Admit it ladies, we all want somebody else’s body. Angelina’s lips, JLo’s booty and Kim Kardashian’s jaw-line! But we, as Indians, are more familiar with a particular body shape that most of us belong to – the pear shape! Finding clothes that would look good on a pear-shaped body can be a bit tricky. But there are a few styles of clothes that look best of such a body shape. Understanding what works for you is key to picking the right type of dress for your pear shaped figure.
The main traits of a pear-shaped body are narrow shoulders, small bust and wider bottom (wide hip bone and thighs). Here are some tips on how to pick a dress for a pear-shaped figure.
To create a balance in your body you need to emphasize your shoulders and take attention away from your hips. If you are a pear-shaped woman, you must try to pull the attention towards your petite upper body that is characterized by a slender neck, narrow shoulders, small rib cage and a shapely waist. Wearing dresses that emphasize your fuller hips, and generous butts or thighs will only make you appear more pear-like. And that’s not what we want, do we?
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So how do you pull the attention upwards? How do you know which dress would flatter your figure and which one to buy? That’s easy as can be! The best way to balance a bottom-heavy figure is to choose a dress that skims over the bottom half of your body; and thereby hiding your flaws. Dresses or skirts with an A-line cut will skim your curves beautifully without adding bulk to your shape.
Pear-shapes look best in empire-waist dresses that stop just above the knee. Pick a dress which has a higher waistline that rises above the natural waistline, or sometimes as high as right below the bust. This creates the illusion of length and camouflages a bottom-heavy figure or even a thick waist.
Choose dresses that provide generous room at the top. Dresses with a fitted bodice showcase your petite waist. Trapeze dresses with the smooth and flowy fabric create the illusion of a slender figure by camouflaging it.
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If you don’t really know the difference between an empire-waist dress and a trapeze dress, you may even ‘fool’ the world by wearing bolder tops or dresses with shiny embellishments on the neck and chest. Ruffles, bold prints, eye-catching patterns or luxurious texture whatever you like, if it pulls the attention upwards, it’ll work well.
If you’re flexible with colours then you may try the colour-blocking technique to hide your heavy bottom. Wear darker colours on the bottom that give a slimming effect. Dark blues, dark greens, crimson, maroon, brown, black and shades of grey would do the needful.
Dresses that have a wide neckline may also do the trick. A boat neck and billowing sleeves help visually broaden the upper torso. Off-shoulder dresses and cowls at the neck and chest give the broadened look to the shoulders balancing out the silhouette.