The pear shaped women have nice and feminine curves, especially in the bottom half. Because your hips are wider than your waist and you have prominent thighs, it is critical for you to choose the right party dress styles that can create a visual balance for your shape.
Having a better understanding of the specific characteristics of your pear body shape will help you rock the right dress for your parties! So before we dive into the different party dress styles that will perfectly embrace your pear figure, let’s talk about the distinctive characteristics of your pear body shape.
- Pear shapes have a longer rise. The distance between the waist and crotch is longer in pear shapes, which results in a longer appearance of the torso and therefore shorter-looking legs.
- The hips are relatively wider in comparison to the shoulders. This is the most distinctive attribute of pear shapes in which the upper half looks less prominent.
- Your shoulders are softly rounded on the edges. This adds to your soft curves but may also make your shoulders look narrower.
- One of your best features is your slim arms. Since your upper body tends to be slimmer, your arms and neck appear to be slimmer and more elongated as well.
- Pear shapes have a well-defined, curvy waist. Due to the significant size difference between your midsection and hips, the transition curve between the two is more apparent.
- Your lower body is generally more pronounced. This means that you tend to carry more weight in the hips, buttocks, and thighs, making your figure look more bottom-heavy.
Taking all of these characteristics into complete consideration, here are the following party dresses that every pear-shaped beauty should check out!
Sparkly Deep V-Neck Dress
A stunning sparkly dress always calls for a party and if you find one that has a flattering deep V-neck, don’t ever hesitate to add that to your fashion shopping cart! As a pear-shaped beauty, you would want to add some prominence to your relatively smaller upper half, and a deep V-neck is a very effective and effortless way to do that.
One of your best assets is your elegantly elongated and slim neck, and wearing a deep V-neck dress will absolutely highlight this feature. In addition to this, you are also opening up enough space on your upper half to showcase your decolletage and therefore bring the gaze to this area rather than your heavier hips and thighs.
As the V-neck plunges deeper into your bust line, this creates a vertical line that draws the eyes up and down to give your frame a more elongated look. This can be especially beneficial if you are looking into downplaying your wide hips and thick thighs.
Chiffon Puff Sleeve Dress
As your shoulders are noticeably narrower in comparison to your wider hips, going for a bit of volume will elevate the appearance of your upper half. Puff sleeves give your shoulders their much-needed volume to give you the illusion of broader, more prominent shoulders and therefore look more proportionate with your wider hips.
Apart from the fact that they help give prominence to your shoulder line, puff sleeves are also an efficient way to draw attention to the upper body and shift the focus away from the bigger hip and thigh area. As a result, you can achieve a more balanced and proportionate look from top to bottom.
And of course, it’s difficult to deny the irresistible feminine charm of puff sleeves, especially if you go for dainty fabrics such as soft chiffon. This can be perfect for cocktail parties, any time of the day, and for any occasion!
Off-the-Shoulder Little Black Dress
Every woman should have her little black dress in her closet and for pear-shaped girls out there, the off-the-shoulder style can be your absolute go-to LBD party dress. The off-the-shoulder is one of the most flattering necklines for pear shapes as it can bring your upper and lower body into better and more balanced proportions.
The off-the-shoulder style is a gorgeous way to draw the eye upwards to emphasize your less pronounced features such as your shoulders and bust. This shift in focus effectively diverts attention away from the hip and thigh area, which is typically wider and bigger on pear shapes.
Plus, a black dress always exudes elegance and it’s a universally flattering style that’s not hard to pull off. For your classy dinner parties or wild night outs, an off-the-shoulder little black dress also opens up more space on the neckline for you to accessorize your ensemble with jewelry to match the occasion.
Dresses with Ruffles
As you already know, bringing more depth to your upper body is very important to create visual balance for pear body shapes. Another way to flaunt this visual balance at a party is to go for party dresses that feature a ruffled bodice.
Opt for dresses in which the ruffles run along the shoulders or bust line as this can help add depth to these areas that are less pronounced on pear figures. Having these visually interesting details adorning the bodice of the dress will help counteract the broadness and thickness of your bottom half.
Just remember that in order to keep the balancing effect of your party dress efficient, you need to be mindful of the scale of the ruffles to prevent going overboard. Look for those that are eye-catching but not extremely bulky such as small double-edged ruffles, classic folded ruffles, or soft-pleated ruffles.
Fit and Flare Dresses
The fit and flare silhouette creates a balanced look to even out the size discrepancy between your narrower shoulders and wider hips. Fabrics with a flashy shine such as lame, metallic knit, or satin can be a very good and flattering choice for your fit and flare party dress!
