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I am a pear but I look rubbish in shapes pears are supposed to wear eg A-line skirts, tunics, things that "skim over" the hips. All the fabric just seems to draw attention to how big they are. I'm sure I look better in a neat pencil shape with a well-defined waist and I make sure there's a lot of fabric or interest going on on my top half to balance it.
But I've just done another "Dress for your bodyshape" thing (on Pepperberry) and it's insisting I need A-line and flared things, so I'm wondering if maybe I'm just deluded and go round looking like a truck.
I also find a line doesn't suit me and that pencil cuts are more flattering in a curvy way. I'm wearing a lot of tube dresses at the moment in tee shirt material, with shape wear underneath, and jackets or sweaters to balance out the top.
Hi, this might not be helpful but I'm a pear shape and prefer to wear fitted clothes rather than things that skim over the hips/bum. But I am quite proud of having wide hips and a big bum ( I'm not skinny/toned either)
I'm a skinny pear if that makes any sense! I have wide hips but it's my frame. Imagine somebody that has been run over by a steam roller - that's me
I definitely do not suit A Line skirts. When I wear skirts or dresses, they are usually long (ankle length). My style is quite boho so I layer quite a lot but I'm flat chested and skinny so I think I get away with it but don't care that much even if I don't
Likewise. A-line emphasises the size of the hips; fitted pencil skirt (with waist that fits properly too) looks miles better. Also tend to wear shift dresses as long as they have a clearly defined waist (is that possible? I mean ones that don't look like a sack).
I'm pear, and a-line skirts just make me look short. I wear straight skirts or straight leg trousers, and avoid anything overly clingy or stretchy around my bottom half usually. Pencil skirts make me look huge though.
I do wear some a line skirts and dresses but in a light material so it doesn't stick out too much. It depends how pear shaped you are to be honest. I have a 10 inch difference between waist and hips so pencil skirts look horrendous on me. I wear bootcut jeans that are long so when I wear them with shoes or boots they end an inch from the floor (i have different pairs for flats and heels). I try to wear brighter colours and patterns or more detail on my top half. Jackets either end at the top of my hip or by the knees - anything that ends at the widest part looks awful.
I wonder whether the fact that A-line has not been terribly fashionable for a few seasons is influencing your judgement? I'm a slight pear (just enough not to feel comfortable in skinnies) but this type of dress is possibly the most flattering thing I can wear. (A line is making a comeback, you'll see a lot more soon!) I do wear pencil shapes too but an mod-style A line made me look sleek when I was 9 months pregnant
Well, I've been obsessively buying clothes for getting on for 20 years, A-lines have come in and out, and somehow I've just never owned many. Sometimes pencils are hard to find, sometimes they're everywhere (2003/4 were good years ). I love all the wiggle stuff that's around at the moment, though it's not for everyday wear. That dress is lovely though!
I agree with those who say it depends just how pear shaped you are - without measuring I think I am similar to HauntedArmchairOfDoom in that I normally have a 15"+ difference. Full 50s skirts and skater dresses here. I haven't a hope of getting a pencil skirt to fit me, and I never wear trousers for the same reason.
However I'm not technically pear shaped - I also have a similar waist-bust gap.
Mirpupet, I've given up on trousers altogether. Anyone know a good trouser for pears? I've got two inches between bust and waist but 13 inches between waist and hips. I need my hips to give me definition, to break an otherwise boring line, but I cannot find comfortable flattering trousers.