GAP’s 1969 trouser jeans

Good news for pears — trousers have made a comeback this season.

 As seen on GAP.com

We seem to be going through a late 60’s to 70’s kick this Fall. Take those old jeans out of the back of your closet and rock them!

Do be aware of saggy bottoms and dragging hems though — you want your jeans to be just short of the ground. Pair them with a chunky heel for a slimming effect of your long, long legs!

Trousers are an excellent own for pears:

  1. The widening of the legs evens the proportion of your thighs to calves

Far out! Wait, wrong decade.

DIY – Sarah’s “black ruffle around me” shirt

I love me a simple tee and dark jeans (boot cut, mind you). It looks good on me (uh, I hope), requires little thought, and is comfortable enough to sit and stand in the various positions I need to bend myself in to be moderately relaxed in a 6 hour studio class.

I love it so much that I’m hesitant to add anything to it, but I don’t mind picking this project up for one of my thousands of other plain tees that don’t fit so well.

As seen on http://jaynsarah.blogspot.com/

Simple, and if you do it well, an elegant solution to a boring t-shirt.

Why this is good for pear ladies:

  1. Details at the neckline brings attention up, up and away from any problem areas down below

Pair this with a pretty A-line or full skirt, with some tall boots and you’ll feel pretty as a…princess? Poppy?

Pear-friendly fashion spotted on VOGUE.COM

Yah, you read that correctly. Vogue.

As seen on Vogue.com

Vika Gazinskaya is seen modeling her own pear-friendly creations. And the future is only looking brighter:

As seen on vikagazinskaya.com

The 50’s were the best decade for pear fashion. Here’s why:

  1. Exaggerated necklines — criss-cross detail, scoop-neck, boat-neck, you name it.
  2. A-line and tulip skirts.
  3. Fitted waists.

This Fall and forward could be the time of the pears.

Pear Must Haves – Measuring Tape

I’ve become increasingly tired of spending hours in a mall and walking out with nothing, or worse yet, something that I didn’t feel 100% sure about buying.

So I tend to turn to online shopping a lot.

A lot of problems can arise from this — namely sizing.

This is a MUST HAVE for pears, who have trouble finding pieces that fit in all of the right places.

Most online shops give you the measurements of the clothing you’re looking at, along with what type of fabric it’s made of and sometimes, what size the model pictured is wearing (I’ve seen this on the Forever 21 site).

What to pay attention to when measuring yourself:

(Tops) Shoulder-to-hem length – you want the hem to fall mid-hip

(Bottoms) Inseam – capris are generally not the style to go for

(Bottoms) Thigh or Leg opening – avoid the emotional turmoil when you find that the pants wont go over your hips! :(

(Bottoms) Rise – this is where the pants will sit. The lower the rise in inches (or whatever measurement offered), the smaller the distance between crotch and the top of the jeans. Find where this will sit on your own body.

(Bottoms) Waist – not your natural waist, but the waistline of where you would normally wear your pants. Slip one finger between the measuring tape and your body for maximum comfort.

The better fit of your pants, the better you’ll feel about your body. Measure correctly and enjoy the lack of muffin top or hanging gut!

Shoulders back and chin up, because nothing makes clothes look better than confidence.

 

Modcloth’s sneak peak item – the “Cool It Skirt”

So I hesitated to feature this piece because like Anthropologie, ModCloth has some truly amazing stuff but consequently, you’re paying for the quality.

But this skirt was too good to pass up.

This is a sneak peak — it’s not even available yet, but you can sign up for a notification letting you know when it’s available. Because it’s guaranteed that baby’s going to sell out in hours, if not minutes.

It’s nearly 90$, but uh, you can add it to your “It was on sale!” list or your Christmas wish-list.

Why this skirt is too good of an opportunity for pear girls to pass up:

  1. It follows all of the standard “rules” a pear is to follow if they want to flatter their body type. There’s the waistline, which hugs the smallest part of the waist.
  2. Simple A-line flow
  3. It’s one block of a darker color; pair this with a simple white T and some accessories, you’ve got the perfect outfit. The combinations are endless.

Dooo it, you know you want to.

Tribal prints – Masaari

Sometimes, I’ll put together an outfit that defies pear fashion rules, but happens to work well! Happy dance!

Tribal prints are everywhere this Fall. From runways to Forever 21, African patterns are seen on any piece of clothing you can think of.

The creator of the Masaari line, Love Voundi, has certainly picked up on this and as you can see below, has made this fad work for her pear-shaped body.

As seen in the Masaari collection

This outfit is actually a reverse of what is typically suggested for pear ladies (pattern on top, darker color on bottom). But clever pairing and confidence are what make this rule-breaker happen, and happen well.

What makes this work on a pear-shaped body:

  1. This full maxi skirt has two simple colors, one which matches the top
    and creates consistency throughout the outfit. While it may not necessarily bring attention away from your hips, the skirt certainly makes them look pretty!
  2. The skirt sits at the smallest part of the waist, the pear’s best asset (in the opinion of many, at least).
    Teeny!

Check out more of the Masaari line, but get your dictionaries out, the site’s in French. C’est la vie.

Another DIY – Fendi Frill

One of the important tips in fashion for pear-shaped ladies is to keep the details above the hips (this is for those who want to minimize them; some want to show them off and that’s just awesome!). Remember, accessories, bold prints, bright colors, etc. on top!

Looks like Fendi has brought back what is vaguely reminiscent of the Victorian era blouse, minus the over-the-top lace and ruffles.

As seen on Vogue

If this is your cup of tea, HonestlyWTF has featured the DIY version of the Fendi frill, with very similar results:

Credits of this image goes to HonestlyWTF

Why this is good for the pear:

  • 1) I mean, it’s RIGHT THERE, people are going to look at it, so no need to worry too much about problem areas down south.

Fashion DIY by Abby Hall

I could live in Anthropologie, they have everything I want to fill my home and closet with. But man, are they expensive!

In this episode, Abby Hall of Pschh I Can Make That takes Anthropologie’s beautiful $258.00 Spring Dress and recreates it…for $18.75.

Abby is a cute, tatted-up doll with a talent. It’s hard for us pear ladies to find a perfect fit, so why not do it ourselves?

Why this dress is good for pears:

1) The corset is fitted in the right place, to show off your lovely waist

2) A sweetheart neckline brings the attention up (add some accessories for more “oooh!”)

3) A full skirt glides over full hips, minimizing the difference in width between those and your smaller calves.

Ruche’s Rose Chimera Floral Pocket Dress

Ugh! I don’t know about you girls, but finding a good pair of jeans is a pain in my bountiful derriere! So I tend to skip the jeans and, uh, dress it up a little.

And really, that’s all the difference in going from “drab to fab”. Here’s what makes this pretty piece a pear perfection:

1) The lace and sweetheart neckline draws attention up, up, and away from the hips.

2) Waistline is cinched, and we want to show off our slimmer upper bodies.

3) The skirt is not exactly A-line but it flows enough outward to hide any problem areas.

(Ruche is just beautifully fantastic and awesome, and I recommend all pear shapes to go check their items out).

Forever 21’s Striped V-Neck Sweater

 

This bold sweater follows 2 rules that is touted on every pear fashion blog.

1) Bright, bold colors and patterns on top to bring the eye up and away from your problem areas

2) A scooped, boat, or in this case v-neckline to create visual interest where many pears are lacking (the bust area)

Lastly, the hem falls below mid-hip, which isn’t the best for pear-shaped ladies, but you can position them hem it’s not stretched down, and it sits right across that imaginary line. This will also make the material less clingy, as tops that cling to our small waists will only bring attention to the difference in width between that and our hips.

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