Stop Cursing Your Hips: Style Tips for Pear Shaped Women

Posted on October 19, 2016 by Jen Anderson | 0 comments

Plus size is a size category, not a body shape. That means that not every piece of plus size clothing is going to be right for every plus size woman. Though really, wear whatever makes you happy. We're not the fashion police. But certain silhouettes work with your body's shape instead of against it. These pieces will fit better, which means they'll be more comfortable. Which means you may be happier wearing them.

Be Kind to Your Hips

Having a pear shaped body means that your hip measurement is your biggest. That means your clothes need to be biggest at the hips. It's that simple.

Some clothes are your frenemies. They hang straight down from the waist with no flare at all. Don't even try them on because you won't like how they look, and they'll make you mad at your hips instead of the clothes. Ever try on a sheath dress and wonder at how it fits well everywhere except your hips? You stare into the mirror wondering if your hips always stuck out like that or if this is the result of your latest workout routine. It's not you. It's the skirt.

Your New Best Friends

Palazzo Pants

Wide leg pants, aka palazzo pants, are the pear shaped woman's BFF. Especially when they have an elastic waistband like Vikki VI's do. That stretchy waistband means no gapping at the waist. Palazzo pants look great on pear shaped women because they're voluminous. They emphasize and exaggerate the size of your lower half instead of trying to make it look smaller.

Wear palazzo pants with a tucked-in top for a sleek, chic look. Don't wear a loose jacket with wide-leg pants, or you'll be drowning in fabric.

A-Line Dresses and Skirts

An a-line dress flares out from the waist, leaving lots of room for your hips. As a bonus, all that extra fabric swishes around your legs as you walk or dance. Super fun. Having a bad day? Just twirl around a couple of times and you'll be feeling much happier.

Fit and Flare Jackets

A boxy jacket that fits your hips is probably too big for the rest of your body. With all that excess fabric, you'll be adjusting your clothes all day long. Ugh. More comfortable for pear shaped women are jackets that have a defined waist. Close-fitting, tailored jackets aren't necessary. Any jacket that flares out a bit at the hips is going to look and feel great on you. 

Try Vikki Vi's Swing Jacket, Swing Cardigan (pictured above), and Shawl Collar Jacket.

A-Line Tunics

A tunic that flares out around your hips gives you room to breathe and move. Look for shark bite tunics, or tunics that flair out at the hips, like this Jess and Jane Indigo Slub Tunic

Ditch the Frenemies

When you stick with clothes that work with your body's pear shape, you're more comfortable because you don't have to keep adjusting them. You're more confident because you're not distracted by your clothes. And you're happier because you didn't waste a lot of time and energy trying on clothes that don't look quite right. What's not to love about that?



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Size Chart
Vikki Vi Clothing runs generously. The size chart below is an excellent guide for most of our products. If any styles run especially large or small, that information will be listed on the specific product page.



Size 12-14

Size 16-18

Size 20-22

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