Your body might be pear shaped if you have the following characteristics:

  • You carry most of your fat in the lower half of your body.
  • Your hips are larger than your bust.
  • You have a defined waist.
  • You have an elegant neck and slim arms and shoulders.
  • Your shoulders are narrower than your hips.
  • You have fuller hips.
  • You have a fuller rear.
  • You gain weight in your bottom half before your stomach and upper body
  • You consider your waist one of your favorite assets and like to highlight it. 

The pear body shape, also sometimes called the triangle shape, is associated with gynoid obesity. This is when most of your fat is stored around your hips and thighs. This type of fat is known as passive fat. Bottom fat can be beneficial to your health in terms of insulin resistance and cholesterol levels. On the other hand, fat carried around your stomach area is often linked to serious health problems. Bottom fat is typically difficult to lose.

Most people cannot change their body type. You can tone certain muscles, but it’s difficult if not impossible to target weight loss in specific areas. Instead of worrying about changing your body type, embrace your body shape and show it off!

The trick to styling a pear-shaped body is balanced proportions. For pear-shaped bodies, this usually means adding more volume to the top, emphasizing a defined waist, and slimming the bottom. People with pear-shaped bodies look great in clothing that elongates their bodies. 

Because people with pear-shaped bodies have defined waists, they may want to draw attention to their upper bodies with beautiful tops. You might want to pick tops that are bright and eye-catching. Shirts that are very fitted or have structure can also be extremely flattering. Some shirts with eye-catching features that draw the eye up often have:

  • Cowl necks
  • Scoop necks
  • Plunging V-necks 
  • Bell sleeves

Statement necklaces and earrings can also help draw the eye to the upper body. 

When it comes to choosing dresses for a pear-shaped body, there are lots of options. If your butt is one of your best assets, you can accentuate it. If you have a different favorite body part, you can choose a dress that draws the eye elsewhere.

A-line skirts that are light without too much volume look great on pear-shaped bodies. A dress with lots of fabric or material in the skirt can make the bottom seem larger. 

A dress with a hemline that hits right below the knee will elongate your body. This helps make your hips and thighs look slimmer. 

Maxi dresses also look great on pear-shaped bodies. 

Dresses with open backs and/or embellished necklines can emphasize the waist and draw the gaze upwards. 

A skin-tight dress that hugs your body can help emphasize your butt. Pairing this type of dress with heels will add height and elongate your legs. 

Some great dress styles for people with pear-shaped bodies are:

  • A-line
  • Fit-and-flare 
  • Wrap 
  • Off-the-shoulder

Some people with pear-shaped bodies prefer bathing suit bottoms with moderate to full coverage. Dark colors on the bottom and bottoms with scooped or high-cut legs can also be flattering. Bottoms that are cut more horizontally can make your butt and legs look larger. 

Bathing suit tops that are light-colored, patterned, or have embellishments are great for flattering pear-shaped bodies. A padded or push-up bra can add volume to the top of your body and help balance out the bottom. 

Tankinis with wide-set straps make great swimsuits for people with pear-shaped bodies.

Flare and bootcut jeans will really flatter pear-shaped bodies. The wider leg opening of these designs creates a nice visual balance with a larger butt. Bootcut and classic jean styles can also be very elongating. 

People who don’t want to draw attention to their bottom half can also consider wearing dark jeans, which have a slimming effect.  

High-rise or high-waisted jeans can make your legs look longer and thinner. If you have a shorter torso, mid-rise jeans might be more flattering. 

Slim or straight jean styles may look better on people with pear-shaped bodies than skinny jeans.

A pear-shaped body type tends to be more bottom-heavy. The characteristic features of this body shape include a defined waist and narrow shoulders. People with pear-shaped bodies may want to balance out their larger lower body and draw attention to their top half. Wearing subtle, darker pieces on the bottom and bold items on top can help accomplish this. All body types are beautiful, and people with pear-shaped bodies can highlight their favorite body parts. You can wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and confident and use these tips to emphasize your best features.

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