By this time, we all know that dressing our pear shaped body is a labor of love and that sometimes good old-fashioned “smoke and mirror” techniques can help give us the added oomph that we crave.
Striped tops accented by great jewelry are one of the tricks of the trade as the combination will give the illusion that our upper torso is broader then our bottom. Pairing a great sweater or shirt with a pair of dark denim jeans, black pants or even a solid pencil skirt are all some great ways to drape your Pear Shapely figure. Plus complimenting the stripes with the Coco Chanel Inspired Pearl Before Swine Necklace ($86) from Hurricane by Jane will make the look completely yours:
As always, Bluefly.com has options and this Cashmere Striped Bubble Sweater ($123.99) will do the trick:
The ribbed waistband, will allow the garment to sit right above your hips, accentuating your whittled middle, the bubble effect will add a slightly fuller silhouette to your slim top portion, the stripes will work their magic and the cashmere will add the necessary “yummy” factor.
Menswear is currently a huge trend and I always keep some staples in my wardrobe. With a Striped Cashmere Sweater Vest ($139) available on Shopbop.com we can also balance our figures:
Depending on your mood you can just add a layering t or a white button down. Mix and match with all the aforementioned bottoms, and you will be good to go. The illusion is the same, it is just another twist on the look.
When trying something new, breaking the $100 range may not be a realistic goal. Never fear as the Gap always has affordable options. I’m totally digging this Striped Crew Neck Sweater ($44.50):
Out of all the lined toppers out there, this shirt will provide the best optical illusion for balancing out your figure courtesy of all the white space around your shoulders and chest (our two most narrow points).
From bargain retailers like Forever 21 to designer discounter happy places like Loehmann’s stripes are plentiful, flattering and affordable. Feel free to share your favorite finds with me, as I love hearing about a good shopping score!
Nearly everyone uses their wardrobe as their main means of expressing themselves. Whether someone drapes themselves in designer labels, vintage garb, indie fashion or the infamous khaki pant and blue top ensemble, what you choose to wear is your greatest form of expression.
The key to individual style is being 100% true to yourself, setting your own trends and dressing for you body shape including the lovely Pear Shapely. By using that basic philosophy and not being beholden to one store, designer line or even era you will surely come up with your own unique style.
One of the greatest contributors to this cause is “indie fashion” just like Hurricane by Jane Jewelry. All my pieces are handmade by me, in small batches in fine materials like sterling silver, freshwater pearls and other goodies. One website dedicated to the movement is Mod Cloth and they have tons of excellent fall offerings for curvy gals.
As the temperatures continue to drop, finding great and flattering outwear is a necessity. Pear shapely women need to stay away from such trends as swing coats, boxy shapes or cropped jackets that have no structured shape at the bottom. However, the world of Mod Cloth is filled with a full array of structured coats perfect for pear shaped women that will keep you cozy.
The Madison Jacket ($107.99) is one such delicacy:
Herringbone never goes out of style and with the belted waist and amble coverage for our bottoms, Pear Shapely ladies can easily (and affordably) participate in the trend. The Mobile Earrings would pick up the subtle detail of the gold belt closure on the jacket:
Perhaps you are itching to get a great plaid piece into your Pear Shapely wardrobe, then Union of Plaid jacket ($139.99) would do the trick nicely:
Cinched waist, check! Long and loose enough to provide ample hip coverage, check! Epaulets detail to draw the eye of the viewer to your top and balance out the overall figure effect, major check-a-rooni! Paired with the earrings in silver and gold, you will master the look!
Seriously, Mod Cloth had dozens of styles perfect for fantastic Autumn layering and many of the offerings are well under $200. If you are in the market for a layering piece, do yourself a favor and check this site out for yourself.
Hello fellow curvy girls! Sorry I’ve been off the beaten pear path for the past couple of days, but since I am a responsible, law abiding citizen who answered the call of serving my country in the form of jury duty, it is legally my number one responsibility. Thankfully the LA municipal has free wireless internet and I have a laptop, so you cannot keep a good, Pear Shapely woman down for too long (unless that is exactly what she wants).
Anyway, around LA county and the entire country, the air is chilling and fall fashion is plentiful. Layers are the key to surviving cooler nights, staying fashion savvy and adorable blazers are just the thing wear. Pear Shapely ladies need to be extremely careful in the blazer selection process to avoid fashion mayhem.
