The Pear Figure Defined

I am going to cover a few basic body types this week.
I am way over simplifying body types.
Every woman's body is different.
BUT for the sake of the blog,
I am going to tell you some basic rules for some common body types
and hopefully you will fall into one of these.

Today we are talking about PEARS.
Most women are pear shaped.
What does this mean?
If you are a pear you have a smaller torso,waist and rib cage with larger hips, upper legs and bum. 
When you gain weight it tends to go to your lower body. 
This is a very easy body type to dress, IF you know what you are doing.

You can wear:
crew neck tops
v-neck tops
scoop neck tops
boat neck tops
cape sleeves
a-line skirts
dresses with fitted tops are MADE for your body type
wide leg pants that are wide from the hip to the foot
pants that are longer and worn with heels
belts at your waist
standard size pockets on jeans
jeans that are distressed a little from the hip to the foot in the front ( helps lengthen the leg)
horizontal striped tops
fitted well tailored blouses
empire waist dresses
A line dresses
50's style dresses ( tight bodice with flared skirt)

You want to play up your slim upper body by wearing fitted tops and lose bottoms.
Wrap tops and shirts, sweaters and jackets with belts at the waist will draw the eye to your slim waist.
If you have that problem with items being to wide at the waist to fit your hips ( A LOT of women do), buy the piece anyway and take it to a tailor.

cargo pants
denim with contrast stitching on the bum an or tiny pockets.
on the seam pockets (they will blunge)
tops, or jackets that end at your widest point
skinny jeans and leggings ( unless worn with a tunic type long top)
over sized boxy tops and sweaters
booties ( unless with pants)
gladiator sandals that go up the ankle

Pear #2

Gap White Linen Pants $59.50
Striped V-Neck T-shirt Banana Republic $29.50
Spiral Bracelet Stella and Dot $49
Cork Wedge Sandals Target $24.99
Leather Belt Banana Republic $59.99


Jennifer said...

LOVE the second outfit!

Rory said...

Thanks for this...I think I am hourglass so I look forward to seeing your tips for me.

Nikki said...

I'd say I'm pear shaped because I have nothing up top to balance out the rest. For the life of me I can't belt though. I buy them, try it. They bunch, they look bad, my husband gives me funny looks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I'm an hourglass... with a HUGE BUST. I have so much trouble finding items to fit me!

Megan said...

I love both outfits (especially the second one). However, the white pants in the first outfit have side seam pockets, which you said to avoid. Being pear shaped, those kinds of pockets NEVER work for me. My hips end up looking 5 inches wider. But one thing I learned is that if you find a really good fitting pair of pants with side seam pockets, the pockets can be sewn closed (my alterations place does it) and they'll never bulge again!

Jennifer said...

The pockets I am referring to are actually in the side seams this pair has a slight angle and isn't in the seam of the pant. So these aren't quite as bad however vertical pocket are best for pear bodies as you know. And sewing pockets shut is a GREAT tip! I also recommend cutting out the pockets all together on most white pants (they tend to show through the pant) and sewing them shut.
Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer said...

oops I mean horizontal pockets.
The straight vertical are the ones to avoid LOL

Megan said...

Ooh, that's a really good idea for white pants or heck, any pants that the pockets show through! I'm totally doing that. Cut 'em out and sew 'em down! Anyway, I know those aren't true side seam pockets but even those diagonal pockets won't work on me unless the pockets are sewn. I got a big booty and a small waist! Buying and altering pants are quite an adventure for me.

Jennifer said...

Aww Megan
I know it is rough cause most pants have these angled pockets! I am going to tell all my apple clients to sew the pockets shut from now on.Thanks so much for your insight! You aren't alone with the curves, any other tips for the pears out there?

sealaura said...

great tips. I am so excited to see the other body type tips.

Kristine said...

My name is Kristine and I am a PEAR. LOL.

Thank you for the tips. These are great.

I wore a flower on my outfit yesterday and I thought of you...even told my friends at church that you said it was the "in" thing...hope I wore it correctly!

I just love what you can put together!

Jackie said...

I am a pear shape and am loving these tips! Thanks!

kim said...

Hi Jennifer, This is a great list! Thank you for posting it. What do you think about capris for pears (also I am a petite pear - 5'3")? I have heard conflicting info about them.

kim said...

Wow, thanks for the quick reply. Thanks for the info on Capri pants. What about cropped pants or the boyfriend pants that you role up? Would the same rule still apply?

Jennifer said...

Petite pears can do capris if your lower legs are slender. If you have thick legs I'd avoid them.
They can make you look shorter and thicker.

Jennifer said...

Yep same rule :) However there are exceptions, but this is a good basic rule.

Anonymous said...

last few days our class held a similar discussion about this topic and you point out something we have not covered yet, appreciate that.

- Kris