Are you under 5’4″? Do you have pear shape? If you are not exactly sure what is a petite pear shape, Hollywood actress Rachel Bilson (5’2″) and famous singer Shakira (5’2″) are the most typical pear body shape. Although many celeb magazines think Kim Kardashian (5’3″) has hourglass figure, she actually has certain characteristics of the pear shape such as prominent hips and thighs. Also, when Kim gains weight, it is most noticeable on her hips and thighs. Another celebrity with pear shape is Kristin Davis (Charlotte in Sex and the City). Remember the episode when the girls were in the steam room together? Charlotte told Carrie “I hate my thighs!” Carrie responded “The problem is not with your thighs. It is with your head, sweetie!” Even though Kristin Davis is not petite, she is stating the truth that pear shaped women are quite commonly self conscious of their thighs.
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At Petite Dressing, we believe each petite body type have their own unique treats and everyone has the potential to be attractive, as long as we use the right dressing techniques to enhance our assets. First things first, let’s take a look at what is a pear shape. If you have a pear shape, your body generally have the following characteristics:
- Your hips are larger than your bust, and your hips are wider than your shoulders. In many cases, your hips are the widest point of your body
- You have a nicely defined waist
- You have an elegant neck and proportionately slim arms and shoulders
- You first gain weight in your bottom and legs flowed by your tummy and upper body
- You have round, sloping shoulders.
- Your buttocks and thighs are full and round.
Above are the typical features of petite body shape. However, because human bodies have some many different variations, most likely not one body would fit into all features of one body type. If you feel like you have some but not all of the traits above, it is possible you are a combination of pear shape and other body types. Click on Petite Body Type to read more and take the quiz and find out what body type is closest to you.
Now that we talked about how to define the pear shape, it may have become clear to you that the best asset is the well defined waistline, and you may even have killer abs. For petite women with pear shape, your goal should be to create an hourglass like silhouette through:
- Balancing your narrow/sloping shoulders
- Drawing attention to your narrow waistline
- Showing off your firm abs (if you have them)
Best Tops for Petite Pear Shape
So, how can we balance out the sloping shoulders of pear shape? A fitted and structured top is a good choice. Now, you may have heard the word “structured clothing” many times, but not really understand what it refers to. It is just a fancy way of saying garments that are deliberately shaped and carefully tailored. Generally speaking, a fitted and structured top is much more flattering to petite women than a loose and slouchy top, because the latter swamps the small frame of a short person. Fitted and structured tops look especially well on pear shape, because they create definition around your narrow shoulders and draw attention to your small waistline. A good example is jackets with full or structured shoulders and a nipped-in waist in hip-length.
Another way to balance out your narrow shoulders is through neckline design. Did you know that choosing the right neckline can sometimes change the look of the entire outfit? The most flattering neckline designs for pear shape include cross neck, crew neck, deep V neck, scoop neck and off-the- shoulder. Such classic designs create space around your neck and shoulders, thus make your shoulders look less narrow. These neckline designs all have another benefit for petite women, which is to make your neck look longer (shorter neck is quite common for petite women).
Since your waist is so slender naturally, you want that to become the focus point of your outfit. If you want a dramatic effect to enhance your feminine figure, wear tops with added volume to the bust and shoulders. Pear shape women look great in billowy tops that add volume to the bust, however, make sure they have a snug fitting waist. Because of your petite body frame, you also do not want any volume to overwhelm your body size. Add flutter or princess sleeves for a more dramatic effect. Want to further enhance your waist? Just add a belt to any basic tops, tube tops, knit tops, sleeveless tops, etc. Peplum top is a heaven sent design for pear shaped women because it draws attention to your tiny waist while covering your hip area.
Find dress shirts with structured or princess shoulders and a darted waist. Shirts with a fitted waist, and embellishments around the bust and shoulders will also balance your lower half.
Wear wrap shirts or sweaters that emphasize your small waist with full or structured shoulders and a wide neckline. If you want to create the shape of an hourglass figure, wear a padded bra for an enhanced effect.
Best Skirts for Petite Pear Shape
A-line skirts that gently skim your body help to de-emphasize your bottom.
Many pear shape women have their concerns about their prominent thigh area. Look for lightly gathered skirts that skim your bottom without adding volume.
Simple, dark colored slacks with no (or minimal) pockets with a mid-rise waist. Choose relaxed fits that fall straight down from the widest part of your hip.
Best Dresses for Petite Pear Shape
The empire waist line dress is the most ideal for pear shape petite women. The empire waist is a dress where the waist line is high. It placed just below the bust line. This high waist line followed by the skirt of the dress will create a perfect illusion of length and will perfectly camourflage the heavy bottom of a pear shaped body.
Skater dresses do not hug the curve of your bottom, thus they will draw people’s attention away from your butt and thighs.
Best Jeans for Petite Pear Shape
Read The Best Jeans for Your Body Type for more details of what are the best jeans for each petite body type.
One of the best jeans for your body type is boot cut stretch jeans. If you find it challenging to find a pair of jeans that doesn’t gape in the waist, a high waist jeans can solve the problem because the fabric is designed to cover more than just your backside. Since pear shape women have prominent hips, you may want to avoid too much embellishments on the butt or pockets with flaps. Those details will only make your butt appear larger. On the other hand, smaller or angled pockets has the opposite effect of making your butt look smaller (of course only if you so prefer). Many pear shaped petite women are concerned about their full thighs. If that is your case, you should try flared and boot-cut jeans. Flared jeans creates extra volume below the knee, thus they will help balance you out.
Dark washed, boot-cut or trouser-cut jeans that fall straight down from the widest part of your hip. Avoid whiskering and embellished or small rear pockets.
If you want extra slimming effect, go for dark wash jegging. Kim Kardashian (5’3″, curvy pear shape with hourglass traits), Rachel Bilson (5’2″, skinny petite pear) and Megan Fox (5’3″, skinny petite pear) all set good examples of how flattering a pair of dark jegging could look, especially paired with boots of various heights.