Bodies come in all shapes and sizes - and apparently fruit too! Here at Kit and Kaboodal we want to make dressing a breeze, give you confidence and make you feel unstoppable. Finding the right clothing to flatter your figure can be stressful, so we want to make it easy for you and let you know which styles will compliment your body shape, reflect your personal style and accentuate your best features. Even though sometimes we don’t feel like it, we’ve all got beautiful bodies that we need to celebrate!
One of the most common body types for women is the pear shape, a term you’ve probably heard before. But what is a pear shaped body exactly?
Classic pear shapes are characterised by having their hips and bottom wider than their shoulders and bust. If you have a slimmer upper body but tend to carry your weight around your hips and lower half, you’re likely a pear shape. Sound like you? Here at Kit and Kaboodal, we’ve got the low-down on how to dress for a pear-shaped figure and make the most of your shape!
So let’s take a look at how to dress for a pear shape, don’t worry, it’s pretty straight forward! As pear-shaped figures have narrower shoulders and bust than hips the main tip is to balance out your figure by emphasising your top half to draw attention upwards. Here are some easy tips to get you started:
Making these small changes to how you dress will balance your proportions making you legs and hips smaller(bonus!) and your shoulders proportionally broader.
From the weekday to the weekend and special occasions, dresses are a key component to your wardrobe and getting your fit right is key. There are a few tips and tricks to follow when it comes to dresses for pear shapes that you can have fun experimenting with and find the style that makes you feel your best.
Dresses with statement sleeves are also a flattering option when it comes to dresses for pear shapes, as they help to draw the eye up and balance out your body. Similarly, embellished collars or off-shoulder necklines work in the same way to add volume to your upper half and attract the attention towards your petite waist and shoulders. If you’re thinking none of my dresses have statement detailing don’t panic, you can also achieve the effect by being clever with accessories and opting for a statement necklace or pretty scarf. Accessories are also a great way to change it up and reflect your personality.
Finding the right tops for a pear shape is pretty simple. Just by following these few simple steps you’ll find plenty of tees, long sleeve tops, tunics and knitwear to style with jeans and more all year round. So before you start buying, let’s find the perfect styles for you.
When it comes to finding the perfect tops for a pear shape, there are certain necklines and shapes which are the most flattering on your figure. Opting for a wide neckline or an off the shoulder style will make your shoulders appear broader, balancing out your hips. Also for a pear shape, tops are where you can experiment the most and have fun expressing your personality. You can do this by choosing bright colours or lighter shades on top and keeping your bottom half a shade darker or in a neutral tone, this will help keep your figure in proportion. Another basic tip is to select tops with detailing, whether you choose ruffles, patterns or statement sleeves, these will all draw your eyes upwards, once again emphasising your top half.
If you’re conscious about your hips(or like to cover your bottom!) and prefer a longer length top or tunic, then a lot of our Italian linen and cotton tops will work for you too. Select a style with a dipped hem towards the back or a handkerchief hemline, as this will help create shape without adding volume everywhere, making sure you accentuate your best features.
When it comes to trousers for pear shapes, we recommend avoiding skinny trousers in favour or straight or flared styles that will create a flattering balance between your legs and hips. If you do prefer a slimmer leg then you just need choose a darker colour and balance it out with a looser fitting top.
When choosing trousers for pear shapes, it’s also important to consider details such as pockets and embellishments, as these will draw the eye down. Beware of front pockets that sit at the hips and bulge out slightly to the side, as these will emphasise your widest area rather than create the smooth and streamlined silhouette that best flatters your figure. Instead opt for a front fastening trouser with minimal pockets so they skim across your hips creating a smooth and shapely silhouette.
Now you know how to dress for your shape there is no holding you back. Embrace your body shape, search for those wide leg trousers, grab that a-line dress and purchases that embellished top! You can now shop online and fill your wardrobe with the confidence that all your items will truly fit and flatter your shape. Whether you’re a petite or plus-size, we’ve got a variety of different styles that will help you look your best, but also feel your best! Loving all the tips and tricks? Why don’t you check out our blog ‘How to Dress For Your Shape’ to explore more of our top picks for pears!