The Petite Pear Shape

1 in 5 women have this body shape, which is all about the booty!

Read on to find out how to dress your beautiful petite body

How to tell if you're a petite pear

Some of the common features of a pear shape are:

  • Your hips are your widest point (compared to waist and shoulders)
  • You have a defined waist
  • You have an elegant neck and slim arms
  • You tend to gain weight on your bottom and thighs first
  • You have round, sloping shoulders
  • You have rounded and shapely thighs and bum

You may not fit all of these points, but if the majority apply to you then chances are you are a pear shape!

Best features

Typically for pear shapes, these are your best features:

  • You have a defined waist
  • You have an elegant neck
  • You have a curvy figure

These are the areas you want to draw attention to predominantly and celebrate!

Goals for a petite pear

There are a few things you should always consider when putting together an outfit that perfectly flatters your petite pear shape:

  • Aim to create an hourglass silhouette
  • Draw attention to your narrow waist
  • Balance out your wider lower body by adding more volume to your top half

General tips

Balancing your upper body with lower body: 

  • Structured tops (hello shoulder pads!) are your best friend, and aim to keep bright coloured and patterns on the top half of your body.
  • As a petite, avoid larger patterns though, as they can overwhelm your frame

Drawing attention to your waist

  • Nip it in beautifully with fitted clothing - wrap dresses, cropped jackets, and belted skirts are all perfect for creating curves

Creating horizontal lines on the upper half

  • A great way to balance your wider lower body is to create horizontal lines on the upper half - you can do this literally with striped tops.
  • Also consider necklines like bardot, square and wide-neck to give that illusion! These will also highlight your elegant neck

Petite pear celebrities

You’re in great company being a petite pear! Here are a few celebrities that share your petite body shape:

  • Kim Kardashian (5'3)
  • Rachel Bilson (5’2)
  • Helen Mirren (5'3)

Things to avoid as a petite pear

Highlighting your hips

  • Wearing tops that end at your widest part or bottoms with embellishments on the hip area draws attention and can make you seem even more off-balance 

Making your shoulders seem narrower

  • Narrow, delicate straps will make your gorgeous shoulders look narrower and highlight your wider hips. To avoid this, opt for thicker straps set wider, e.g. with a square neck

Wearing straight cut tops and dresses

  • Anything that hangs down to your widest point will make you look that width the whole way up, losing your beautiful waistline!

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