If you have the pear body shape, you are known for having a smaller top half and a wider bottom half, which is why it is critical to find the right summer styles that suit your unique figure. In this detailed guide, we will first dive into your body features, and then walk you through the most flattering styles for your summer wardrobe.
If you are an athletic pear, you have some (or most) of the following characteristics
- Your shoulders are narrow
- You have a high waistline with wider hips compared to your upper body
- You carry weight in your thighs, with your hips and thighs representing the widest section of your body
- Your waist is well-defined and small
- You may have a round bottom
If a higher percentage of these features describe you, your styling goal should be to balance your pear shape such that there’s more volume on your upper body to give a more proportionate overall structure.
You also need to focus on accentuating your upper half so you can create the illusion of a balanced hourglass figure. As impossible as these may sound, the right summer clothes will help you achieve this flawlessly.
All you have to do is avoid clothing styles that will emphasize your wide hips and wear more clothes that will show off your nicely shaped legs.
Summer is a great time to wear relaxed clothing that highlights the best parts of your pear shape. Here are some top summer clothes for the pear shape that I’m sure you’ll love.
High-waist shorts are great because they hit the smallest part of your upper body.
It’s summer and that means beautiful colors, so it’s a great idea to pair a nice pair of shorts with a floral top
The floral top helps to keep patterns at the top half of your body. This is great for adding more volume to this area since you have wider hips that can make your figure appear unbalanced.
It creates a flattering silhouette that complements your figure. Overall, this is a casual yet fun summer outfit for any pear-shaped woman who wants to keep the outfit simple yet elegant enough for a day in the sun. Feel free to experiment with as many patterns as possible as this is to your advantage.
The A-line cut starts fitted at the waist before gradually widening towards the hem to form a graceful A-like shape.
The major advantage of this is that it skims over your hips and thighs in a way that doesn’t emphasize their already wide appearance. Therefore, all you need to keep it cool in summer is a combination like this, alongside a lovely pair of shoes.
A V-neck tee and A-line skirt combo is a fantastic one for pear-shaped women looking for a dressier choice for the warm weather.
The V-neck tee also comes in handy because this neckline style is flattering for the pear shape. This is all thanks to how it emphasizes your shoulders and draws more attention to your neck area.
Empire waist dresses
Sundresses are always a win for the summer months and one of the styles that appeal to the pear body type is the empire waist dress. This style features a seam that sits below the bust and that’s perfect for highlighting the smallest part of your body.
Doing this is flattering to your body shape because it reduces the emphasis on your wider hips. This sundress can be styled in different ways, from bold hues to more floral patterns.
However, you can definitely throw in a straw sun hat to complete this casual and fun vibe for your outfit. Make your empire waist dress look even more amazing with a jacket, preferably a cropped denim jacket or a wrap-style jacket.
Both jackets help to create a more streamlined figure which tends towards being hourglass while elongating your overall body frame.
Puff sleeve tops
Everything about the puff sleeve screams fun and style, as they easily add spice to any outfit. The puff sleeve top can be your go-to outfit this summer as it helps to balance both halves of your body easily.
It’s no secret that you have a narrower upper body, thanks to the uniqueness of the pear shape. This puff sleeve top will help to counter the effects on your overall outlook. While you can wear puff sleeve tops in long or short styles, shorter puff sleeves tend to be more attractive than the alternative.
However, this is still a matter of personal choice. Therefore, you have the freedom to choose whichever works best for you. However, puff sleeve tops are definitely beautiful and perfect for the pear shape due to how much volume they add to the upper half of the body.
Avoid short shorts
Yes, summertime is great for throwing caution to the wind with your outfits but there are a few rules to follow to ensure that you don’t downplay your unique pear body shape. One of them is to avoid short shorts as they don’t create a flattering silhouette.
Instead, extremely short shorts will definitely ride upwards and make your thighs look bigger than they actually are. A better alternative to this is long walking shorts that hit just above your knees.
These are better for the pear shape, as they give that feminine yet elegant vibe. You can pair this with neutral-colored heels to create an elongated look for your legs. Complete this look with a colorful statement necklace that draws attention towards your shoulders and neckline.
Another style you shouldn’t overlook this summer is the belted top. Belted tops come in various shapes and sizes. The best ones for you are those with a wide neckline to emphasize your shoulders.
These can be a v-neckline or an off-the-shoulder neckline. However, the focus here is the effect of the belted style on your pear body shape. This style highlights your slender waist in a way that creates a curvy silhouette on your overall body frame.
