A pear=shaped woman whose hips are slightly wider than her bust may want to compensate with a pair of trendy bell bottoms for casual use while keeping an A-line or Empire-waist dress on hand for more formal occasions. Learn how to keep things in proportion with this free video of fashion advice.
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Hi, I'm Erin and I'm a fashion stylist. A woman is considered pear shaped or bottom curvy when her hips are wider than her bust by about two inches or more. It's one of the most common body types among women. So, if it sounds like you, you're certainly not alone. In fact, I'm a slight pear shape as is our model Heather. I put her in a really versatile casual look that's ideal for pear shapes. Check out these awesome Seven jeans. The trendy bell bottoms balance her wider hips and thighs, making her more proportional. The flare at the bottom is what creates the balance. The dark wash also minimizes her lower half. The darker the wash, the more slimming the jean. I paired the jeans with a fitted orange and gold sleeveless top. Pair shaped women are usually slimmer throughout their upper body than their lower body. So, it's ideal to accentuate the upper half. The bright color and that eye catching detail around the neckline do just that. Lastly, you can rock some sparkly accessories to add more focus to your upper body. Heather is wearing some stunning gold earrings. If you want to glam up a bit more, you can always wear a dress. An ideal dress silhouette for pare shapes is A-line. A-line will mask larger hips and thighs. Empire waist is another option. Empire waist means that the dress or top cinches right under the bust. That will again deemphasize your lower half and highlight your upper body. So many women struggle with this body type. But you don't have to. Simply focus on the right fit, proportion and silhouette.