Fashion Friday: How to Dress a Pear

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about How to Dress an Apple. There was a lot of great discussion in the comments and someone requested that write a similar post on how to dress a pear, so here we are.

When I was at the CAbi Scoop, I sat in on a session where CAbi consultants were being taught how to fit clothes to different body shapes, and I just so happened to be in the one where they were fitting apples, although they called them diamond-shaped figures. I think I’d rather be compared to a diamond than an apple, so let’s go with that.

Unfortunately, I didn’t stay long enough to see what they call the pear-shaped figure, or how to dress one, so I’m going it on my own. This is not the body type that I happen to inhabit, so I’m going to need some help from you guys.

The pear, as you may know, usually carries her weight in her hips. She often has a slender upper body and tiny waist, so the idea is to highlight these features and create proportion to even out the discrepancy. As I said, I don’t have a lot of experience with this, so you guys will have to chime in, but here are a few things that seem to work.


Whereas I prefer pencil skirts and fitted silhouettes, a pear-shaped figure looks awesome in A-line shirts and dresses. Like how cute is this Athleta Printed Nectar Dress from Athleta? The way the sleeves and the shoulders are cut would add extra width to the shoulders and balance out the lower body, it hugs a small waist, and then the shirt leaves plenty of room for a wider hip area.

Athleta Printed Nectar Dress


Draw attention to your slender upper body with pretty accessories — an eye catching necklace or earrings or a unique scarf in a flattering color.

Dark Bottoms/Light Tops

It seems to me (y’all feel free to correct me if I’m wrong) that wearing a darker color on the bottom and a lighter color on top may help even out the proportions since darker colors tend to be more slimming.

Accentuate the Waist

Add a belt.  Anything you can do to draw attention to your tiny waist, go for it! I always envy the girls who can tuck in their tops and wear belts.

It’s all about proportion.

Flutter sleeves look great on this body type, they help balance out the shoulders and hips.

And if you want to wear the skinny jean trend, go for it.  Just make sure to tuck them into chunky boots, which help offset the wider hips; and wear a flowy, tunic or dress on top – again, for proportion.

Dress a Pear Shaped Figure in Skinny Jeans
UGG, 7 For All Mankind


Chime in! Are you a pear? What tips and tricks can you share for dressing to flatter your figure?

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