Pear shaped is the term used to describe ladies with proportionately wide hips and thighs, slim torsos and relatively small waists and busts. It may seem a little strange to use a fruit to describe the shape of someones body but it creates quite an accurate picture in your head. The pear shape is probably one of the most common body types for women. The secret to looking stylish what ever you size is to identify your body shape and the styles which tend to flatter it. Once you know what sorts of clothes to wear, you will always look and feel great and avoid buying clothes that you later decide don’t suit you. Here are 5 great ways to flatter a pear shaped figure.
1. Boot cut/ straight leg trousers
A pair of tailored boot cut trousers or jeans is probably the most flattering style of trousers for ladies with a pear shaped figure. The fitted shape around the top skims over the hips and thighs and drapes straight down to a wider hem. The width of the bottom of the trousers helps to balance the width of the hips and thighs. For maximum effect opt for vertical stripes and wear with heels to lengthen the leg and the hem reaching to just above the floor. These Ladies Straight Leg Pin Stripe Trousers in Brown are a really flattering choice and great for work.
2. A line skirt
The a line skirt is a good alternative to boot cut trousers especially for the summer. Again the gently flaring shape skims over and disguises the hips and the thighs and the wider hem helps to balance the width of the hips and thighs. Diagonal lines or stripes on the skirt can help to slim this area as can dark colours particularly black. You should look for skirts that finish on or just below the knee. Again high heels are a great way to elongate and slim the legs. This Dark Grey with Black Flock Print A Line Skirt is both flattering and very stylish.
3. Boat neck top
A boat neck top is another great balancing act for a pear shaped lady. It creates the illusion of wider shoulders making the hips appear proportionately smaller. If you really want to maximise the effect choose a top with horizontal stripes.
4. Jacket that finishes just below the hip bone
Where your tops, jackets and even skirts finish is really important when choosing figure flattering clothes. A hem line or the bottom of a top or jacket will draw attention to an area so you should avoid the widest parts of the hips or legs.
5. Empire line dresses
Another very flattering style for a number of different body shapes is the empire line dress. The seam or high waist just below the bust draws the eye towards the narrowest part of the torso. The looser skirt then covers and disguises the hip and thigh area. You should aim to find empire line dresses that finish on or just below the knee.