Pear Body Shape

Is your Body Shape… Perfect Pear?!

If this is you:

Your shoulders are narrower than your hips

You are bottom heavy with weight, mainly in buttocks, low hips and thighs

Your bust is small to medium, and in general your upper body is smaller than your lower.


Don’t forget that you could be what we like to call the ‘Fruit Salad’ (yeah, we did come up with that particular one ourselves!). You could have it all going on around the tum but be more top or bottom heavy, you could even be slightly hourglass if you gain a waistline when you drop a few pounds. Once you can identify all of the body shapes you’re leaning towards and understand them, styling yourself will be a doddle!

First off, we’re not going to use the words ‘Saddle Bags’ anywhere in this article. Well ok, we just did, but not in relation to your lovely form. It’s a term brought to popularity by Trinny and Susannah talking about carrying a little extra on your hips and thighs, and it’s really common when talking about the Pear shape body type. It’s not nice though, is it?

Where you usually carry that little bit extra when you gain some weight is one of the key factors in figuring out your body type. For Pear people, that’s going to be round your hips and thighs, generally. It’s sometimes called the Triangle, as your hips will be wider than your shoulders, perhaps with a defined waist and shorter legs (but not in every case!)

A great way to dress for this body type is to accentuate the shoulders, draw attention to your upper body and waist, and elongate the legs. Generally we’ll try to avoid focus on your thigh and hip area with embellishments, patterns, pockets, and wouldn’t have belts or bags sitting on your hips. Ideally you’re looking for straight, clean lines on the bottom, and any extra fanciness put up top… balancing out your lower half is the key.

A bardot or peasant style top is fabulous on Pear types – anything off the shoulder, or if you don’t want to bare the shoulders try something that draws attention to that area, particularly with ruffles or details up at shoulder level, and a simple straight sleeve.

Grace Kelly had the right idea lads, with that classic black fitted top sitting just slightly off the shoulder, accentuating a defined waist, with a full pleated skirt. Generally you might be told to avoid big skirts when you rock this body type, but the full skirts that were around last season are going nowhere because they suit so many different body types when worn in different ways, yours included. Sure you could have anything going on under those pleats and extra layers, and it’s all balanced out nicely, top and bottom.

Now, as we’ve said, these are general guidelines, as everyone’s body is different. We’d love you to call in and experiment with these styles… in Redlane, our staff are all professionally trained to give you the best advice on what will work for your specific body shape, and what outfits are perfect for your special occasions. There’s a wealth of experience you can draw from to get your perfect look!

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