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

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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.  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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10 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!

    thanks!

  2. I’m a short lumpy pear. While most articles on a pear shape say to accent the waist, I don’t like doing this because I have a large muffin top of a waist. I want to wear more skirts and dresses, but I feel like if the skirt/dress fits in the bigger part of my wait it looks huge every where else. If I fit to the smaller part of my waist, then I have the hang over issue (and it’s uncomfortable). What style of skirt/dress would fit my body frame the best?

    1. Probably, like myself and all other pears, you have trouble finding the right size. Muffin tops are created by a too-tight waist in your pants, which squeezes the fat up and out making it look like a muffin top. my proportions are such that I am two sizes larger in my hips than my waist. Which means that when I buy pants I have to buy them in the larger size to properly fit my hips and butt, but then they are gaping in the waistband (common problem for pears) which requires having them taken in in the waist. Some “curvy” brands better account for this difference between waist and hips and make pants proper to begin with, but almost always some tailoring will be involved to get a great fit that doesn’t cause a muffin top. I have a pair of mid-rise Levi’s that fit great with no tailoring. Another thing that helps me is to buy high waisted pants, tuck in my shirt, and throw on a belt. The belt fixes the too-big waist problem and saves me having to pay to have my pants taken in. I got a couple pairs of high waist skinny jeans at Target recently that, while the waist is still slightly bigger than I would like, it isn’t terrible and a belt keeps them up. I had to buy them in a size 12, which fits my hips, but if going by my waist measurments I should have been able to get an 8. The 8 was way too tight around my hips and thighs and just shoved any and all fat up and out.

      For skirts, A-line always. Not too long or short. Keep the 1/3:2/3 proportions. Don’t cut off your legs with shoes that have ankle straps. If your skirt fits correctly, it should gently hug your waist and flare out to cover your belly and hips. Too-tight skirts cause the same problem as pants and squeeze the fat making it seem lumpier than it is. For dresses, fit-and-flare or wrap dresses, collared shirt dresses with a belt. Always accentuate at the smallest part of your waist. Make sure your proportions are balanced. Anything with a fitted top and A-line bottom. Make sure your top half is accessorized to draw the attention up and balance out the bottom. Also, make sure you have the right fabrics. Nothing too clingy unless you want to wear Spanx/shapewear under.

  3. I find that most of the tips for Pear shape actually make me feel bigger on the bottom. I have a very small waist and extra wide hips. If I wear anything that isn’t fitted on the bottom I look extra bulky throughout the legs. I’m more like an inverted triangle on the bottom. So finding pants that look flattering is such a struggle!

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