Plus Size Proportions: Pear Shapes

Attention all Pears, this one’s for you!

If your hip measurement is quite a bit greater than your bust measurement, consider yourself a Pear shape!  Pear shapes usually have:

o A bottom heavy shape

o A thin and slender neck

o Narrow or sloping shoulders

o Larger and more generous lower hips and thighs

The shape that you have is a natural woman’s body shape. It’s beautiful and I bet you’ve gotten plenty of appreciative stares. Men have been forever hardwired to choose a mate based on her ability to bear offspring, and—dating further back than ancient Mesopotamia—curves symbolize fertility. Follow in the footsteps of celebrities like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez who have popularized this feminine body shape and celebrate your curves!

To quote Barb and Lorna, owners of Bodacious —a haven for the full-figured fashionista here in Vancouver:

“We encourage women to love their bodies, curves and all! At Bodacious we discourage phrases like, ‘My butt’s too big for this skirt’, and turn it around to ‘This skirt is just too small for my bodacious butt!’

The most important tip for dressing a Pear shape body is to focus on adding width to your shoulders and volume to your bust. This doesn’t mean you have to pull out the shoulder pads and padded bras! Instead, look for tops with a few ruffles, details or draping at the neck, or gathers at the shoulder. The extra fabric will widen your shoulders and create more of an hourglass silhouette. By creating more width and volume through your shoulders and chest, you not only minimize and balance your hips, you also frame your lovely face. Tops like the “Divine Cowl”, “Ruffle Tee”, and “Tribeca Tunic” do just that!

For bottoms, try the “Serene Pant” and “Rhythm Gaucho”—perfect to balance wider hips as they flow away from the body, widening at the hem.

Also, A-line skirts like the “Ruffle Skirt” or “Tiffany Skirt” have the same effect.

Lastly, when you have a Pear shape, never underestimate the power of emphasizing your waist. The “Martini Dress” makes the most of a pretty, small waistline with a crossover wrap front and pleated details at the back. This dress also features an A-line skirt.

If you love your curves and want to emphasize them then by all means, show ’em off! No matter what body type you’ve got make sure that the clothes properly fit your body’s measurements. Focus on achieving a proportionate body silhouette and leave plenty of room to highlight your best assets. Believe that curves are beautiful!

Have a Pear shape and love dressing your curves? I want to hear from you!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gnomeo and Juliet
    Feb 06, 2011 @ 11:17:40

    Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts


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