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 and famous singer Shakira are the most typical pear body shape. Kim Kardashian also has certain characteristics of the pear shape, although many celeb magazines think she has hourglass figure.
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.
In one word, petite pear shape women have prominent hips and thighs, and above are the typical features of petite body shape. However, because human body 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 hourglass figure 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, so don’t be afraid to show it off and make sure your emphasize your best assets in your outfit choices.
Best Tops for Petite Pear Shape
Since your waist is so slender naturally, you want that to become the focus point of your outfit by further enhancing your waist through adding a belt to basic tops (tube tops, knit tops, sleeveless tops, etc.). If you want a dramatic effect to enhance your feminine figure, wear tops with added volume to the bust and shoulders AND a snug fitting empire waist.
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.
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.
Jackets with full or structured shoulders and a nipped-in waist in hip-length will look great on you. The key is to draw attention to your bust with pockets or details. Stay away from lower pockets, which will emphasize your butt or high area.
Off the shoulder shirts or shirts with wide necklines and a fitted or nipped-in waist will widen and draw attention to your slim shoulders and emphasize your small waist.
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.