|Paisley print top by Zara.|
My course at the London College of Fashion used a system of four silhouettes, simply named body shape 1 to 4. The vast majority of western women, including myself are shape number 3, which is generally acknowledged as being a pear. Put simply, our hips and bottoms are wider than our shoulders.
Here are some tips for my fellow pears;
- The best trousers (jeans etc.) for pears are straight leg. Skinny jeans will accentuate a large bottom and chunky thighs. Beware that there are varying degrees of ‘skinny’ jeans, my favourite style of jeans from Gap are called ‘Skinny’ but are more or less straight (my theory is that marketers prefer to call them skinny jeans so people think they are being trendy). Tapered pants such as chino’s will make your bottom look gigantic and if you have large calves like me will simply not be comfortable.
- Accentuate your waist; be it high or low, it’s your thinnest area. Higher skirts are fine now (you won’t hear sniggers and murmurs of ‘Harry high pants’). When I wear a maxi I let it sit on my waist. If you are taller, then it can sit lower but make sure your waist is not buried in fabric, stick to a fitted top and loose skirt to avoid being swamped. If you are wearing a baggy top add a skinny belt.
- Balance your top half with your bottom half. Any kind of detail on your top half; be it a scarf, an interesting print or a statement necklace will draw the eye up and away from the hips. Details on your shoulders such as ruffles or sequins will work to balance your hips (exercise caution or you’ll look like a rugby player).
|It's all about balance! |
Top by Zara, Ankle zip jeans by Gap, tan flats by Next .
If you are struggling with dressing for your body shape, take your most stylish friend shopping. We all know someone who always looks great, for them it’s innate and they don’t need a degree in Style 1.1 to know what works and what doesn’t. Ask them to be kind and then let them guide you.
If you suspect you aren’t a pear and have other body concerns (big shoulders, small hips anyone?) please comment below or send me a personal message, I’m happy to work through other shapes in another blog.
Till next time friends..