21 Sep 2015
September 21, 2015

Pear Shape – Is this You? – Part Two





In Part 1 of this 5 part series on women’s body shapes, we discussed the least popular of these shapes, the Strawberry Shape. Part 2 will focus on one of the most popular female body shapes, the Pear Shape.
As a Pear Body type, (sometimes called triangle) you have hips that are larger than your bust and you have a nicely defined wast. You have an elegant neck and proportionately slim arms and shoulders. Your shoulders, arms, and smaller waist are your best assets so don’t be afraid to show them off.
The key to dressing a pear body type is to enhance and add volume (or the illusion of volume) to your upper body while emphasizing your waist and de-emphasizing your lower body to create a balanced, hourglass appearance. You also want to elongate your body.
Create the most curvaceous effect by mixing and matching our suggested separates from our Carlisle – ETCETERA Collections.




Top Half:
  • Show off your slim top half with spaghetti strap or strapless tops or off the should tops and dresses. This will draw attention upward and away from your larger bottom half and emphasize your smaller features.
  • Embrace embellished tops: lace, sequins, cut-out, fringe, prints, puffed sleeves and the like. This adds the volume or illusion of volume we’re talking about up top.
  • Boat-neck, portait collars, v-necks and plunged necklines serve you well. Once again showing off your slim neck and drawing the eye upward. Vs and plunged necklines elongate your body.
  • Enjoy the great necklaces and scarves out in the fashion world these days.
  • Dresses or blouses that have fitted or nipped in waists work well emphasizing your tiny waist.
  • Slim belts emphasize that slim waist as well. Make sure the color of the belt is the same or approximate color of your bottom piece.
  • Jackets and cardigans can work great for the Pear especially ones with detailing at the top. Make sure your jacket or sweater length doesn’t hit you at the widest part of your hips. You want your jackets and tops to hit above your hips or below the widest portion of your hips as well as skim your body.
  • No clingy fabrics unless you size up so that the piece will skim your widest parts.


Bottom Half:
  • Clean, tailored lines on the bottom. Flat front pants are for you. Stay away from pleats, side pockets, or anything else that is going to add volume to your hips and thighs. If you have pants you really love or want and they have pockets, you can leave the pockets stitched down or have them removed.
  • Wear dark solid colors on the bottom like dark jeans or slacks or a dark pencil skirt or A-line skirt. We all know that dark solids are more slimming. This doesn’t mean you always have to wear black on the bottom, just make sure the bottom is darker than your top.
  • Pants with flared bottoms are your BFF. Straight leg pants are acceptable. Avoid tapered legs and capris. These pants drive the eye straight up to your hips.
  • A-line dress or skirts work the same way as flared bottom pants by drawing the eye up and away from your hips/thighs. If the dress has a fitted waist, that’s even better.
Now go out and enjoy your curves!
New Week – Part 3 – Apple Shape

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