To determine if you are a pear body shape, look at yourself in the mirror in your underwear. Stand with your legs together and your arms a bit away from your sides. Examine the area from under your arms, past your bust and ribcage, over your waist and hips to the fullest part of your thighs. Then compare yourself to the image and review the questions and characteristics below. We suggest you look at all the body shapes to find your closest match.
BODY SHAPE STYLE ADVICE
- Carry weight on your hips or thighs?
- Have narrower shoulders than hips?
- Have a clearly defined waist?
- Wear a larger size on your bottom half than your top?
YOUR BUILD IS CHARACTERISED BY:
- Full hips or thighs, maybe saddle bags
- A defined waist
- Shoulders that are narrower than your hips
- A small top half as well as small bust
OTHER BODY SHAPE TENDENCIES
If you have gained or lost weight many times your body shape can change into another one. Read below to see what other body shape tendencies you might have
- You lean towards a full hourglass shape if your top half looks heavier because of a large bust
- You can lean towards an apple if your weight gain generally goes onto your bust and tummy areas
GENERAL RULES FOR YOUR BODY SHAPE AND HOW TO CREATE VISUAL BALANCE:
Follow your bodyline - avoid details around bust, tummy and hips. Keep detail in top and lower thirds.
- You need to balance your top half with your lower half by wearing clothes that make your shoulders look broader.
- Your jackets and tops need to finish either above or below the widest point of your hips and bottom
- Balance the top with your fuller bottom half. Layering on your top half creates visual interest and draws the eye upwards. Wear volume, clutter, pattern, colour on your top half, so hips and thighs will seem narrower
- Wear fitted styles around your waist and always accentuate your waistline e.g. empire line, wraps, fitted lines
- Make your shoulders look broader with e.g. shoulder pads, puffed sleeves, cap sleeve t-shirts, boleros
YOU SHOULD AVOID:
- Narrowing leg, pleats or creases in your leg line, pinstripe suits, turn-ups in your trousers, wide or flared leg lines. Also avoid combat or cropped trousers or culottes
- Details, patterns, pockets on your thigh and hip area and belts on your hips
- Flared or ruffled sleeve lines, straight skirts or pencil skirts
- Bags that sit on your hips
- Ankle straps, kitten heels, delicate footwear, round toe shoes, ankle boots with straps around your calf area, Uggs
- Mini skirts or any other hemline (including single or double vents in jackets) that finishes on your hips, thighs or any other full point of your leg
- Dropped waistlines or dropped panels
- Sloping or narrow shoulder lines
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