Regardless of the color, fabric and price point of your blazer there are several fitting that Pear Shapely ladies need to pay attention too:
- Avoid boxy shapes-look for a blazer with a more feminine cut that cuts in at the waist to accentuate your best feature, your curves
- Shoulder structure-after the linebacker look went out in the 80’s, the words “shoulder pads” were never uttered with the same intent however, a slight hint of padding will help balance your upper torso with your hips
- Length-almost any length blazer can work as long as the other two features are part of the garment
Although there are no shoulder pads in the construction, the ruffle detail combined with the plaid will help balance out your top compared with your bottom and the single button closure will provide the appropriate waist detail.
Depending on your office for work you can pair the garment dark denim jeans and a simple solid top of your choice. If you work in a more creative environment a straight black skirt just above the knee combined with solid black tights and engineer boots would provide an awesome twist.
To top it all off , a bit of bling from Hurricane by Jane L.L.C. Since the jacket makes a bold enough statement on it’s own the simplicity of the Circle Choker ($42) in sterling silver would do the trick and you can feel free to pair it with the stud earrings of your choice:
Are you coveting a particular blazer? If so, feel free to let me know all about as us curvy gals truly need to stick together.
Regardless of the designer label, only natural fibers shall ever grace my body. For me, cotton, silk and fine cashmere are the key elements on which my entire wardrobe are built as frankly, my skin gets irritated by everything else. That is why I have been a fan of LA Designer Hale Bob for years. The line features fantastic prints that are reminiscent of Pucci and many of tops and dresses are constructed of a silk base.
Pear shaped women can certainly benefit from having a few Hale Bob tops in their wardrobes as many of them feature v-neck and cinch detail that will highlight a small ribcage while covering our hips. The key to making this work look for Pear Shapely ladies is pair a flowing top with skinny jeans, that will provide the most balance to the equation.
If you are interested in channelling your inner Bohemian love child, then there are literally hundreds of tops to choose from. However the cut and color combinations of the stretch silk Multi Bohemian Chic V-Neck Top would look amazing with a pair of dark, skinny jeans.
The top is currently on sale for $150 making it a bit more appealing then other offerings on the site and by adding a simple long sleeve black layering t-shirt underneath, the item can be worn through the fall.
Shopping Tip-Those ladies lucky enough to live in LA should stop by Loehmans as they are a major seller of Hale Bob overstock. Tuesday and Thursdays are when new arrivals are put on the floor at both the Burbank and Los Angeles locations and I have several tops that originally retailed at over $200 in the $50-$60 range.
Since the main focus of this look would be on the wildly patterned top, simple jewelry would at the finishing touches. My recommendation would be the Waterfall Necklace ($53) in sterling silver by Hurricane by Jane Jewelry.
The necklace is light and airy and the fine change dangles will certainly compliment the plunging V-neck and the skin that you choose to show.
The finely crafted Crystal Ship Earrings ($41) in Sterling silver would further add to the look.
To add the final bit of bling and fully integrate all the pieces the Crystal Persuasion Bracelet ($49) in sterling silver will seal the deal.
Of course if you are interested in purchasing all three pieces together, contact me directly through my ETSY boutique and I’ll work out a deal just for you.
Those in the “know” visit ShopIntuition.com to be a trend maker not a fashion faker. The company founder, Jaye Hersh is a talented, giving and lovely woman and was kind enough to provide me my first break as a jewelry designer.
Now, courtesy of Hurricane by Jane L.L.C. you can purchase the identical jewelry featured at ShopIntuition.com at wholesale prices. Just click through to buy any of the pieces listed below and know that you are getting the same designer wares and quality of a premier Hollywood boutique, frequented by stars such as Katy Perry, Lauren Conrad and Taylor Swift.
The overall best selling piece for the store and myself through private sales is the Golden Triple Strand Necklace ($48). This necklace is also available in Sterling Silver ($42) and is probably the best necklace to get a fashionable friend as a birthday or holiday gift.
The rest of the Shop Intuition collection include the Silver and Gold Multitasker Necklace ($74):
Floating Leaf Earrings ($42):
The Duotastic Bracelet ($52):
The great thing about these pieces and the entire Hurricane by Jane collection is that they are all designed to work with each other, kind of like a “Garanimal” line for women of sophisticated taste. If you are interested in buying more then one of the pieces from the Shop Intuition collection or from any other work I have, just feel free to contact me directly though my ETSY boutique and I’ll be happy to work out a deal, especially for you!
