How To: Dress if you have a pear-shaped body

Dress if you have a pear-shaped body

If the circumference of your hips is 10 or more inches greater than the circumference of your waist, you're a classic pear shape. Transform it into an hourglass with these clothing tricks.
You Will Need
* Dark pants and skirts
* Visually interesting tops
* Empire waists
* Three-quarter length tailored jackets
* Wide-leg jeans and trousers
* Shoulder pads (optional)

Step 1
Wear darker colors on bottom to slim your hips and thighs.

Step 2
Draw attention to the upper half of your body with boatneck tops, patterned or beaded necklines, scarves, chunky necklaces, or a shawl.

Moderate-size shoulder pads can help balance your figure.

Step 3
Select dresses with Empire waists; the fabric will float right over your widest part. Avoid bias-cut skirts and dresses.

Step 4
Choose jackets that fall just below your upper thighs, with large lapels or an unusual neckline that draws the eye up. Opt for tailored over boxy.

Wear jackets that are just a little oversized. A roomy top will de-emphasize your bottom.

Step 5
Wear boot-cut, flared, or wide-legged pants to offset your hips, and look for pants and skirts with a lower waistband. Avoid side pockets – they add bulk where you least need it.

Step 6
Know you're not alone. The average American woman has 42-inch hips.

Factoid: Men with fuller-figure partners are less likely to stray than those with slim partners, according to one study.

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