The features of a fit and flare party dress are inherently flattering for pear-shaped women due to its design that strategically enhances the body’s proportions and highlights your best features. The fitted bodice of the dress cinches at the narrowest point of the waist, accentuating your curvy waist and creating a defined waistline.
One of the most flattering things about this silhouette is that its flared skirt gracefully flows outward from the waist to provide ample room for the bigger hips and thighs, while also simultaneously accentuating your waistline. Additionally, the emphasis on the waist and the A-line silhouette creates an illusion of an hourglass figure which brings more harmony between the upper and lower body.
Velvet Wrap Dresses
Wrap dresses will always be a foolproof fashion choice for most body shapes and its universally flattering silhouette surely looks gorgeous on pear body shapes as well! This is because the wrap-style bodice helps create a balanced silhouette by ticking the right boxes: highlight the decolletage, cinch the waist, and smoothly camouflage your wider hips and thicker thighs.
The way a wrap dress overlaps results in a V-neckline, which leads the eyes upwards to fully accentuate the decolletage and shoulders. This shift in focus from the lower body helps to visually balance the proportions, while the cinched waistline achieved by wrapping the dress provides definition to your narrow and curvy waist, further enhancing the hourglass silhouette.
Moreover, velvet is such a fantastic fabric that perfectly suits any party! The drape of velvet fabric has the ability to skim over your natural curves and create a smooth texture that minimizes any potential focus on the hips and thighs.
Structured Blazer Dresses
Many people usually think that shoulder pads in dresses are more formal, sort of like a vintage office attire vibe. But hey, they make a great accent for party dresses as well because of their chic and edgy look!
Apart from their bold and edgy look, shoulder pads can also be especially beneficial when it comes to adding more depth to your smaller and less prominent upper half. Shoulder pads provide your narrow shoulders with their much-needed lift and width extension in order to catch up with the wideness of your hips and the thickness of your thighs.
When choosing a party dress with shoulder pads for your pear figure, it’s quite important to consider the design and placement of the pads. It’s much better to go for dresses with slightly extended pads that create a gradual slope from the shoulders to the arms so that you can avoid overly boxy or extreme styles that could overwhelm the frame.
One-Shoulder Satin Dresses
Here’s another sexy take on a party dress that will surely flatter your pear-shaped features. Open necklines are generally flattering for pear body shapes, but the one-shoulder neckline gives a more distinct visual effect that can help bring symmetry to your naturally unbalanced frame.
The asymmetrical neckline of a one-shoulder party dress effectively draws the eye diagonally across the body to break the visual line between the upper and lower halves of your pear figure. This creates a diversion of attention which helps give the illusion of broader shoulders to seamlessly counteract your narrower shoulder width.
In addition to this, the single shoulder strap instantly produces a vertical line that further elongates your elegant-looking neck and upper body, promoting a more balanced proportion. This vertical emphasis, together with the diagonal line of the neckline, directs the viewer’s gaze upward and outward and therefore shifts the focus away from the hips and thighs.
Sequined X-Line Dresses
Sequins are pretty much an iconic party dress detail that never goes out of style so if you’d like to dance the night away under flashing lights while donning your beautiful pear-shaped body, this is your sign to add a sequined X-Line dress to your wardrobe. In addition to the fancy sequin details, the X-Line silhouette also gives your frame a nice upper and lower body balance.
Resembling the shape of an “X”, this dress silhouette hugs your narrow and curved waist, which is one of your defining points. The flare of the skirt also creates movement and adds volume in a controlled manner, which effectively camouflages the wider hip and thigh area to create the illusion of more symmetrical proportions, drawing attention away from your wider and heavier lower body.
Boat Neck Dresses
The combination of a shoulder-broadening boat neck (Sabrina neckline) and the flattering flare of a skater dress can definitely bring out the best of your pear figure.
The boat neckline that runs horizontally across your shoulders gives you the appearance of broader shoulders to make them look in balance with your wider hips. This is also a perfect opportunity to showcase your slim and elongated neck which can contribute to the overall leanness of your figure.
On the other hand, a skater dress preferably above the knee in length, camouflages your heavier bottom half while this particular length can also create the illusion of longer legs. Since pear shapes have a longer rise, your torso may appear longer and your legs may look shorter, so it’s ideal to be mindful of the length of your party dresses.
Avoid Bodycon Dresses
It’s quite tempting to go for bodycon dresses especially if you’re looking into donning a sexy look for the party! Well, there are many ways to rock a sexy look but wearing a tight-fitting dress is definitely not one of them.
Bodycon dresses will only highlight the size discrepancy you have in your figure as it will cling too close to your body. This tightness will highlight the fact that your hips and thighs are way bigger compared to your upper body, resulting in an awkward-looking fit.