Some may question my choice of writing about the best swim wear for Pear Shapely ladies on the first day of October. But if you are like me, I find the task of locating a cute, flattering and well fitting swim suit a year-long task and wanted to give y’all a head start on your 2010 season.
By far the best and easiest shopping experience comes courtesy of the “Build Your Own Bikini Shop” on Newport News. Dozens of combos can be made, so you can pick and choose the fabrics and cuts that work best for your particular figure and taste. My favorite summer selection of this year was built from the “High Contrast” collection.
For this option I selected the Shape fx® Bust-Enhancing Hardcup Top combined with the Shape fx® Concealing Skirted Bottom.
Yes, I have curves, but my stomach is awesome and deserves to see the light of day! If you feel the same you will be glad to know that these items are now on sale for $19 for the top and $24 for the bottom.
Shopping Tip-The best time to shop for any seasonal item (including winter coats, boots, air conditioners and swim wear) is off season as that is when consumers will benefit from the steepest discounts. As a Pear Shapely lady, I truly do not care if the pattern of my swimsuit follows the latest trend as fit is the number one factor for me. The only downside through shopping at Newport News are the shipping costs as if you do not like the fit you will be responsible for paying both the initial and return shipping charges. With that in mind you should consider:
- Buying a large selection of swimsuits to justify the costs of shipping
- Measure yourself with a tape measure and follow the sizing charts posted
- Be at least 95% sure of the purchase you are going to make
- Sign up for email blasts from the company as they sometimes will send discounts via email
- Check out Retail Me Not to see what online discount codes they may have for the site
My main goal of a swim suit is swimming, but it does not mean that a girl cannot properly glam up the look. On that note, Hurricane by Jane offers a great styling piece for two-piece looks called the Crystal Multitaskers in both sterling silver and gold filled.
Both these pieces are handcrafted by me, feature 28 dangling teardrop briolette crystals and measure a whopping 36″ long. The dainty clasp allows these pieces to be worn in a number of ways including as a waist chain or anklet for the skin bearing months. No need to wait for summer for this purchase as this piece also makes an excellent long necklace, double wrapped neck decor or bracelet either for yourself or for a gift for your loved one.
Please feel free to contact me through my ETSY boutique if you have any questions regarding purchasing pieces from the Multitasker Collections. I am more then happy to customize the length of this and all jewelry I make.
There is nothing like independent designers or vintage wares to help anyone locate unique treasures! Unless s you are a shrinking wallflower who fancies wearing khaki pants and blue shirts everyday, I know you totally get my drift. Along those lines, there is a new player in the field, called Busacca Fashion Gallery.
The site just launched a couple of months ago and I have had the pleasure of working together with these gals. They sought my work out and asked me to become one of the first designers on their website. They have completely different offerings then my Etsy boutique and have the luxurious Golden Moon Necklace:
A gold filled charm is accented by hand-linked sterling silver and iridescent moonstone gemstones, it is truly lovely.
Aside from my ware’s there are other up-and-comers and a large selection of vintage fashion available. They offerings are growing more and more everyday, so bookmarking and checking back periodically would be in your best interest.
Let’s face it some dresses and skirts are just not flattering for pear shaped women. After a point, baby-doll dresses make you look like a deranged Betty Davis in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane”, ruffled skirts just add more layers to the already amply stocked zone and bubble skirts are just a cruel invention for those striving to make the most out of their figures.
However, hinged directly into the curvy style icon’s of yester-year is Rockabilly fashion. Originally designed when women were women and men sported “duck-asses” the trend is easily doable with this lovely frock from ETSY designer Jack’s Daughters Shop.
Officially called the 1950s ROCKABILLY WIGGLE Dress. 60s Retro BLACK and WHITE with 50s styling. Sure it is fitted, but the color contrast of the white on top with the slimming black on bottom will provide the perfect optical illusion for slimming the hips and balancing your curves.
A simple flower clip holding back your hair on one side such as this one from XOXO Design’s Shop would do quite nicely:
The dress accented by the flower makes a bold and fun statement, so the rest of the accessories should be minimal but should of course include the best selling piece from my collection the Hurricane by Jane Silver Triple Strand (also available in Gold Filled) would be the icing on this delicious fashion cake: