If you have a skinny pear shape, your hips are wider than your shoulders. Even though you are overall thin, you still carry weight in your hips and thighs. The key to dress a thin pear is to create a more harmonious silhouette and balance out your wider lower half.
Because I have a petite clothing line, I receive feedback from thousands of my customers of all body shapes and sizes, many of whom are skinny pears. Based on their feedback, I’ve put together this guide to help you find the perfect skirts.
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- Play with different lengths as long as it’s not too short. A knee-length or midi skirt can be a great option for a skinny pear-shaped body, as it ends right at a flattering area that helps draw attention away from your heavy-looking hips and thighs.
- Stick to solid colors or small prints as these help create a more streamlined silhouette. Large prints or horizontal stripes can make the hips appear wider, which is not ideal for a skinny pear-shaped body.
- Choose the right structure that will help neutralize the proportions of your lower body. The right structure would feature a shape that accommodates your wide hips and thighs subtly.
- Accentuate your waist because this is one of your body type’s best features. Choose skirts that cinch the waist to draw focus on your waist – the narrowest part of your body.
With these styling goals in mind, we can now come up with specific styles of skirts that will surely look flattering on your skinny pear-shaped body.
Box Pleats Skirt
The distinctive feature of a box pleat skirt is the pleats, which are created by folding the fabric back on itself and sewing it down. These pleats give the skirt volume and structure, making it an excellent choice for skinny pear shapes who are looking to balance out their lower body.
One reason why box pleats are a great choice for skinny pear-shaped women is that they add movement and dimension to the skirt. The pleats create a natural flare that sways beautifully with every step which also contributes to the slimming effect for the wide hips.
If you’re wondering how to style a box pleat skirt, one tip is to choose a skirt that falls just above or just below the knee. This length is universally flattering and will help to elongate the legs.
Asymmetrical Skirt with Ruffled Hem
An asymmetrical skirt with a ruffled hem is a skirt that features an uneven hemline that is longer on one side than the other with a ruffled or frilly hem detail. This style of skirt is known for its playful and feminine look and is also perfect for balancing a skinny pear-shaped girl’s frame.
The asymmetrical hemline of the skirt draws the eye away from the hips and thighs and instead leads the eyes toward the legs, which is also your body type’s best feature. The ruffled hem adds volume and fullness to the lower half of the body, which helps balance out your wide bottom half making it more even to your upper body.
Another benefit of this skirt style is that it creates movement and flow. The ruffles and the uneven hemline give the skirt a sense of movement, which can be very flattering for women with skinny pear-shaped bodies.
Skirts in Dark Colors
Skirts in dark colors are generally considered flattering for women with skinny pear shape body types because they help to create a more balanced and proportionate look by toning down the appearance of your wide hips and thick thighs. Wearing a dark-colored skirt can also help draw attention away from the lower half of the body and toward the upper body.
Dark colors such as black, navy, and dark brown are also slimming and can help to create a more streamlined silhouette. They have a minimizing effect on the lower half of the body, which can help to create a more proportionate and balanced look.
In addition to their slimming effect and creating a more polished look, dark-colored skirts are also very versatile. As they can be paired with pretty much any style and color, you can create countless fashion ensembles with dark-colored skirts!
Tailored Belted Skirts
As what was mentioned in our ‘Styling Goal” section, your waist is one of your body type’s best features so you have to accentuate it! The best way to do it is by cinching your waist with a belt.
Tailored belted skirts are a style of skirt that features a fitted or structured silhouette, with a waist-defining belt or sash. For women with a skinny pear-shaped body type, tailored belted skirts can be very flattering because they help to create a more balanced lower body in comparison to your smaller upper half.
The waist-defining belt or sash of the skirt draws attention to the waistline, which is typically smaller in women with a skinny pear-shaped bodies. In addition, the tailored fit creates a neat finish that’s not too clingy nor too bulky.
A-Line Skirts in Structured Fabrics
One of the main style benefits of wearing an A-line skirt when you have a skinny pear shape body is that it helps to create a more hourglass-like silhouette. The skirt flares out from the waist, creating volume and fullness around the hips and thighs which is an efficient way to conceal their significantly larger size.
When choosing an A-line skirt for a skinny pear-shaped body, it’s important to choose structured fabrics that hold their shape and don’t add bulk to the hips and thighs. This helps to create a more streamlined and polished look that pulls your frame’s proper ratio into a better balance.
Structured fabrics such as denim, wool, or twill are good options for A-line skirts because they hold their shape and create a more polished look. It’s also important to choose a skirt that fits well at the waist, hips, and thighs, without being too tight or too loose.
Flowy panel skirts are a stylish and flattering option for women with skinny frames and pear-shaped bodies. This style of skirt features multiple panels of fabric that flow and move with the body which is also quite beneficial to your figure fashion-wise.
Just like box pleats, panel designs give pretty much a similar effect as the multiple panels of fabric that make up a flowy panel skirt add volume and fullness to the lower body and therefore camouflage your wide hips and thighs. This can help to balance out the smaller upper body, creating a more proportionate and balanced look.
Panel skirts with soft, flowy fabrics are very dressy as well so they can be styled with a number of semi-formal to formal outfits. Just remember to note the right length and fit of your chosen panel skirt to make sure it flatters your figure the best way possible.
Straight Denim Midi Skirts
A straight cut denim midi skirt style can provide a number of style advantages that can flatter your body type and create a chic, put-together look. Think of having a classic straight silhouette and a very versatile denim fabric in one skirt – this style can give you tons of style ideas!
The straight cut of the skirt falls straight down from the hips to the hem, without adding volume or fullness to the hips and thighs. This can help to create a more proportionate look by balancing out the larger lower body with the smaller upper body.
Another advantage of a straight cut denim midi skirt is that it is a classic and timeless style that can be dressed up or down. The denim material provides a casual, relaxed feel, while the midi length of the skirt is just perfect to draw the eyes away from your problem areas.
Linen Wrap Skirts
The structure of a wrap skirt can help to create the illusion of a more defined waistline while also creating a more balanced silhouette between your smaller upper half and heavier bottom half.
The wrap style of the skirt allows the fabric to drape and flow over the curves of the body, providing a more relaxed and comfortable fit. Also, linen has a natural drape and flow that can help prevent the skirt from clinging or bunching in the wrong places, which can be unflattering for women with skinny pear-shaped bodies.
The Key Takeaway
See how going for the right style of skirt can totally amplify your look and enhance your body type’s best features?! All you really need to do is to tick all the boxes listed in our styling goals section and you’re off to a hassle-free shopping spree.