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Updated: Jul 19

Styling or flattering a Triangle or Pear Figure is easy when you learn the tips and tricks for effectively drawing the eyes away from areas you want to hide or diminish; in this case the hips and thighs or the mid-section. Although the trend of the moment favors increasing the width of the buttocks, and a lot of young women are spending large on implants, older women don't view this quite as positively! For those of us who share this viewpoint, there are several ways to visually reduce the width of this area that don't require getting liposuction!

Add Detail. That's right! One way to trick the eyes is by increasing the width of the top portion of the body to match the bottom. As Pear figures are proportionately smaller in the bust area you want to add detail on top to balance out the figure. You can do this easily using pattern and texture and embellishments like ruffles, large appliques, buckles and buttons. Choose tops and shirts with horizontal detail to add width to the small bust area. Circular patterns on shirts work well too. All this detail will keep eyes directed towards the upper portion of your body and away from the area you are self-conscious about.

Add Bulk. Use thick fabrics to add bulk to the upper body. Bulky wool sweaters, thick wool blazers, and heavily textured wool jackets all balance out the body. Any sweaters with added embellishments sewn onto them, such as large tassels, fringe, and crocheted flowers do wonders. On cool summer evenings you can choose lighter sweaters with crocheted flowers or anything blingy like sequins, beads and glitter.

Use Colour. Colour always directs eyes towards it, especially when it's bright, rich, or vibrant. Neon is the most effective bright, but you don't have to go to quite this extent. As long as the colour you wear on the upper portion of your body is more striking than the bottom, you will succeed in keeping all eyes up there.

Use Line. The proper use of lineage can work wonders to draw the eyes upwards. As mentioned above, horizontal lines* and patterns add width to an area so are critical for increasing the bust and broadening the shoulder area. Wider stripes work better than pin-stripes, of course, but even pin-stripes draw the eyes across the chest area. Other horizontal patterns work well too.

*Note: If you are under 5'4", or petite, horizontal lines won't work so well for you. Instead, choose wide vertical lines and patterns above the waist instead to add width and visually add height.

Use Solids Below the Waist. If you want to draw attention away from the mid-section, keep patterns and detail above the waist area and use solid colours only below.

Choose Embellished Footwear. You can wear embellished footwear to keep eyes away from the mid-section as long as there is more detail on the top portion of your body and a solid colour in the mid-section. Adding embellished footwear that matches the pattern or detail on top creates the effect of an hourglass figure, which is what we all want!

Accessorize the Neck and Decolletage. Any embellishment that sits around the neck, shoulders, and decolletage draws attention away from the mid-section. Beautiful scarves and pashminas are perfect for this. Large necklaces and bold earrings are excellent. Even shoulder pads, when they are in vogue, do a great job of adding width and balancing the figure visually.

Having what we call a Pear figure is nothing to be embarrassed about but if you feel self-conscious, try some of the above tips and tricks to visually flatter your figure from head-to-toe! Be sure to check out my Pinterest page, Bliss & Bling: Styling the Triangle (Pear) Figure for more visual representations of how to style your unique figure!


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