Get a Great Look for a Pear-Shaped Body

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Women with pear-shaped figures typically have a slender neck, narrow, shapely shoulders, a small to medium bust, a narrow waist, and fuller hips and thighs.

To achieve their most flattering look, women should choose clothes that emphasize their small shoulders and bust and minimize the appearance of their larger hips and thighs. Clothes that cinch in at the waist should be chosen because they create an hourglass figure by emphasizing curves and creating the desirable waist-to-hip ratio many people find attractive.

1. Choose tops that are prints, bright- or light-colored or textured, or that have detailing, such as lace, beading or ruffles at the neck, to draw attention away from heavier hips and thighs. Tops that have low, rounded or scooped necklines are good because they draw attention to the bust. Boatneck styles will also balance out heavy hips because they make shoulders look wider.

2. Selecting belted dresses that flare out slightly at the skirt emphasizes small waists, which is flattering to women with pear-shaped bodies. Halter-topped dresses are also an excellent choice because they make the narrow shoulders of a pear-shaped woman look wider and draw attention to the bust. Dresses with an empire waist also emphasize the bust and draw the eye away from heavier hips, while wrap dresses will accentuate a small waist.

3. Wear pants or jeans that are plain, straight-legged or flared and that feature dark colors such as black, brown, navy or dark gray. Pants should be free of detail such as pleats or pockets to maintain a slim look. Skinny jeans or high-waisted pants are not the best look because they will emphasize larger hips.

Boot-leg pants that flare out below the knee makes hips look smaller.

4. Avoid really tight or full skirts, instead opting for A-line or gently flared skirts that will minimize the look of hips. Choose skirts that are solid-colored with hemlines that fall to the knee. Bold-patterned or light-colored skirts make hips look bigger. Do not select skirts that hit mid-calf because they will draw attention to the lower portion of the body.

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