What to wear for the pear body shape

Do you have a pear body shape and wondering what types of clothes are most flattering for your body type? In this guide, we'll be going over what the classic characteristics of this body shape are and how to accentuate your gorgeous curves.

Characteristics of the pear body shape a.k.a the A body shape include:

Small chest

Small stomach

Narrow waist

Wide hips

Big  booty

Big thighs

The key to dressing your pear body is to create volume (or at least the illusion of) to your top half and waist and take attention away from your bottom.  This will give you a more balanced silhouette and more of an hourglass shape.


The easiest way to draw attention to your top half is to go for tops that are bright and colourful or are patterned. Horizontal stripes are a great choice for pears, as they will elongate your top half as well as balancing broad hips.

Plus Size Striped Top – ASOS curve

Try styles with embellishment around the décolletage to draw the eye level up. Structured shoulders and princess or batwing sleeves will the have similar results.

Cold Shoulder Chiffon Top – Yours Clothing

Other sleeve lengths that will look great on the pear body shape include: 3/4 length, capped and long sleeves.

Pretty much any neckline, like boat necks, wide V or U necks and off-the-shoulder styles will work well for pear body shapes but you should avoid crew necks and top (or dresses) with high necklines. These will make your boobs look smaller, and if haven’t got much boobage to start off with making them shrink might not be a great look.

A wrap shirt (or dress) is a great choice for all you pears as it emphasises the waist, has a wide neckline and structured shoulders! #winning

Peplum Blouse – Dresslily

Coats and Jackets

3/4 length jackets or jackets that fall below the hip are great for your body shape (especially if they have a nipped-in waist); they will skim over your ‘problem areas’ without drawing attention to them.

Plus Luxe Wool Blend Coat – LandsEnd

Jackets that fall at the hips have the opposite effect so you might want to avoid those.

Another tip for picking out your next winter coat or transitional jacket is that you want to stay away from styles that have low pockets as these will draw attention to your hips. Chest pockets are the way to go.

Crushed Velvet Blazer – Evans

Tailored jackets and blazers add structure and definition to your shoulders,  giving the illusion of adding volume to your top half and balancing out your silhouette. – One to add to your shopping list.


When it comes to dresses, forget the sleeves. Strapless dresses (especially if they have a sweetheart neckline) are perfect for you. They help to broaden the shoulders and draw attention to your top half. For the same reason, dresses with halter necks or spaghetti straps will also make a great choice.

Strapless Hi-low Dress – Rosegal

Dresses with full or A-line skirts will skim over your more voluptuous hips so embrace the poof!

Marilyn Spot Midi Dress -Scarlett and Jo

Meanwhile, bodycon dresses should be avoided; these unforgiving dresses show off every lump and bump which is not a good look for most pears.

Jeans and Trousers

Wide leg trousers are your new best friend. Palazzo style or straight leg trousers that fall from the widest part of the waist will look great on you but skinny fits or styles that are ‘figure hugging’ will just draw attention to your hips and thighs.

Slinky Wide Leg Trousers – Pretty Little Thing

Go for boot-cut or straight leg jeans in darker washes such as indigo, black or dark grey as these are ‘slimming.’

Bootcut blue premium denim – Not Your Daughter’s Jeans

Try to avoid jeans with whiskering (faded linear ‘whiskers’ to the thighs) and embellishment to the pockets as they will act like a beacon saying ‘ look at my thunder thighs’

If you want jeans in a ‘worn’ look go for denim that has a faded effect below the knee rather than above.


The same ‘rules’ for trousers and jeans apply when you lovely pears are choosing a skirt to buy: go for styles that fall from the widest part of the hips.

A-line skirts or lightly gathered skirts that skim over your body without adding extra volume are a perfect choice for you. Knee length skirts are winning styles.

Plus Eva floral skirt –

Styles to avoid are:

Tulip skirts – these will hug your thighs and make them look bigger than they actually are.

Pencil skirts -especially if they are tight.

Miniskirts and short shorts – they will give the impression of a ‘flabby’ behind and heavy thighs.


Wearing a belt will draw attention to your waist area, which, for most pears, is considered to the ‘problem area.’ Avoid wide belts where possible as they will emphasise both the size of your hips and waist.

The secret to dressing for your pear body shape is to attract attention upwards and away from your lower body. Wearing a scarf or statement jewellery like a necklace or earrings is great for doing just this.

Golden rules for dressing your pear body shape:

Choose tops in structured styles with low or wide necklines

Stick to embellishment on your top half

Oversized pockets or pockets with a lot of detail at waist level are  not a good look on you

Go for dark colours on your lower half and lighter colours to the top.

Stripes and florals are the perfect patterns for pears.