Dresses for Your Pear Body Shape

Pear shape Trinny and SusannahFor the holidays we bring you a gift… our best advice on how to choose a dress that will flatter and celebrate your body shape, always.

First up – the Pear.

When it comes to weight distribution, the centre of your woes lies around your lower regions. Not your butt per se but those ballooning thighs that bulge out to the side… your saddlebags… the ones you have never been able to rid yourself of however many hours spent on the Stairmaster. Then sweeping down we come to your calves and ankles that don’t have the definition you would like.

Many times you have yearned to wear a mini skirt, but shied away from it at the last minute or gone for it only to have felt self-conscious and conspicuous. It’s not that you are over-weight. Indeed, pears can be skinny little chickies like Trinny, but her thighs are also, to be honest, way bigger than the rest of her.

As we see it, the Pear body shape has many, many redeeming qualities… all of them upstairs. You boobs won’t be big but they will be a tidy handful that can slip easily into delicate tops and strappy prettiness. Your arms, bless them, are nearly always toned to the point of perfection. Dammit, your top half is hard to fault. Muscular back, tiny waist and a card-hard stomach make you one lucky girl. Go forth and display your wears upstairs keeping the basement dark, murky and a mystery to the outside world.

The name of the game is broadening your shoulders to balance those saddlebags.

The Pear body shape is relatively flat-chested so you can get away with higher cut tops than your busty Vase and Hourglass cousins. A slashed neckline always helps to give the impression of coat hanger shoulders. Or an alternative way is to use puffed sleeves to add those vital inches.

Pear body shape dress neckline Trinny and Susannah

Never forget to view your best assets from every angle. The Pear body shape normal has a beautiful back. Create added glamour and intrigue by throwing the spotlight there.

pear body shape dress Trinny and Susannah

This dress embodies brilliant principals for the pear body shape. It shows off your stunning back with a dramatic net effect. The high neckline and net panels at the front combine to create the effect of broadening the appearance of your shoulders, whilst the keyhole gives a tempting glimpse of your toned torso.

A strapless dress is another wonderful thing for a Pear to own. In the evening you can wear it with a drop-dead necklace to spotlight your top half and for daytime you can dress it down by wearing a t-shirt or full-sleeved blouse underneath.

Things to make your top half look bigger:

  • gilets
  • sequinned tops
  • faux fur wraps
  • big necklaces
  • pufball sleeves
  • big earrings
  • layering
  • slashed necklines
  • bold print on your top half

Looking now towards your bottom half. The aim is to do everything possible to keep our attention away from those dreaded saddlebags. Tight, clingy skirts cause them to stick out like a pair of joke ears, so make sure that your skirts are flared or A-line and in a fabric that will skim right over your thighs. Next, be sure that there are absolutely no side pockets to strain or bulge sideways. Finally, skirts above the knee are a no-no, unless worn with leggings, thick tights or trousers.


A slashed neckline and bold decoration throw all the attention onto your shoulders and torso. The flared skirt does a terrific job of disguising wide hips.

Straight boots below cover the chunkiness of your calf whilst deeply cut, high chunky shoes help to extend the length of your leg and balance your thighs.

For an in-depth understanding of your body shape read our definitive book The Body Shape Bible.

Inspired? Here are some amazing dresses to flatter your Pear body shape:

Vintage dress images in main post courtesy of Rococo Vintage.


  • Reply December 16, 2014


    I’m waiting for the tips for the busty top heavy gals! Vase, goblet, lollipop… It’s time for us to rock.
    Great advice 😀

  • Reply December 29, 2014


    Oh yay yay YAY! So glad you’re doing this, T & S! Can’t wait to learn more about the cello and hourglass shapes. My main questions are:

    1. Does the cello have to be a plus-size?
    2. Is it possible to be a slightly hippy hourglass?
    3. Can a cello lose weight and become an hourglass (or an hourglass gain weight and become a cello)?
    4. In short, what’s the difference between the two?

    Also, MANY THANKS for the recommendation on Organix shampoo. It’s available in the U.S., no animal testing, and it’s really GREAT.

    Love you both!


  • Reply February 2, 2016

    Sara Noo

    Dear T&S,

    I would really love it if you could do a telly program about body types and nutrition as well as fashion. All these one size fits all diets around are unhelpful and expensive. Far better to eat according to type, thus enabling a more splendiferous fashion budget. I know you two would make it fun and do a lot of good at the same time.

    Sara Noo

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