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Dressing To My Own Shape... A Pear Shape

Hi my name is Alice and I am PEAR SHAPED... that was harder to say out loud than you'd think!

Sometimes in life you look in the mirror after you have spent ages getting dressed and still think...


Actually, I do it quite a lot at the moment and I'm struggling to find the me I want to be in, well, any clothes I own, because nothing I have fits anymore, if it ever did in the first place. It's no secret that I've never been comfortable with my body shape but I am desperate to change that, feel good about me and regenerate that confidence I used to have. As lets face it, I'm never going to be any other shape but pear, having kids has set that in stone.

So I have set myself a challenge and with a small budget I am planning on dumping all my old clothes that fit badly and invest in some that suit me and my 'pear' shaped body.

I have already started and I have 3 bin bags of clothes going to the charity shop.... eeeek!

I may be doing a bit of a Gok Wan on myself

If only I had Gok Wan's wage to do it with.

I found this really cool website about how to dress for your shape and look good in it. It's the first one I've read and said 'right I get it now' so hopefully you'll find it as helpful.

This is what I learnt whilst reading about dressing a pear shape:

The pear-shaped woman, also called triangle body, has more weight in the lower part with the hips and the backside wider than the shoulders. It is actually the most common body shape and many celebrities such as J. Lo, BeyoncΓ© and Alicia Keys are categorized as pear-shaped women

Emphasise the waistline and broaden the shoulders to balance the body.

Always wear dark colours on the bottom half and bright colours on the top half NEVER the other way round. Bright embellished tops are a must and big statement jewellery can draw the attention to the right part of your body.

A-Line is basically the key to a happy pear.

Wear dresses that accentuate the waist and don't wear clingy materials or pencil skirts, just floating material that skims your hips and bottom half. If your thighs are the problem part of you (like mine are) then try and avoid short skirts that stop at the part you dislike the most as it brings attention to it and you'll be happy with that when you don't feel uncomfortable when you realise in the mirror half way through your night out like I used to. This is difficult for me as I am 6ft with long legs so what is long on most of you, is a mini on me, finding skirts that are the right length is a challenge.

With trousers, avoid big jazzy pockets and embellishments on the bottom half of your body and NO SKINNY JEANS (damn I only own skinny jeans). Floatier trousers such as wide hemmed cut ones are much more flattering for a pear. ALWAYS wear trousers with a high waist, it brings your hips in and there is nothing worse than a muffin top on a pair of lovely jeans (again, damn it, I only own low rise jeans *hmmmmph* this is going to be harder than it seems).

With tops, try and avoid those that sit at the hip, including jackets, wear longer tops that elongate the skinny part of your beautiful self. Shorter ones cut off your figure and brings attention to the bottom half of your body. Layering is also a good way to balance out your figure, a blazer/cardigan over a t-shirt can do the job really well. Peplum tops are also great as they will create an optical illusion and make the hips look narrower. Go for tops with sleeves, especially reinforced and cap ones, that will add volume to the shoulders making them more proportional to the hips.

To summarize everything in just one phrase Gok styley,

Anything that brings the eye towards the top half of your body, shows off your small waist and conceals the width of your hips will look great!

Where can I shop?...

as long as you know what you're looking for.

I always shop onlne now, easier without the kids in tow and all that, but I think that is where I'm going wrong.

I need to go shopping.

I need to even get myself a personal shopper to show me what's what, how cool would that be?!

But I need to do it on a budget... a tight budget.

So I researched some nearby Designer Outlets, ones that I could get to without the kids in tow, for a 'me day' where I found my way in the fashion world again. I found this little beauty.

Now to window shop what styles I like now that I'm a twenty something mum of two, with a pear shaped backside... rather than a teen still free to wear what she wanted even though she was a little baby pear then too.

If I had my way, I'd be living in the 1950's as a cool upper class lady, with a nanny to deal with the children whilst I did my victory rolls and perfect make up with my lovely fitted A Line dress....

I love the vintage look, if I could get away with it I'd dress like this every single day, even when gardening (not that I do the gardening).

Maybe that can be where I get back to.

Maybe that is the new/old me...

I'm quite looking forward to getting it right. I'll try and keep you updated on my finds over the time.

Wish me luck...

Life, fashionAlice Hassall