Flatter a pear-shaped figure with our fashion team's top style buys...
Pear shaped? You lucky thing! Bigger bums and hips are all the rage when it comes to body shapes right now (we can thank Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce for that), but still many of us with that silhouette struggle when it comes to finding the perfect outfit.
Being pear shaped can be fabulous, but it can also make shopping for the perfect outfit (without the money for a tailor) a real problem. If it fits on the hips, you can guarantee it’s too big on the waist, and vice-versa – worst-case scenario is you choose something too baggy and end up feeling frumpy. A big style no-no.
The way to flatter a fuller bum and hips is to know how to get your proportions right. If you’re going loose on the bottom, then be brave and go a bit tighter on the top. Always opt for more shape flattering pieces rather than being a slave to the trends. High waisted bottoms suits any shape, especially this one. Like all things, it’s all about balance. Once you’ve got that mastered, you’ll be unstoppable.
And now onto the fun part: shopping! The key to any great wardrobe, no matter what your shape, is to buy staple pieces to suit you. And by staple, we mean buys that never go out of fashion, the wardrobe reliable that you can always throw on with anything. Remember not go overboard with hues and patterns. Pick a colour or print that is classic and will never go out of date, e.g. stripes, spots, white, black or grey. These pieces need to complement an outfit, not overpower it.
Check out our top key items that are tailored to suit your curvy body shape and will make you look fabulous…
A shirt dress is perennially flattering, but pear shaped women in particular can take advantage of this wardrobe classic. Make the most of your smaller waist with the belt tie, and opt for a longer style to add length to your legs. We promise you'll turn to this time and time again.
Another trick to slimming bums and hips down is to make your legs look
longer, and the shoe to do that is the pointed court. The point on the
toe gives you the illusion of an elongated leg while the heel gives that
little bit more height, but not so high that you topple over!
With the seventies trend in full swing, make sure to take full advantage of flattering wide leg trousers. Perfect for balancing out hips to leg ratios and still totally on-trend. Opt for a higher waist for maximum comfort.
A midi skirt is the ideal wardrobe staple for slimming down heavier hips
and bum. While staying free and loose at the bottom but cinching you in
at the waist, this skirt is a total figure flatterer. Make sure to go
for a skirt with lighter fabric to remove any excess bulk.
This top is your go-to item for when you want to wear something tightly
fitted on the bottom. Drape your long and loosely fitted top over some
skinny jeans or a tube skirt. Opt for a neutral colour like white, black
or grey to get your full wear out of it.
Want to take control of your work wear? Then a long line waistcoat is
the simple solution. Lightly tailored and but still cool enough for
summer, this jacket will not only keep you looking smart, but the length
will glide over those thighs to complement your figure. Wear with your
classic shirt and trousers for a chic look.
Never underestimate the powers of colour blocking. This ditzy dress is a flattering shape, but the lighter coloured top half means will in turn slim your hips and arms. wear with low heels to add length to your legs.
Embrace autumn hues with this Boho blouse. Wear with dark denim and let the arm detailing take centre stage.
An a-line dress is a real hip slimmer, and so easy to wear. Opt for vertical stripes to add length to your legs and body. Neck detailing is not only one of the biggest trends this season, but it encourages people to look up and away from your bottom half.
Say hello to your new best friend! It?s a given, if you?re looking to slim down your hips and bum, that a good pair of Spanx are your ultimate body saviour. Sucking you in where you need it to create Marilyn Monroe like curves: complete winner.