When your body is pear, you need to play down below by playing up above.

Here's how to balance your silhouette.

  • Loose-fitting, tailored trousers that a moderate to narrow leg width.
  • . Pants in minimal, soft, deep pleats at the waist.
  • . Pants in light weight fluid fabrics, such as wool crepe, gabardine or linen.
  • . Pants in dark solid colours teamed with a patterned shirt in lighter colour.
  • Length at the top of your in-step.

If you wear a jumper or
tunic top that reaches
below the thighs,
wear narrow
legged trousers.




  • High waisted trousers.
  • Cuffs - they give a broadened effect at the base of the body.
  • Jodhpurs
  • Tight fitting pants that show every bulge and crease.
  • "Paper bag" or gathered waist trousers.
  • Wide-legged pants that flare from the hips.

When not wearing a jacket, cover widen hips with a cardigan that falls
just below the buttocks.






  • A long line jacket that covers the hips, thighs and buttocks.
  • Extended shoulder pads - broad shoulders (not too wide) help re-proportion you upper half.
  • A well cut jacket in quite stiff, heavy fabric to add 'weight' above the waist.
  • Mix and match pieces in the same colour tones. A single breasted jacket with one row of buttons down the front.
  • A jacket with a shawl collar - it broadens the shoulders and created vertical emphasis to lengthen your silhouette.

  • Any jacket with a fitted bodice that flared from the waist.
  • Short cropped jackets that don't cover the hips and thighs.
  • Big patterned or plaid skirts: they simply widen the hips.

  • A trapeze or princess-line dress with sleeves which fall from the shoulders to cover thighs.
  • A gently structured shirt dress with padded shoulders.
  • A softly fitted dress that sits wide on the shoulders with long sleeves.
  • A tailored coated dress in a solid dark colour with a structured shoulder line.
  • A drop waisted dress - with waist on top of your hip bone.
  • Styles with piped collar and cuffs, contrasting buttons, etc


Dresses gently shaped at the waist rather than those pulled right in are most flattering.

  • Dresses without padding in the shoulders.
  • Flimsy fabrics
  • Dresses with frills below the waist or tiered skirts.
  • Drop-waisted dresses that also belt around the waist.

Team a simple skirt with
a decorative blouse with ruffles or fringed at the shoulder or on the
sleeves to take
attention way from
the hips.
  • Plain dark colours, but be sure to wear a lighter coloured shirt
  • . A slim style in a soft fabric that falls to the knee.
  • A bias-cut skirt that flows from the waist to the knee or mid-calf. It should skim - not cling to - hips, tummy and thighs.
  • A wrap skirt that's tailored with flat panel in front.

  • Bubble, gathered or puffball skirts.
  • Skirts that draw attention below the waist, such as fringed, sequined or patterned skirts.
  • Super-short skirts.
  • Tight-fitting or clingy skirts.
  • A skirt with frills or extra layers around the hips.
  • A high-waisted skirt.

  • 1. A sequined or velvet structured jacket that covers the hips. Team it with a slim line, soft back skirt.
  • Covered shoulders - tops that sit wide on the neckline such as a scoop-neck or V-neck.
  • Flat front, slender pants to team with a longer tailored jacket.
  • Evening fabrics that flow and don't cling, such as silk, chiffon or crepe de chine.
  • Tops with 'puffed' sleeves and lightly padded shoulders.
  • Long tops over shorter skirts

Use upturn collars, bows
and scarves, at the
shoulders or chest to
draw the eye upward.

  • Sequined or fringed skirts.
  • Heavy or stiff fabric such as brocade or taffeta below the waist.
  • Dresses with layered skirts.
  • Halterneck or strapless tops.
  • Clingy figure hugging knits or tube dresses.
  • Wide decorative belts that cut you in two.