Figuring out what looks good on you is a long and personal journey. But it always helps to be in the know about your body type—which women share your shape and what styles are undeniably flattering. For anyone who relates to a pear body type, consider this your go-to guide. We're touching all the bases, from the exact definition of a pear shape to the celebrities who share your stunning curves to exactly how to dress for a pear-shaped body.
Not sure if you'd consider yourself pear-shaped? We recommend measuring, and if your hips are more than 5% bigger than your shoulders or bust, it's safe to say your body fits the definition. Once you've done the maths, we're calling out the clothes that are guaranteed to flatter your figure, along with the items you may want to skip. Armed with this handy guide, you can celebrate and show off your curves. So if you've been curious to learn a little more about the best ways to dress—and shop—for your body type, we've got your back.
Read on for all you need to know about pear body types and to shop our picks to help you show off your gorgeous style.
Celebrities With a Pear Body Type
Designers for Pear Body Types
Consider looking to designers who tend toward sleek and sophisticated silhouettes. Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Carolina Herrera, and Diane von Furstenberg are all examples of those that embrace curves.
What to Wear
Wear: A-Line Dress
Avoid: Drop-Waist Dress
Wear: a Belt Around the Waist
Avoid: Jackets or Toppers That Hit at the Hip
Wear: Flared Pants
Avoid: Low-Waisted Pants
Wear: Printed Top
Avoid: Embellished Bottoms
Wear: Off-the-Shoulder Styles
Avoid: Tops That Are Baggy
Alice McCall Bon Voyage Off-the-Shoulder Embroidered Cotton Blouse ($270)
Drawing attention to your shoulders creates a balance.
Available in sizes UK6 to UK14.