My last blog looked at great tops from the high street to maximise Apple and Pear body shapes, but we (myself, a full-bottomed Pear with arm phobia, and Alison a fuller bust and middle Apple) also found some fabulous dresses, skirts and trousers, and a few not so good (but an interesting learning exercise!)
PEAR – My favourite for hot days, a holiday layer, easy wear with sleeve frills to disguise arm wobbles. It’s shorter than I would normally wear but when it’s hot….! It also has a soft cotton/linen/poly mix so quite cool and easy wash.
APPLE – Alison’s favourite was a surprise really, but the large gingham check, wider neckline and bias skirt, all flattered her proportions. The back is a cross over, so for a clean finish, opt for a multi way strap bra.
APPLE and PEAR – We both liked this tunic dress which had flattering details, the open neckline finished in the right place for a fuller boob, the details minimalising opposed to bulking, and the hip shape was not too tight on my bottom, and obviously I loved the sleeve cover, and washable cotton blend mix.
APPLE and PEAR – Another shape that worked for both, and if we had the occasion we would have bought. For me, the arm detail added confidence and the fit and flare is always a winner for Pears. The collar shape also worked for Alison’s proportions. One doable alteration for a slim fit front would be to sew up the buttons to hip line and add an open side zip, so not button gape. A chambray style fabric in a washable cotton/linen so very cool, although a little bit creasy!
PEAR – A great shaped dress for a pear with good arms (so not me!) This is a perfect example of a ‘fit and flare’ which just needs a better quality belt added.
APPLE – A dress to maximise slim hips and the soft gathers were flattering for a full bust. The only down side was the unforgiving fabric which showed every underwear bump so will need some smooth undies for best result. Gorgeous deep khaki, in a washable man-made.
APPLE – A big surprise was Alison trying on the jumpsuit, a style and a print she would have normally walked past. It looked amazing and would have been perfect for a summer wedding with chunky neutral coloured wedges. PEAR shapes also benefit from the slimming all in one line of jumpsuits, (Note: always take friend to the ladies)
APPLE – Sadly a ‘no-go’ shape in a flowing fabric and pretty shade but really only flattering on the very slender. In cool washable cotton, the proportions did not flatter.
PEAR – For my ‘pear posterior’, a ‘no-go’ turned out to be these wide floral culottes, which is a shame as I loved the idea. I can wear culottes but really only flattering with a wedge. Wearing an eye catching print just where you least want to draw attention did not work for me, a dress would have been far more slimming.
PEAR – Understated coloured trousers with a waist detail draw the eye to my slimmer area and these ‘paper bag’ style trousers offer the fullness just where I need it!
APPLE and PEAR – Another surprise for Alison’s Apple shape was this A-line washable pure cotton button-down skirt, we both loved the cool simplicity which need a shorter t-shirt to show off the waistline.
So play around, allow yourself the time to try on something new to learn if it’s a maybe. Some will be a definite ‘No’ but others will open up new proportions. Fashion should be fun… remember?
Always look forward to reading you blog Kirstie 🙂 I’m not very confident about identifying my body shape though… any tips!
PS You looked fab ( as usual) in that C& A vintage dress!
Hi Teri, in reality we are all a bit of a mixture of different body types, for example tall and petite pear shapes have different needs but it sometimes helps to know some of the rules…we can chat more about that. Thanks re vintage dress like – it’s fun to find something unique x
Loved all the looks kirstie and what gorgeous models.
So kind xx