Bottom-heavy figure, or commonly known as pear-shape, can be quite tricky to dress as many women tend to pile on thick layers to camouflage their figure, but they only make it worse by looking heavier in bulky clothes. Looking for ways to flatter a bottom-heavy figure? Keep on reading to scoop our styling tricks.
- Balance your figure with colors.
Even if you have a pear-shape, you can still wear fitted ensembles as long as you keep your frame line long by going monochromatic style to elongate and slim your figure. When going monochromatic, always rely on a form-fitting, but never tight, trousers or skirt. However, if you’re not a fan of monochromatic looks, then play with colors by keeping the light shade on top and dark on the bottom. As basic as it sounds, the best way to use color to camouflage, or highlight figure areas is to use contrasts. The black bottom with white top works best as it brings the eye up to the lightest hue and the top half of the body.
- Go for midi and maxi lengths.
As basic as it sounds, if you don’t want to over think on what to wear with your body type, resorting to midi and maxi lengths on dresses and skirts can be great. Just go for a non-fitting style of your outfit like a pleated, flowy, voluminous, and billowy structure. This way, it’ll be easier to look stylish while hiding your flaws. Like fashion blogger Blair Eadie, you may actually think of a geometric print maxi skirt to wear with your nude off shoulder crop top that looks chic and fashion-forward.
- Find trousers that flatter, especially high-waist styles.
You can look great in jeans and dressy trousers as long as you choose leg openings and back pockets to fit your figure. For instance, you may go for boot cut leg jeans as the slight flare balances out your wider hips and fuller thighs. Wear boot cut jeans as long as you possibly can without having them bunch up around your legs. If your waistline is thick, along with full hips and thighs, your best options in jeans are flared and wide leg pants. Also, the longer the jeans, the longer and thinner your legs will look. However, be careful wearing skinny jeans if you think your bottom-part will only look disproportionally heavier.
- Think for and flare style of silhouettes.
Fit-and-flare dress, empire tops, A-line dresses, as well as outfit combinations like a fitted sweater and tulle skirt can be great to flatter your bottom-heavy figure. You’ll get the benefit of showing off your shoulders, while concealing your hips in a fit-and-flare strapless or off shoulder dress. Like fashion blogger Veronica Popoiacu, opt for a fitted top to match with your tulle skirt, for where the diaphanous fabric of tulle will conceal your heavy bottoms while making it look intentionally curvy in a billowy silhouette. Also, you may draw attention to the waist with a pleat, belt, gathers, and such as long as your skirt flares out from the fitted waist.
- Conceal your flaws with stylish coats, jackets, or blazers.
When choosing fitted jackets, go for ones that end well above your widest point, and have structured shoulders, and puffy sleeves that will balance out your larger bottom. Wearing structured coats or trench coats will be great to make your bottom-half appear slimmer through the vertical line it gives you. This way, you’ll look more flattering and sexy on your street style without worrying about your flaws.