Thank you for reading one more Style with Esther!
Today we will talk about some tips and guidelines that could help a lot the pear shaped women. But keep in mind that these guidelines are not the ultimate truth, nor should they limit your fashion creativity. The body type guidelines serve as an invisible friend, they can help you in those moments you feel fashionably lost or overwhelmed.
I must confess that if you need to buy a new garment or are rushing to dress up for a party, using these guidelines can be very handy. Yet, as I said above, they’re not written in stone. So, it’s OK if you want to be adventurous and try something that is actually listed for another body type. After all, most women are a combination of two body types, so why not have fun with it and try something new? If what you’re wearing makes you feel empowered and happy, you’re probably making the right choice—but a small dose of good sense also helps.
THE BEAUTIFUL PEAR
If your hip measurement is larger than your bustline, you’re probably a pear shaped woman.
Since the attention on your figure is concentrated in your hipline, it will be a step toward harmony to distribute that attention to your upper bodice. The basic idea is to dress up your upper bodice and go simple with the lower. Easy, right?
How to bring the attention up?
By the use of pockets on your shirt, details on lapels, collars (have you seen some wonderful fake collars lately that work as a necklace?), shoulder pads, embroideries, studs, yokes, draped tops, exquisite brooches, ruffles— the list of embellishments goes on and on. If you’re in a rush and have no time for all these details, just choose a top with a stronger color or one with beautiful prints. They’re the fastest ways to bring the attention upwards.
If you like jewelry, that’s another good reason to wear big pendants or necklaces made of beautiful stones.
Also, knit tops will help you define your waistline, especially if they have a V-shaped neckline, because it will elongate your neck and bring the attention up to your face and to your tiny waist. U-shaped necklines work just as well.
What about sleeves? Give preference to sleeves with details. It could just be a knit top with small pleats on the sleeves, created with the help of an elastic, ¾ length bell sleeves or sleeves with cuffs that will bring the attention upwards and balance your look.
When wearing jackets, give preference to tailored ones, since they will define your waistline. The jacket length should reach at least 1 inch below your hipbone. If a jacket ends exactly at your hipbone, it will make your hipline look larger than it really is. Wearing cropped jackets is also OK, since they end exactly at your waistline. Just keep in mind that cropped jackets are not the rule for all pear shaped women. They could look great for some but give too much of a boxy look to others. You just have to ask yourself how you feel about that cropped jacket when facing the mirror. Listen to your heart.
When wearing dresses, give preference to wraps or fake wraps that have an A-line, semi-flared, or flared skirt. Besides the comfort, they will enhance your waistline.
A-ha! We have finally arrived to the skirt identity crisis! Many beautiful Pears have asked me about the logic of wearing A-line and flared skirts.
The answer lies not only on the skirt shape but also in the fabric being used. A flared skirt made of a lightweight, soft fabric that falls naturally, such as knits, silks and many other types of light weight fabrics, will create a really beautiful look!
On the other hand, an A-line made of a tough denim or any other heavyweight fabric will need some time for reflection upon its usage. It will look good for some and not so great for others. Keeping that in mind, go for A-lines, flared and semi-flared skirts made of lightweight fabric with confidence, as they will dress you well and look great. Another great reason for you to wear these styles is that they will fit your waistline perfectly without interfering with your hip measurement.
A soft, pencil-shaped skirt with princess lines will also create a nice look. Yes, princess lines do miracles for the pear body type, and if a skirt has two princess lines on the front and the back, with thin piping added to it—bingo! It will “divide” your silhouette in 3 and you can finally wear your pencil skirt without fear. Optical illusions are great tools when used properly!
Since the idea is to go with simple skirts, leave that tulip skirt for an inverted triangle-shaped woman. Skirts with big pockets, shiny zippers, big buttons and peplums should be left on the rack.
The ideal skirt length for you is about knee length!
“But I love maxi skirts!” I know, I know… you probably love them because they hide your legs. But what if you work with your legs instead of against it? Most Pears have beautiful legs that are a bit thicker and shorter than the other body types. And, sadly enough, they try to hide them. By doing this you’re trying to cover a hole of frustration like the people of Chelm cover their holes on the street (see my previous post).
So how to take a friendlier approach with your legs? By using the right shoe! Try a pointy-toed shoe next time you go to a shoe store. It could be a shoe without heels at all, or even if it has just a 1 inch heel, it will still elongate your legs as you’ve never seen before.
Also, have you seen the huge amount of almond-toed flats in the stores right now? Almond-toed shoes (pointy but with a bit of a rounded front) are a great choice. Leave the fully rounded-toed shoe for another person who will have a great time wearing it.
Also, shoes and sandals that have a strap in front of the ankle, more or less like children’s shoes, should be avoided. The strap that passes over the ankle will “cut” the look of your legs, making them look shorter. The same thing happens with booties that end at the ankle. Some can create the same effect as the ankle strap and shorten your beautiful legs. When cooler weather knocks on your door, try to wear mid-calf or long boots. Just keep in mind that such boots should be fitted at the ankle. I know you love your Uggs, but… there are lots of choices out there to explore.
Attention! Red sign! Sirens! You are beautiful the way you are!
Be kind to yourself and know one thing: a pear shaped woman is made of 2 sizes within the same body. She could be a size 8 in the waistline and a size 10 or 12 in the hipline. That’s why it’s challenging sometimes to find a fitted skirt or dress that suits your needs.
Now that you know it, you can stop blaming yourself for something that is the industry’s fault. They could produce better garments if they really wanted to.
Your body type is gorgeous, be grateful for it, and with the guidelines above, I’m sure you’ll find it easier now next time you go shopping.
See you next week!
About the Author: Fashion Designer and Stylist Esther Goldberger is the creator of DELLASUZA, designing and selling her easy, “five seconds to wear,” colorful and comfortable dresses that have enchanted so many on the streets of Canada and USA. “When I design, I always imagine the woman who will wear the garment, and whether she will find it easy to walk around in. We should enjoy our clothes to the point we forget we’re wearing them." Esther and her supportive husband, Abie, live in beautiful and fashionable Montreal, Canada.
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