Every one has a fantasy wardrobe composed of a myriad of items that only occasionally get to see the light of day or catch a glimmer of moonlight. But when it comes down it, chances are that we wear or favorite pieces time and time again and that makes up the core of our wardrobes.
To get the most out of their figures and wardrobes, Pear Shapely gals need to have four basic elements on which the rest of their outfits are hinged. It doesn’t matter what color or price point you choose to build the underpinnings of your day-to-day wear as long as the garments fit beautifully and are constructed well.
The four key basic elements for a Pear Shapely wardrobe include:
Bootleg Bottoms: My two favorites are the Editors Pants with cotton from Express and the Shelby Jeans from Lucky Brand Dungarees. Ultimately the cut of the pants will balance out your hips because of the leg widens below the knee and the bottom will have a slight flair
Horizontal Neckline Tops: There are thousands of patterns and styles to choose from but the key is if you are wearing a flared pant, your top should be a bit more fitted or structured to ultimately highlight your whittled middle. One great example is the Windsor Scoop Neck Top on Anthropology ($98):
The neckline will balance out the top, the puckered gatherings in the middle will show off your curves and highlight your smaller waist and the fabric on the length of the top will flatter your hips. Either put a layering t underneath or a cropped cardigan on top and your curves will rock!
Structured Blazer: As long as the piece is not boxy, hits the hipbones and draws the attention of the viewing eye upwards, you will be in excellent shape. If you are only going to buy one blazer this year and do not have a basic black one in your wardrobe then this one from Priorities priced at under $58 will fill the void:
A-line, circle or flared skirts: No Pear Shapely Wardrobe would be complete without this essential item. The frock needs to fit well on top and open up on the bottom to make the most of your shape. Anthropologie has their online skirt section set up by cut so you can pick out your favorite but the one that caught my eye was this beauty in a retro inspired print by Leifsdottir’s:
Of course the work of Hurricane by Jane will go with any and all of the fashions listed above, so why not go and check out for yourself!
Even pear shaped gals with a great sense of humor should avoid this fashion “trend” as they will ultimately become the “butt” of many jokes.
Seriously, the last thing pear shaped ladies should want to do is draw attention to their bulky bottoms. That means some fashion trends such as acid wash, bleached jeans and pastel bottoms should be avoided at every cost.
Dark jeans in blacks and blues are awesome in nearly every cut from skinny to flared. Colored jeans such as purple or green can work as long as the fit is perfect.
When I find the best options for the current jean trends (and more) I will certainly post with all the information. Until then thanks for keeping the world pretty, by avoiding one bad trend at a time.
For over 18 months I was a Senior Assistant Store Manager for Lucky Dungarees and was one of the top sellers for my region. Whenever a pear-shaped-lass would walk through our doors, I would make sure they would try on a pair of Sweet-N-Low jeans and 9 out of 10 times, they were astonished that I found their perfect jeans on the first try.
The bad news, about a year ago Lucky discontinued the cut and my heart was broken and concerns about never finding the right jean for my posterior haunted my dreams. Fruity friends, rejoice as they are back and truly better then ever. The best of the lot and the one I am saving my pennies for are the trouser styled, dark denim, slightly flared Shelby Sweet-N-Lows.
Look closely at the photo and please do not kid yourself. The photo depicts a very slim model who is more “spaghetti strand shaped” then our demographic. However when you zoom in, you will notice there is space in the rear. Chances are we will fill that out and that is okay, because when we do, we will rock it hard!
If you are interested in purchasing a pair of these jeans let me give you some professional fitting advice. Go to your nearest location and make sure to try on not only what size you think you are, but even go one size lower! To get the most flatter fit from the Sweet-N-Low cut, shimmying into the jeans is part of the deal. Seriously, when you are trying them on, if you can get them over your thighs and close them one to two inches below your navel you have mastered the battle. The jeans should feel snug at first and lock at the waist. As you wear them they will stretch out everywhere except for the waist. With a fit like that there will be no need for constantly pulling up your jeans, you will not risk a muffin top and the crack of your butt will not stick out inappropriately.
Shelby Sweet-N-Low Jeans, $99 waist sizes 24-34.