Womens Body Analysis – The Pear Shape

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The pear shape is the most common of the female body shapes. The upper body will often be straighter, more angular and smaller than the lower body, which tends to be fuller and curvier. When dressing a pear shape you’ll need to opt for two different sizes; one for the upper and one for the lower body to get the clothes to fit perfectly. Typically pear shapes will have a smaller, defined waistline and usually a smaller bust.

The aim when dressing a pear shape is to balance the upper body with the lower body whilst emphasising the waistline. You must widen and broaden the appearance of the shoulders using the correct styles and details. The upper body will suit more structured styles than the lower body.

Celebrity pear shape examples are Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Lopez.

Clothing style guidelines – The Pear Shape

Tops and T-shirts

  • Straight necklines
  • V neck, square and strapless
  • Polo shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Straight and notched lapels
  • Straight, slash, boat, mandarin and sailor necklines

NOTE – Pear shapes can wear shawl collars and curved necklines but they wont look as good as angular styles.


  • Cardigan, v neck and twin sets

Fabrics (upper body)

  • Structured fabrics which retain their shape
  • Silk and satin
  • Corduroy
  • Crisp cotton and linens
  • Smooth wool and fine knits

Fabrics (lower body)

  • Light to medium weight fabrics
  • Chiffon
  • Silk jersey
  • Linen
  • Fine corduroy
  • Satin, taffeta, velvet, stone washed silk (matt finish) and soft lace


  • Single breasted jackets with nipped in waist
  • Bomber
  • Chanel / boxy
  • Cardigan jacket


  • Fitted and straight
  • Swagger, belted and single breasted styles


  • Sarong/ wrap skirts
  • Boot, flared and wide leg trousers
  • Pencil and A-line skirts

Patterns (upper body)

  • Stripes and checks
  • Geometric abstracts
  • Graphical patterns
  • Small scale patterns

Patterns (lower body)

  • Paisley
  • Soft circular abstracts
  • Polka dots
  • Multi coloured patterns
  • Abstract florals
  • Larger scale patterns
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