How to Dress a Pear Shape


Hi ladies, this week I am following on from my article about the apple body type and focusing on the pear shape. I’m sharing style tips on what essentials you should add to your wardrobe and what not to wear!


Pear Shaped Celebrities: Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Tyra Banks

Some of the characteristics of the pear are petite top half and narrow shoulders, a defined waist, smaller bust and full hips and thighs. If you gain weight you tend to store fat around your lower half.

 You want to elongate your figure, minimising hips and thighs to make sure the top half flows through to the bottom half.

How to dress a pear shape body type



Cue Peplum Jacket Was $195.30

A fitted hip-length jacket is ideal for a pear body type preferably with shoulder pads, this will balance out your frame . Bold, dramatic styles with lapels work well as they draw attention away from your hip region. A flared peplum jacket is great on a pear shape because it can camouflage the broader lower half.



Portmans Sienna Rose Fit & Flare Dress $199.95

Go for A-line or flared skirts and dresses as they tend to highlight the waist and skim hips and thighs. They also draw attention to the upper body, shoulders, and neck. Pair with a form-fitting v-neck blouse to create an hour glass shape.


Coast Chemille Cover Up $95

A shrug is a great look for a pear because it emphasises and expands the top half.  Wear a bolero or shrug with a party dress for volume and impact.



AX Paris Lace Tunic with Belt Was $49.51 Now $20.17

A belt is your friend! A top with a belt will accentuate a small waist and define the hips. This is exactly what you need to balance out your body.

Per Una Bali Tile Print Dress Was $85 Now $50

An empire line dress can add volume to the bust. It is also a very flattering style on the legs and hips and draws the eye away from problem areas. The high waist is great for a pear shape figure because the area just under the bust is usually the narrowest part of the body. The ruffle detail on the neckline of this dress also draws attention to the top half and the pleating highlights the chest and neckline.  An added bonus! FYI wrap dresses and tops are great for pears too.



ASOS Kimono Sleeve Top Was $55.45 Now $24.76

A top with kimono or puff sleeves is perfect for pear shaped ladies. The sleeves add volume to your arms and balance out the derriere and give the illusion of a wider chest and shoulders. You can choose long or short.


Alice & You Cobalt Blue Trousers $46.60

Always make sure that your trousers/jeans are darker than the rest of your outfit. Dark coloured flared pants draw attention away from the hips and bring balance between the upper and lower part of the body creating a more flattering line overall. Wear with a jacket with shoulder pads for that all important balance!

What not to wear:

  • Cargo pants
  • Hemlines below the knee
  • Ankle straps
  • Bias cut skirts
  • Bottoms with drawstrings
  • Skirts/trousers with pleats and/or side pockets

Lastly, accessorise with a platform shoe or high heel wedge to balance you out and add statement necklaces, earrings, scarves or embellished necklines to draw attention to your top half! Stay tuned for my next instalment on the hourglass body type.

What shape are you?


  • Vanessa says:

    I loved this advice Dee. Great examples too. I think a lot applies to me as an hourglass but I’ll stay tuned for the next instalment anyhoo!

  • I think I might be an hourglass because my hips and shoulders are the same width, but I seem to be lacking the most important part – a small waist! I’m an hourglass with too much sand in the middle! Love that lace tunic! Definitely not a pear shape as those pants look fab – except on me!

    Thank you for joining Wardrobe Wednesday! xx

  • I’m not an exaggerated pear shape but a pear all the same, as my upper body is slightly smaller than my lower half. You are absolutely spot on with everything in this post! Though these days, I tend to steer clear from flared or bootcut pants and jeans – I feel bigger than I actually am in them. Instead, I opt for straight leg or slim cut, but always in darker colours!

    • mamastylista says:

      Yes straight leg jeans are great for pears too. Seven for All Mankind do great jeans for curvier body shapes. x

  • Steph Allen says:

    I recently lost and then gained a fair bit of weight as as such changed from a curvy rectangle to more of a pear. I still don’t feel like I can wear those high-necklines (which weren’t great when I wasn’t as slim across the collar-bone and I have fairly broad shoulders) but I am totally digging dresses that are fitted on the top and a-line or skimming on the bottom-half. And I belt EVERYTHING! Something can look shapeless and terrible on me and leave me looking like a giant square and then I belt it and it gets better by about a thousand! My problem now is that I don’t want to wear anything other then dressed. I am HATING myself in pants :S Great post btw 🙂

    • mamastylista says:

      Have you tried Seven for All Mankind jeans or Levis Curve ID? They are a great fit for curvy body types. x

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