One of the most common body forms is a triangle or pear body shape. This familiar shape describes a more slender and narrow upper body frame through the shoulders, arms, and into the waistline. Typically your hips, booty, and thighs are wider than your shoulders, and this is where you carry most of your weight.
The triangle or pear body shape is predominant in my family. My mother used to call them affectionately, our “thunder thighs.” I learned as an adult female where there is thunder, there is lightning. Thunder thighs can create quite the spark — if you know what I mean. Some of the most celebrated, beautiful, and body-loved celebrities are a triangle or pear shape: Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, and Kylie Jenner.
Your gorgeous assets for pear shape are your slender shoulders and your tiny waist. Most of the time, you have a slim to flat midriff, if so, then rock those abs. If you want to create visual equilibrium, emphasize your upper body features and downplay your lower half. Although, in today’s Kardashian world, flaunt what you got (even if it might be manufactured – LOL). There is now a lot of positivity and self-acceptance when it comes to embracing and loving your own body type. It is not about being big, small, or trying to look like someone else. It is about being aware of your shape and highlighting the areas that you love most about your own body.
I am going to share options on how to dress if you have a triangle or pear body shape, and you would like to create symmetry in your frame. Think of the fit and flare dresses of the ’50s – they were designed for this ideal body shape.
Creating Symmetry for a Triangle or Pear Body Shape
- Emphasize with your top half. As light colors bring forward and dark colors recede, select light and bright colored tops to draw attention to this area.
- Choose striking necklines that draw attention to your slender shoulders — boatneck, V-neck, scooped-neck, square-neck, sweetheart, and a tied bow are all great options.
- Tops with strong shoulder details create the illusion of broader shoulders. Luckily these are very on-trend, and they are easier to find than in past seasons.
- Tops with cap, ruffled, ruched, and billowy sleeves also help to widen the arms and create an equal balance to your build.
- Choose fitted bodices to spotlight your beautiful, petite shoulders and smaller midriff.
- Dresses that cinch the waist and have a subtle flair like an empire-waist, wrap dress, or sheath all draw attention to your small waist.
- Belts that sit at the waistline will emphasize this little and sought after feature.
- Highlight your waistline with mid to high-rise pants or skirts.
- Dark pants or jeans with a straight, flared or wide-leg to offset your hips.
Clothes for a Pear Body Shape
Clothes to Avoid with a Triangle or Pear Shape
- Stay away from dark-colored tops as they will further minimize your smaller portions.
- Keep away from an overall boxy, tunic, or baggy tops.
- Avoid tops, cardigans, and jackets that stop at your fullest part of your hips or thighs as it will only emphasize this area.
- Do not choose a pencil or tube skirts as well as dresses and skirts cut on the bias.
- Avoid sashes and belts that hang below your natural waist.
- Shy away from cigarette and skinny pants, especially those with a low rise.
- Refrain from choosing light colors, prints, embellishments, or unique hems for pants or skirts as it will draw attention to this area.
If you’re a pear, you need to play up your top half because your bottom half will play up for you! Beautiful necklines, fitted bodices, showing off your shoulders, tailored cuts, and structured jackets with shoulder pads will make you look and feel a million bucks!
Triangle or Pear Body Shape Roundup
As we move into the 2020 decade, body shapes continue to evolve into what society considers the norm. Thank goodness. Honestly, it is more about being comfortable in our own skin and being healthy. Be aware of your shape, but do not judge your form. Highlight the areas that you love most about your own body and dress accordingly. If you need more help, you can always check out our fashion section for other outfit tips and inspirations.
Share your body shape outfits, experiences, or lessons learned in the comment section below. And as always, I am here to answer any questions on how to dress if you have a triangle or pear body shape.