Thursday, March 5, 2009

Figure Flattery: Workwear for Pear Shape Figures

If you work in a more traditional office environment, you may be required to dress in business casual attire everyday. Just because you can't wear jeans or bright leggings to work doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style!

While it may be easy to style your work wardrobe, it's important to understand that what works for one body type may not work for another. So, we've put together some collections in our Figure Flattery series to give you business casual suggestions for three common body types: pear shape, boyish/skinny and apple shape. We'll kick the series off by highlighting the pear shape figure:

Pear Shape Figure

If you have a pear shape, or bottom-heavy figure, you should accentuate your shapely waist and delicate upper body. In general, you should avoid mini skirts, patterned or light pants, baggy tops, excessive detailing around the hip area (like big pockets) and anything too tight.

A-line and full skirts that hit the knee area are key to a flattering work look. Empire waist dresses are also very flattering and belts can be used over simple dresses to achieve this look, as well. If you're wearing pants, choose a straight or boot cut to balance out your body. V-necks, turtlenecks and open collars are great necklines for you because they call attention to your face. You should accessorize your look with chunky necklaces or long chains.
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The ensemble above works because the full skirt creates a great fit and flare combination. A fitted blazer will perfect a business casual look. Just be sure that the hemline does not hit the widest part of your hips -- it should hit right above. Layer a fitted shirt (not a tank top) underneath in case it gets warm and you decide to take the blazer off.

Here's a collection that highlights more great looks for a pear shape figure:

View 'Workwear for Pear Shape Figure' on Polyvore

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PaintHead said...

Yeah good advance, being latina, we have big butts/hips, my mom and sister does to, not that big tho, LOL but we have the tiny waist as well, like the plants will never touch our back, theres a big gap in between, so it gets annoying not having a well fitted pair of jeans/pants.

I agree as well to stay away from pattern pants especially stripes as well, lol.

n i l e e y said...

thanks for the post, i find it helpful, especially the 'Workwear for Pear Shape Figures'.

City Girl DC said...

Thanks! This is very good info for us pear shapes.

Anonymous said...

Excellent advice. I will follow your recomendations. I'm not sure about pencil skirt, though

WearToStandOut said...

I LOVE THIS! Finding the right clothes for your shape does so much for you self confidence. We put together a few looks for pear-shaped woman to off their fabulous shapes. You can take a look at them here and tell us what you think! xoxo, WearToStandOut