Discover how to to flatter a pear-shaped figure with our Fashion Editor's best buys and styling tips...
Wider hips and a slim torso might be the body shape that everyone is coveting right now, but if you were blessed with a pear-shaped body you’ll know the struggle of dressing to flatter a figure that is bottom-heavy.
Whether it’s trying to find the perfect pair of jeans that don’t gape at the waist, getting the perfect trousers for work or wanting to try this season’s stylish jumpsuits but knowing that one size all over just isn’t going to work for you, shopping for something flattering that will suit a pear-shaped body can often be stressful – but it doesn’t have to be such a challenge…
The key to a knock-out figure is knowing how to dress to flatter. With some clever styling tricks, you’ll never have to step out feeling low on confidence, and picking up a new outfit in styles that suit you will be simple.
There are some timeless styles that will always flatter your shape, but you can look great in this season’s must-have trends too. We’ve got all the advice for picking up a wardrobe saviour that you’ll wear time and time again, or knowing what to wear for a very stylish spring/summer 2015. From the classic coat that will look just fabulous on you to the trend that means you might finally be able to wear a comfortable pair of jeans, shopping for a new wardrobe just got a whole lot easier.
Make the most of your gorgeous pear-shaped body with our fashion team’s pick of the best buys to flatter. Hello, instant confidence!
Want even more advice, trend tips and shopping buys? Watch our Fashion Director, Julia Morgan talk you though the new issue of woman&home Fashion (out today!) in the video below, then download your copy here.
Avoid heavily printed bottoms, instead work colour and print up top, cleverly drawing attention away from wider hips. This Matalan blouse should do the trick.
Magically minimise your bottom half with dark coloured trousers and skirts. The LK Bennett dress will create the illusion of a longer torso, while the feminine shape will show off your curves perfectly.
Wide leg or bootcut bottoms are the best trouser style for balancing out your frame. Flares are fashionable right now thanks to the 70s trends, or try these Lorraine Kelly for JD Williams bootcut jeans for a more subtle style.
Magically minimise your bottom half with dark coloured skirts and trousers, as well as dark wash denim. A midi skirt like this one from John Lewis will show off your waist and skim over problem bums and thighs. This is the perfect shape for you!
Long-line jackets and blazers cleverly skim over wider hips and elongate your frame. Layering and visually bulking up your top half will keep focus away from wider hips - just remember to use a belt to maintain some shape. We love this wearable coat from Hobbs.
Keep the focus up and away from your bottom half with clever accessories like this BeckSondergaard scarf. Perfect for summer, it'll add width to your shoulders, leaving you with a perfect hourglass shape.
Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise! If you're feeling low on confidence, the quickest way to bring it back is with a statement necklace, like this one from Accessorize, that will draw the eyes upwards.