Best clothing for pear body shapes

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For the majority of the female population, our bottom half is our biggest problem area (bum, hips and thighs, we’re looking at you!) It’s completely normal and natural to have a curvy behind – Beyonce has one so it must be true – but it can also be downright frustrating when shopping for clothes. We all love a pretty dress and a brownie or two, but maybe we should spend less time wishing our bodies would change, and more time celebrating it…by buying pretty dresses and eating more brownies.

When I first approached this topic, I asked the gorgeous Dani (pictured above) – who admitted that she was always trying to disguise her bottom half – to help me prove you really can flatter and flaunt a pear body shape with the right clothes, no Spanx needed!

A couple of years later, this is still one of the hottest topics I’ve written about, so I’ve updated it with brand new styles that are available in-store and online right now. If you’re a pear shape, these are the staples you should own.

what to wear for pear body shapes

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THE WRAP DRESS – Trenery Tuck Front Shift Dress $149
This universally flattering shape will draw the eye to the smallest point at your waist, while supporting your curves. Bonus points for sleeves and the right length.

THE CROP JACKET – Sheike Tuxedo Jacket $149.95
Your shape needs a jacket that ends right on the waistline and tapers in to create a womanly shape. Even better if you can find one with statement shoulders or prints to draw the eye up and balance out your proportions.

THE SLIMMING JEAN – Sussan Lift & Shape Jean $119.95
When shopping for jeans, look for a high elastane content – this means it will be super stretchy and supportive. This pair lifts, shapes, slims and flattens all at the same time. Where do we sign up?!

THE A-LINE SKIRT – City Chic Stripe Ponte Midi Skirt $89.99
Another staple for every pear shape, this A-line skirt will nip in your waist before skimming over your bum, hips and thighs. Just above the knee is the most flattering length to look out for.

THE SCARF – Sportsgirl Emerald Animal Scarf $29.95
This might be considered cheating, but a vibrant scarf is an absolute must for any pear shape’s wardrobe. It brings attention to your slimmer top half and distracts from your bum, hips and thighs, especially when worn with dark bottoms.