Evening Dresses for Pear Shaped Women 2

What type of evening dresses goes well with pear shaped figure? What do you look for in an evening dress that would enhance your pear shaped body? Whether you’re donning an evening dress for wedding, party, prom, cocktail or royal event, you should learn how to dress your best in your pear shaped body. In my opinion, pear shaped body has one of the sexiest body around. ;-) (Think Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce!)

Let’s first look at what defined a pear shaped women. You are pear shaped if your hips are wider than your shoulders and you have a well-defined waist. Because your lower part is wider, your main aim is to camouflage your hips while flattering your shoulders and busts to divert all the attention upwards. What about your well-defined waist? That too you can flatter with the right choice of evening dress style.

Let’s now look at the style of evening dresses suitable for pear shaped women:

Evening Dresses for Pear Shaped Women
1. Evening dresses with wide necklines.
To keep your upper half in proportion with your lower half, choose evening dresses with wide necklines to broaden your shoulders. Bateau and off-the-shoulders necklines are two great choices. Sleeveless dress with wide shoulder straps and wide V-neck also enhances your shoulders.
Left to right: bateau dressoff-the shoulders dress – sleeveless with wide shoulder straps dress

Evening Dresses for Pear Shaped Women
2. Evening dresses with necklines that flatters the busts.
You want to add volume to your chest to drive the eyes upward. Choose these chest enhancing necklines: V-neck, halter, sweetheart, strapless and scoop neck.
Left to right: V-neck halter dress – sweetheart strapless dress – scoop neck dress

Evening Dresses for Pear Shaped Women
3. Evening dresses with full sleeves.
Full sleeves such as butterfly, puffed, cape or ruched have the illusion of making your upper half wider. This will balance out your wide hips and also make your upper body the focal point.
Left to right: butterfly sleeves – puffed sleeves – cape sleeves

Evening Dresses for Pear Shaped Women
4. Evening dresses with detailing at upper body.
Because of your wide hips, you can happily wear heavy embellished top with no remorse as your body shape will carry it well. Lace, embroideries, beadings, sequins, pleating, ruching on your upper body are welcome signs. Layering your upper body with coat or cardigan is also encourage.
Left to right: Lace sequins dressembroidered dresssequins & beads dress

Evening Dresses for Pear Shaped Women
5. A-line evening dresses.
A-line dress is pear shaped women number 1 best friend. Always remember that. The dress is fitted at the bodice, cinched at the waist and then flares out gracefully for a well-balanced figure. Because of the flared skirt, your wide hips is keep in disguise.
Left to right: Off-the-shoulders dress – strapless dress – scoop dress

Evening Dresses for Pear Shaped Women
6. Empire evening dresses.
Empire dress which has raised waistline sitting directly under the bust and then flares out slightly works great to de-emphasize your lower body.
Left to right: V-neck dress – strapless dress – halter dress

Evening Dresses for Pear Shaped Women
7. Ball gown evening dresses.
Ball gown which is form-fitting at the bodice with flare out full skirt is a beautiful addition to your evening style. It’s suitable for very formal event or the likes of Vanhojen Tanssit and La Quinceañera. The fitted bodice highlight your slim upper half while the fullness of the skirt works perfectly to hide your heavy lower half.
Left to right: sweetheart ball gownsweetheart ball gown

Evening Dresses for Pear Shaped Women
8. Evening dresses with light color bodice.
Go for evening dresses which has lighter color at the bodice and darker color at lower half. Light colors has the ability to make the area fuller and larger while dark colors help slim down and disguise unfavorable parts.
Left to right: A-line dressbateau dress – strapless dress

Evening Dresses for Pear Shaped Women
9. Evening dresses with packed and small prints.
Packed prints are prints that are tightly packed or concentrated together whereas scattered prints are prints that are scatter around. Evening dress with packed prints is known to slim down the body and are great for concealing details whereas scattered prints will make the area look larger.

Large prints are fattening prints. For your hips area, go for small prints to slim down the area. Learn how to wear prints with this useful guide.

Evening Dresses for Pear Shaped Women
10. Long evening dresses.
Go for evening dresses which are long and flowy, one that flares out from the waist. Dress length should be at least knee length or longer as short above the knee skirt will only accentuate your lower body. Go for fabrics which skim pass your hips and flowy. Don’t goes for clingy or stretched fabrics as they will highlight your curve.
Left to right: Beaded tulle dressV-neck dressbateau dress

Evening Dresses for Pear Shaped Women
11. Avoid evening dress with form-fitting at lower half.
Form-fitting at upper half of your evening dress is welcome as it hugs your bodice and show off your sexy curves. However if you’re uncomfortable in showing your pear shaped body it should be avoided at your lower half since form-fitting cut will only highlight your wide hips as it follow your body silhouette. If you are as daring as J.Lo and Beyonce, form-fitting dress is the way to emphasize your curve!

Now tell us, do you follow any of these recommendations when choosing an evening dress for your pear shaped body? What is your personal favorite tip?

Photo source: polyvore

2 thoughts on “Evening Dresses for Pear Shaped Women

  1. Reply AuntieG Sep 24,2014 5:59 pm

    Ummm….Ok…NOT ONE of these women is pear-shaped!!!! WTH!!!

    • Reply amykhew Sep 25,2014 1:08 am

      Hi AuntieG, you are absolutely correct. These women are not pear-shaped. However these are the dresses suitable for pear-shaped women.

      Usually we can only find women in rectangle shaped modelling in the fashion industry hence that explain the photos. Unless we can purposely hire a pear-shaped woman to specifically model for THIS blog post, that will have to do for now.

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