Knowing your body type is a step towards creating your personal style. One can always put together looks and styles that they love, irrespective of shapes and sizes. But if you are looking out to create a proportioned frame, knowing your body shape goes a long way in helping you pick styles that compliment you the most. It's an excellent method to choose outfits that will balance your shoulders, bust, waist and hips. Create curves and emphasize the body parts that are your favourite with the right tips and tricks from the experts.

In the first part of the series, we look at the pear-shaped body. Sharing his expert tips with us today is Ojas Kolwankar, Fashion Stylist and Writer at Grazia.

Ojas Kolwankar, Fashion Stylist and Writer at Grazia

With his expertise in styling, Kolwankar puts together an impactful fashion guide and shares his tips on power pieces you should look out for.

The Classic Pear - Defining features

A pear-shaped body has a triangular frame, with a leaner upper half and curvier bottom. If you are a pear, you will find that you have wider hips and thighs while your waistline is more defined.

Styling tips for Pear Shaped Body

Having a pear-shaped body has a lot of advantages. To start off with, always create a balance. Accentuate the upper part of your body and draw attention to your defined waistline.

Go for bright colours

Solid colours are a classic choice for you. Blacks and whites all-time favourites that goes well for everyone. When it comes to top wear, you can also try out bright and vibrant hues when you feel like it. With a leaner upper body, you are sure to carry it off well.

Experiment with necklines

Any structured open necklines like a plunging V-neck, cowl neck or square neck would highlight your collarbones and neck, drawing the eye up. When it comes to sleeves, you can go for bell sleeves and balloon sleeves to add some drama. For a more casual look, rolled up sleeves work great. Avoid anything that’s narrowing and too fitting. Instead try out off-shoulders when it’s a loose fit top that has a nice bohemian vibe.

Add prints and patterns

Prints break the monotony of colours and when used right, can put together a great look. As a pear, vertical stripes, soft florals and geometric patterns look really good on you. Make sure you avoid any large or overtly quirky prints and opt for smaller delicate ones instead. You can also try colour blocking and print blocking to up your style game.

Dress yourself up

Dresses can highlight the parts that you are most confident about. As a pear shape, A-line and fit and flare dresses fit right on your waist and fall away from your hips, balancing and streamlining your figure. Shift dresses and shirt dresses are also made for you. They have a casual and comfortable silhouette, perfect for your everyday wardrobe. Experiment with wrap styles and belted waist too when you want to add variety to your dresses.

Layer it right

From solids and prints to shrugs and cropped jackets , you have the advantage of playing with layers and making it work for you. Any outerwear that hits mid-thigh will suit you beautifully. But what flatters you the most are the cropped ones that look great when paired with high-waisted pants and skirts.

Choose roomy jeans

Jeans are your besties, they make you look amazing. Since you have a curvy bottom, choose jeans that fit like a dream and enhance your curves. Avoid any extremely clingy styles that will suffocate your thighs, instead opt for roomier styles like straight cut and slight flared ones. Also, make dark shades your go-to classics as they have a more skimming effect.

High-waisted pants and skirts

This is a perennial style that balances your bottom half and creates a balance. High-waisted pants and skirts hit right at the narrowest part of your waistline and elongates your bottom half. Always, go for a little loose fit one in breathable comfy fabrics when it comes to choosing pants. Avoid any clingy skirts that are figure hugging and opt for the ones that fall way from your hips.

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