How to Dress a Pear-Shaped Figure

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Jennifer Lopez has a pear figure.
Jennifer Lopez has a pear figure. (Image: Jason Kempin/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

A pear-shaped woman typically has full thighs and calves, a small bust, a narrow back, curvy hips and a defined waist. The lower part of the body holds most of her weight. Choosing the right styles for this body type can help balance out the look and make a big difference in the woman's appearance.

Wide-leg or flared pants will hide some of the extra weight in the legs and hips. Look for knit pants that stretch. They will hug the curves and conform to shape better than regular cloth pants. Dark jeans can also create an illusion that the hips and rear end are smaller than they are.

Steer clear of mini-skirts or tight skirts that draw attention to thighs. Sleek, simple, pleat-free styles that end just below the knee, or a-line skirts do the best job of hiding wide thighs. Use dark colors over light colors.

Wear light or bright-colored tops to contrast with the darker bottoms. Use tops with full sleeves to add balance to the upper half of the body. Tops that gather or cinch right under the bust are ideal for pear shapes. Babydoll or empire-waist tops with a clear, unbroken line between the bust and the bottom of the top can be flattering for pear shapes. However, they can also make them look like they have one big uni-chest.

Pick a blazer with one button right under the chest, or buttons that start at the chest. Don't wear a blazer with a button only at the waist. The viewer's eye should be drawn up, not down.

Heels help elongate a woman's shape. Comfortable heels aren't easy to find, but the search may be worthwhile for a pear-shaped woman to complete her look. Avoid rounded toe shoes and stiletto heels, both of which can make a pear-shape look out of proportion.

High-cut legs on a swimsuit make legs look longer. A mini-skirt bottom, with simple to little detail, will help balance wide hips. Diagonal stripes on a suit will help. Tie a sarong around your waist for extra comfort and confidence.

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