Fashion Tips for Pear-Shaped Women

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Fashion Tips for Pear-Shaped Women
Dressing for clothes doesn't have to be a negative experience if you know what styles to look for. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Everybody and every body is different -- that's what makes our world such a beautifully diverse place to live. But for some women, dressing for their particular body shape is more challenging than others. For pear-shaped women in particular, the discrepancy between upper and lower body sizes can be frustrating. But with a little research, dressing for a pear-shaped body can be easy and fun.

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Highlight Your Assets

Often, women with pear-shaped bodies have smaller upper bodies than lower-bodies. If this is true in your case, use it to your advantage by highlighting a trim tummy or great breasts. Choose tops that cling to your upper body while leaving your pant or skirt choices on the looser side. If you have a long, slender neck, highlight it with multi-strand necklaces that drape in rows to show off the elegance of having an elongated neckline.

Use Color to Your Advantage

A major mistake that both pear-shaped and overweight women make when selecting wardrobe choices is thinking that by dressing all in black, they will be creating an overall slim silhouette. While it is true that black is a slimming colour, for pear-shaped women, dressing in a monochromatic colour scheme of any colour or shade can create a boxy effect. Instead, choose a bright colour or interesting patterns in a top, shirt or blouse, and stick to a black, navy or dark grey pair or trousers or skirt to create the streamlined look you want.

Dress Your Best

Dresses are the pear-shaped woman's secret weapon. When selecting dresses, aim for an A-line style that is fitted on top and gives a slight flare on the skirt. Avoid fitted dresses or pencil skirts. The use of A-line or empire waist dresses camouflages wider hips and thighs that characterise the pear-shape. Thus, dresses give the illusion of having a figure that is as small as the upper body all over. However, pear-shaped women still need to adhere to the typical "light on the top, dark on the bottom" mantra of dressing.

Put Your Best Foot Forward

An often overlooked but seriously important part of making the most of your pear shape is your choice of footwear. Too commonly, women think that footwear has no impact on the appearance of their body shape, but they are woefully misled. The number one best choice in footwear for a pear-shaped woman is the pointed toe, which creates a nice, extended look to the leg. Stiletto heels will throw off the balance of your look, but other types of heels will help elongate the look of the leg. One shoe style that pear-shaped women should avoid at all costs is the rounded-toe style, which cuts the foot off and gives the appearance of stunted legs.

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