Another feature that helps to create this silhouette is the waist-cinching effect that’s automatically possible with a belted top. Whether you’re wearing a top that’s fitted with a belt or you would love to add a thin belt, both work to create a feminine outlook you will be proud of.
This style of jeans also works in the summer, especially if you want to balance your body shape. The goal of these jeans is to emphasize your natural curves which the pear body type has in abundance.
With the gradual flare of the bootcut jeans at the bottom, you have just the right amount of bottom-heavy touch that gives you an hourglass-like body shape. Remember that this works best with bootcut jeans with a moderate flare as you don’t want to create an uneven body frame.
This is a subtle yet effective way to add volume to the bottom half of your body in a way that highlights your curves without emphasizing your narrow upper body.
Similar to the waist-cinching effect of belted tops, the wrap dress is another style that helps to emphasize you’re natural curves. This style draws attention to your slender waist in a way that creates an hourglass silhouette.
It’s always a great idea to highlight your slender waist as this is one of the best assets of the pear body type. With a wrap dress, you can do this effortlessly and still be as comfortable as possible.
Look out for wrap dresses with plunging necklines like the v-neck which also shows off your beautiful neckline. Remember that the fit also matters here. Therefore, pick wrap dresses that are not too loose or tight on your body frame.
The more relaxed it sits on your body, the better it looks overall. With this, you can easily have an hourglass and elongated look without concealing your pretty pear body shape. Also, this won’t draw attention to any tummy bulges around your midsection.
High-waist pants are incredibly flattering for the pear body shape. The beautiful thing about high-waist pants is that you can pair them easily with various styles of tops. However, the focus here is on the high-waist style which sits comfortably above your natural waistline, effortlessly hiding muffin tops if you have any.
Here’s one amazing fact about high-waist pants: they are here to stay. No one would want to let go of pants that don’t ride low on your bum and give you the freedom to move your legs around without restrictions. That’s what you get with high-waist pants.
The off-shoulder top is a great choice for the pear shape because it naturally flatters your narrow shoulders. For most pear-shaped women, your body type comes with less prominent shoulders that can get overwhelmed by the wrong outfit on the top half of your body.
That’s where the off-shoulder top comes in. This top reduces the chances of your shoulders getting hidden beneath a plethora of outfits. Instead, it accentuates your collarbones and enhances the horizontal line around your shoulders.
A combination of this helps your neck appear slender, and creates a more balanced overall silhouette. A huge advantage of the off-shoulder top is that it helps you to show off another great asset of the pear body shape, your amazing neckline.
Turn heads even more this summer with cropped jeans that are tailored to enhance the best aspects of your pear-shaped body. At first glance, it may seem like cropped jeans will cut off your legs visually.
However, this works to your advantage by drawing more attention towards the lower part of your legs. With more attention drawn toward this area, you can create a curvier outlook and an elongated frame that gives you a balanced silhouette.
This works great for cropped jeans that stop right around your ankles. It’s the perfect length to elongate your appearance and create a slimmer appearance that reduces the prominence of your wide hips.
One of my favorite recommendations for cropped jeans is the dark wash. This means jeans that are in darker colors like black which have a natural slimming effect on the body and will help to minimize the width of your hips.
Wide leg pants
Wide leg pants have a natural flare from your thighs to your ankle, and this helps to show off your natural curves without emphasizing your wide hips. They have a relaxed fit that helps to balance your upper and lower body, creating a feminine silhouette you’ll be proud to step out in.
Choose wide leg pants that are high-waist as this will help to conceal any tummy bulge you may have. Tummy bulges can make your outfit look awkward but with high-waist leg pants, you don’t have to worry so much about wearing shapewear to keep them tucked in.
Meanwhile, wide leg pants are also great for creating the illusion of an elongated frame since they accentuate the smallest part of your waist and create an hourglass-like silhouette. This balanced body proportion makes your pear shape look so much better.
Floral smock dresses
The smock dress is a summer outfit that usually features puff sleeves and a floaty hem that skims easily over your hips. There are several reasons to rock this dress as a pear shaped woman.
One of them is the fact that this is not a fitted style that has a tight fit on your body, thereby emphasizing bigger areas like your tummy bulge. Instead, it’s a flowy style that moves with your natural curves without hiding them.
Another great feature of the smock dress is the puff sleeve which I already mentioned earlier is a huge plus for the pear body type. This puff sleeve helps your upper body with more volume, especially around your narrow shoulders.
Floral styles are always great in summer, and that’s why I specifically mentioned looking out for this in your smock dresses. With a comfortable pair of sandals and a simple handbag, you’re ready to have an amazing day with an outfit that’s out of this world.