Every body shape has a few basic rules to follow. Dress your pear shaped body to accentuate your positives and flatter your negatives. When you look great, you feel great, so what are you waiting for?

First of all, you need to confirm that you do indeed have a pear shaped body type. There are some many figure shapes that you could have, but here are the basic characteristics of the pear shape. Women with this body shape tend to be larger on their bottom half, with larger thighs and hips. In addition to a larger bottom half, pear shapes have a quite narrow top half, often with a slim neck and narrow shoulders. Does this sound like your body? Perfect; you’re definitely a pear!

The key to dressing this body type is balance. It’s important to try to keep bulk off of your bottom half, while accentuating your smaller top half, drawing the eye upward. Here’s how to pick the right shirt. Since you’re trying to draw the eye up, details are your best friend. Look for shirts with interesting necklines, such as a v-neck or scoop neck. These necklines can help your shoulders to look less narrow and create the balance you’re searching for. It’s important not to hide that gorgeous, slim waist of yours! Don’t bury yourself in baggy tops, especially plus-sized women. Look for shirts that show off your shape with a cinched-waist, but don’t buy anything that is too tight for you! Super tight clothes make you look larger than you actually are, and no one wants that!

Details are your best friend. Look for some tops or jackets with fun and flirty puffed sleeves. This will make your shoulders look wider. Sleeves with ruching or that have 3/4 length are perfect for you. Don’t forget about accessories! Add a belt where appropriate to show off waist. Jewelry is another great way to keep the eye up top. Don’t overdo it, but an eye-catching necklace with your v-neck tee or dangly earrings are great.

As noted earlier, it’s best to avoid bulk on your bottom half. Like the shirts, steer clear of pants and skirts that are tight. Save the bright, fun colors for your tops and try colors that are more subtle and neutral for your lower body. Trousers that are tapered will only make your hips look larger, so look for pants with a slight flare. Look for skirts that aren’t snug on your trouble areas. A-line skirts have a nice flow and just skim over your hips. Pants and skirts that drape nicely over your hips and thighs are much more flattering than stiff fabrics.

Lastly, look for some fun high heels to pair with your outfit. Continuing on the theme of balance, the slight boost in your height helps you to look long and lean. Whether it’s pumps with classic black trousers, or some sexy boots with a flowing skirt, you can really have fun with your heel choices.