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Pop stars Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Lopez are among the pear-shaped beauties that grace the pages of fashion mags. These ladies know that the right clothes can maximize their curves. Shorts can be especially tricky for your pear shape as you don’t want to look bottom-heavy. You don’t have to sweat it all summer, however. Choose the perfect length of short to look, not feel, hot.
About Pear Shapes
If you are pear shaped, the widest part of your body sits below your waist. You can be tall or short and still be pear shaped. When you gain a little extra weight, it tends to go to your butt and thighs. Your goals when dressing are to make your body look longer by balancing your hips and shoulders. Shorts that are the wrong length may bring too much attention to your bottom half.
Shorts that land just above your knees helps elongate your thighs. Avoid shorts with pleating and go for flat fronts or tapered legs to thin you out. Super short shorts are an absolute no-no as these can make your tush and thighs look larger. Shorts that end mid-thigh are also a poor choice as they emphasize one of the thickest parts of your body.
Cargo-style shorts with side pockets adds width to the widest part of your body – not a good look for a pear. Super-tight shorts, even those that land just above the knee, are not the most flattering for your shape either. Find shorts that have a little volume in the leg to mask any heaviness. Your knee-length shorts should be free of any cuff or fancy hem because these draw attention to your leg and make it look wider, not slimmer.
Go for a color of short that is darker than your top. Dark colors can minimize your lower half, but if you are a fair-skinned beauty, you may choose a neutral color for your shorts. Black or navy could break up your legs and over-accentuate your pear shape. Wearing a lighter color on top also draws attention upwards. Patterned shorts – including plaid – call attention to your lower half.