Styling Tips for Plus Size Pear Shapes

After my post on styling plus size apple shapes, I got many requests for styling pear shapes.  Although I do plan to give tips for all shapes, I’m writing them in order of requests.  So, if you have a request, please leave it in the comments below.

When it comes to styling tips, tricks, guidelines, and suggestions, please ALWAYS remember…

  • Fashion is meant to be fun, creative, and an expression of the self.  There are NO RULES.
  • Ultimately wear what you want.  Wear what makes you feel good and brings you joy.
  • Everyone is unique.  No suggestion will work for everyone because everyone is different.  Some people are short, tall, long torso, short legs, small bust, big bust, no waist, wide hips, etc.  I could go on and on.  We are all unique combinations.  Use what works for you.  Disregard what doesn’t.
  • Experiment!  Because you are unique, you are going to have to experiment.  Try out some of my suggestions.  Use what you like.

Styling Tips for Plus Size Pear Shapes

Styling Plus Size Pear Shapes - Plus Size Fashion for Women - #alexawebb

From image, clockwise: Plus Size A-line Skirt, Plus Size Flutter Sleeve Blouse, Plus Size Bootcut Trousers, Plus Size Striped Sweater, Plus Size Bootcut Jeans, Plus Size Cowlneck Sweater

Are you a plus size pear shape?

Pear shapes have hips and thighs that are larger than their shoulders and busts.  Pears usually have trouble finding clothes that are large enough in the hip, rear, and thighs but small enough in the waist.  Chastity of Garner Style and Anna of Glitters and Lazers come to mind when I think of plus size pear shaped bloggers.  Be sure to check out those awesome ladies!

Styling Plus Size Pear Shapes Goals

No matter your shape, typically the “goal” is to create the illusion of an hourglass shape: bust and hips the same size with a smaller defined waist.  Balanced.  So for a pear shape, we try to make the upper half of the body look more similar in size to the hips while keeping the waist looking smaller.

  • Balancing the hips and thighs.
  • Emphasizing the waist.
  • Drawing attention to the upper part of the body.
  • Elongating the legs
  • Clothing that fits the waist and hips/thighs properly.

I used quotes around “goals” for a couple of reasons.  One, no matter your shape [or size], celebrate, appreciate, and love your body.  And two, although the hourglass is the coveted “ideal” shape, celebrate that booty and dem hips tho!  Seriously, this is the era of the boo-tay.

And if you want to get “scientific” about it… [Sorry, I really can’t stop using “quotes.”]  As I talked about in my proportions post, physical “attractiveness” is really about ratios.  Go here for a quick laymen’s explanation of the ideal waist-to-hip ratio.  Although the post fails to mention that it was always about the ratio and not about general size that the men in the study found attractive.  So, the bottom line is, if you’re rocking hips, thighs, and booty, consider yourself lucky and don’t worry too much about finding “balance.”  Oh and confidence is the most attractive thing.  Ever.  Hands down.  Ok, I’m done.

Now let’s get into the specifics about how to achieve these “goals.” 😉

Styling Tips for Plus Size Pear Shapes – Tops

Because your hips are a lot wider than your shoulders, emphasizing the shoulders with a ruffle or puffy sleeve, will offer you some balance.  Even jackets with a small shoulder pad are great options.

Or draw the attention up to your upperbody with a cowlneck, statement necklace or even just a bold printed top.  Stripes on top also help to balance out the hips.  I love this plus size striped sweater for pear shapes because it also has embellishments on the shoulders, which creates the illusion of more width in the shoulders.

More tips for tops:

  • Wear lighter colors or prints on top and darker colors on the bottom.
  • Wear A-line dresses, skirts, coats and tunics.
  • Wear cropped cardigans and jackets over longer tunics.
  • Emphasize your natural waist with belts.

Plus Size Pear Shapes: It’s all about fit!

I have some bad news.  Most of the garments you can buy off the rack aren’t going to fit properly.  Ad worse news, fit for a pear shape is really important.  Wearing “flowy” tops and dresses is less flattering on you, so you don’t want to just buy loose-fitting garments and call it a day. And fit is such an underestimated part of looking polished.  If something doesn’t fit well, it just doesn’t look good.

So, I recommend you get yourself a good tailor.  You will probably have to buy pieces large enough to fit your hips and thighs and have them taken in by a professional in the waist, bust, and shoulders.  Do try brands that cater to your shape.  Try Viola Fit from Eloquii, which is a collection that is for plus size women who are 1 – 2 sizes larger in the hips.  Or try Good American jeans, which boast gap-free waists.

You can also try custom-sized clothing.  Eshakti offers cute clothing designs that you can customize and even submit your exact measurements for clothes that fit like a glove and won’t break the bank!  And Tailor Store offers more professional clothes cut to your measurements.

Styling Tips for Plus Size Pear Shapes – Bottoms

Wear jeans and pants that are bootcut, kick flare, and flared legs.  If you are going to wear skinny jeans, pair with a longer a-line tunic.  Top with a cropped cardigan or jacket to elongate your legs.  Skirts should also be a-line.  Avoid pencil, straight, and mini skirts.


I hope these tips have helped!  If you have any questions, please leave in the comments below.  This post is the second in a series about dressing for your plus size shape.  You can find them all with my styling educational posts in the Style 101 section.

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2 thoughts on “Styling Tips for Plus Size Pear Shapes

  1. Not a pear here (barrel, actually) but viola player, and I LOVE that Eloquii has commemorated this beautiful instrument with beautiful clothes for beautiful ladies! 🙂

    Love your blog!


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