A pear shaped body has beautiful curves!
Sometimes referred to as a TRIANGLE because you're bottom heavy but there's certainly no angular lines to your figure.
Curvaceous hips and thighs with a rounded bustline. You will have more slender shoulders which can sometimes be sloping but there are easy ways to balance your figure.
We are all different shapes and sizes but if this is the nearest body shape to you, use an easy and logical balancing trick to choose the most flattering shapes.
Jennifer Hudson (above right) has a typical pear shaped body and shows how to balance her wider hips with wide neck and shoulder detail.
The V neckline and unusual ruching on this elegant dress widens the shoulder line to balance the hips and creates a perfect hourglass figure. The drape of the skirt shows off her curves without adding to the hipline then flares out minimizing the thighs and balancing the widest parts of the figure.
Your bone structure never changes. Whether you lose weight or gain weight your body frame or body structure exactly the same.
Many celebrities are now paving the way and endorsing the range of Spanx body shapewear to streamline the figure when you want to feel your best. In fact many people use this type of foundation wear daily.
We forget that up until the 60's nearly all women, as a matter of course, expected to use some kind of help to keep their tummy in check. For some reason we seem to expect that following childbirth and the rigours of life, a woman's body is not quite the same.
So forget trying to change your body shape just learn to balance your beautiful self and dress to your advantage.
You can create an optical illusion and visually change your Body Shape. Keep lighter colors to the top half and darker colors to the bottom half. Light brings forward and dark colors recede.
The photograph on the left shows just how much of a difference this can make. You can actually change your body shape with the colors and styles you choose to wear.
These two girls are remarkably slim of course but it's easy to see how the light colors draws the eye.
If you want to keep the attention on your face and upper body then wear your lightest colors on the top half.
Darker colors worn on the bottom half will always slenderize a pear shaped body.
Many women are over-sensitive about Wide Hips and Thighs whereas they are usually just Curvy Hips.
It's easy to get the hang of influencing the eye and flattering your figure.
If you're a Triangle or Pear shaped and also Petite, check out a few additional styling tips so you can achieve a good fit for your clothes.
Getting clothes to fit well is difficult - until you know how. Although you now understand the basics of fitting your PEAR SHAPED BODY, your actual body shape is quite unique!
We're all individual and most of us have the odd 'figure challenge' - perhaps sloping shoulders or a hollow back, a bust that you consider too big or too small - but then again you could well have enviable legs that are worth showing off.
You can easily learn to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative by recognizing the shapes that will work best for you. Once you know how to dress your shape you will always know what to look for and what to avoid!
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