Everything You Need to Know About Dressing for a Pear Body Shape

Figuring out what looks good on you is a long and personal journey. But it always helps to be in the know about your body type—which women share your shape and what styles are undeniably flattering. For anyone who relates to a pear body type, consider this your go-to guide. We're touching all the bases, from the exact definition of a pear shape to the celebrities who share your stunning curves to exactly how to dress for a pear-shaped body.

Not sure if you'd consider yourself pear-shaped? We recommend measuring, and if your hips are more than 5% bigger than your shoulders or bust, it's safe to say your body fits the definition. Once you've done the math, we're calling out the clothes that are guaranteed to flatter your figure, along with the items you may want to skip. Armed with this handy guide, you can celebrate and show off your curves. So if you've been curious to learn a little more about the best ways to dress—and shop—for your body type, we've got your back.

Read on for all you need to know about pear body types and to shop our picks to help you show off your gorgeous style.

Celebrities With a Pear Body Type

Kim Kardashian West

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Pear body types like Kim Kardashian West have a narrow waist and hips wider than their shoulders.

Rihanna

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Rihanna opted for a look that accentuates her waist and balances out her curvy bottom half with more volume on top.

Beyoncé

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Beyoncé chose a dress that draws attention to her shoulders to balance out the fact that they're narrower than her hips.

Jennifer Lopez

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An A-line dress helps accentuate your narrow waist and slim shoulders.

Designers for Pear Body Types

Consider looking to designers who tend toward sleek and sophisticated silhouettes. Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Carolina Herrera, and Diane von Furstenberg are all examples of those that embrace curves.

What to Wear

Wear: A-Line Dress
Avoid: Drop-Waist Dress

Look for a style that accentuates the waist.

Available in sizes 10 to 18.

A subtle print doesn't feel overpowering.

Available in sizes UK6 to UK16.

Wear: a Belt Around the Waist
Avoid: Jackets or Toppers That Hit at the Hip

Throw on a belt to highlight your waist.

Available in sizes 65 to 95.

Avoid calling attention to your hip area with a belt that hits too low.

Available in sizes S to L.

Wear: Flared Pants
Avoid: Low-Waisted Pants

A high waist along with the flared hem looks extra flattering.

Available in sizes 2 to 12. 

Flared jeans help balance out a large bum.

Available in sizes 23 to 32. 

Wear: Printed Top
Avoid: Embellished Bottoms

 

Printed tops help draw the eye upward.

Available in sizes 0 to 10.

Avoid a bottom that's too busy—focus on an eye-catching top instead.

Available in sizes X to 4X.

Wear: Off-the-Shoulder Styles
Avoid: Tops That Are Baggy

Drawing attention to your shoulders creates a balance.

Available in sizes UK6 to UK14. 

When a top is too baggy, you lose the chance to accentuate your gorgeous curves. 

Available in sizes 0 to 12. 

Don't consider yourself a pear shape? Check out the complete guide to dressing for your body type.

This post was updated by Aemilia Madden