Pear-Shaped Body-Transitioning Into Fall

Hello, Darlings! Today we are going to talk about fashion, Pear-Shaped Body-Transitioning Into Fall. September in the South is NOT Fall, it is summer 2.0. But it is a great time to check your wardrobe and make sure you have the items you need to transition into the fall season.

Recently I did a Wardrobe Check to make sure that the essential pieces in my wardrobe fit and were in good shape.

Pear-Shaped Body-Transitioning Into Fall

Pear-Shaped Body Type

Dressing Rules For A Pear-Shaped Body

The rules for a pear-shaped body are simple. You want the attention up and out, away from hips. This means keeping your pants a darker color and bringing color up towards your face.

Rules For Tops

For tops, choose a color that is in your tone (warm or cool) that is lighter than your pants. Or you can choose a color that is the same as your pants to create a “column of color” that is slimming. For pears, your top should not be darker than your pants because your eye naturally goes to the lightest color.

Rules For Pants/ Jeans

Pants/Jeans for pears should be bootcut to balance out the hip area. That does not mean you can’t wear skinny jeans. They are not the best shape for pears, but if you do wear them make sure it is dark denim or black.

Rules For Jackets/Sweaters

Jackets and sweaters are a pear-shaped body’s friend. They help a pear body shape by bringing attention out and balance the hips by making the shoulders look larger. Chose a color and have fun. The only rule with sweaters and jackets is to make sure they do not hit at the widest part of your body. Look for cropped or longer styles.

Rules For Accessories

Pear-shaped body type should take advantage of accessories such as statement necklaces, earrings, and scarves that bring attention to the face. Stay away from belts unless they are the same color as your pants.

Transitioning Into Fall- Start With Pants/Jeans

It is time to try them on to make sure they fit. I have one pair of skinny jeans to wear with long tops and higher cut boots.

Boot cut jeans are my favorite. They make me look better proportioned and slimmer. I have 2 pairs of dark wash bootcut jeans My favorite brand is the Wit & Wisdom Itty Bitty Absolution Boot Cut Jean From Nordstrom. I have 2 pairs of these dark wash jeans, one in petite to wear with flats, and one in regular to wear with booties.

Wit & Wisdom Itty Bitty Bootcut Jeans are very flattering to a pear-shaped body. I have them in regular (boots) and petite (flats).

Also, I have 2 pairs of these boot cut jeans in black-one petite and another regular. This is what I wear all winter long

For pants, I have 3 pairs of black pants. I love the Traveler’s Collection from Beyond Proper. In my closet, you will find my favorite pant for transitional weather: Beyond Proper Traveler’s Cropped Pant in black

Beyond Proper Travel Dress Pants in Black

Basic Tops For Layering In Cooler Fall Weather

Layering is one of the best ways to deal with the transitional weather of fall. Here in the south, we don’t need sweaters for the outside temperatures, but the inside a/c is blasting and a lightweight sweater is perfect. Later when the outside temperature falls, you are already prepared.

Camisoles

Zebra print camisole with red lightweight sweater is a great transitional look for fall or spring
Zebra print camisole with a red lightweight sweater is a great transitional look for fall or spring

I started a collection last year of camisoles. This is where you can have fun with animal prints. I love the zebra prints. Many camisoles come with a built-in shelf bra.

Shop Zebra Print Camisole At H&M Warehouse

Animal print camisoles are great addition to wardrobe for layering.
Animal print camisoles are great addition to wardrobe for layering. Add a light weight sweater in white or a bold color to complete the look.

Tanks Top For Wardrobe Staple

Tanks tops are a staple in my closet. I don’t like wearing a strapless bra, so most of my tank tops are built so I can wear a regular bra. These are great for laying all year long. Chico’s has a great supply of their Micro Fiber Tanks Tops in an array of colors. I added this gorgeous

Tank top is a great piece to have for transitioning into fall. Wear by itself with statement necklace or add a sweater/ jacket for cooler temps.
The tank top is a great piece to have for transitioning into fall. Wear by itself with a statement necklace or add a sweater/ jacket for cooler temps.

Shop Chicos For Tanks Tops In Regular & Petite

Sleeveless tank tops are perfect for layering during the transitional time from summer to fall. Chico's tanks are microfiber and wash well, don't shrink, and hold color.  They come in an array of colors both warm and cool tones.
Sleeveless tank tops are perfect for layering during the transitional time from summer to fall. Chico’s tanks are microfiber and wash well, don’t shrink, and hold color. They come in an array of colors both warm and cool tones.

Sleeveless V Neck For Wardrobe Staple

Sleeveless V neck top with statement jewelry brings attention up to face.  Add lightweight sweater in fall color (plum) for added interest
Sleeveless V neck top with statement jewelry brings attention up to face. Add lightweight sweater in fall color (plum) for added interest

Shop Beyond Proper For Sleeveless V Neck Tops

Great basic for the wardrobe, Beyond Proper Sleeveless V. This top is 25 inches long and will hit at hip area, make sure you wear it with black pants. Petites may need to hem.
Great basic for the wardrobe, Beyond Proper Sleeveless V. This top is 25 inches long and will hit at hip area, make sure you wear it with black pants. Petites may need to hem.

My new favorite top is the Sleeveless V Neck. I can wear it without a sweater or with. This one from Beyond Proper Travel Collection- Sleeveless V Neck in black is my go-to piece. I wear it to create a column of color and add accessories and a lightweight sweater to complete the look

Shop Kettlewell Colours For Sleeveless V Neck Tops

Kettlewell Colours out of the UK has a year-round supply of great colorful tops to chose from in your seasonal color palette.
Kettlewell Colours out of the UK has a year-round supply of great colorful tops to chose from in your seasonal color palette.

I have been looking for more of the Sleeveless V Neck Tops and I found this great company, Kettlewell Colours our of the UK. They carry an array of colors all year round.

Long Sleeve V Neck Tops Are Flattering To Pear-Shaped Body

Long Sleeve V Neck Top with vest and scarf make great outfit to transition into fall
Long Sleeve V Neck Top with vest and scarf make great outfit to transition into fall

Shop Long Sleeve V Neck Tops At Talbots

I love the Talbots Ribbed Pima V-neck tee's.  They come in many colors and great neutrals like black and navy
I love the Talbots Ribbed Pima V-neck tee’s. They come in many colors and great neutrals like black and navy

Another basic to have in your wardrobe for when the weather turns colder is the Long Sleeve V Neck. You can wear it alone with a scarf, statement necklace, or layered necklace But when the temperature drops, add a jacket or sweater.

Sweaters/Jackets That Flatter A Pear Shaped Body

For jackets, look for shorter “cropped style or moto”. Most blazers will hit at the widest part of your body and make you look heavier. It is all about visual balance. Look for wider labels that will draw your eye out. Moto Style Jacket

Add Moto Style Jacket For Fall Look

Cropped moto style jacket with scarf for pear-shaped body type
Cropped moto style jacket with wide lapels draws attention up and out. Add a scarf for visual interest to balance a pear-shaped body

Shop Moto Jacket For Pear-Shaped Body Type At Chicos

Cropped Moto Style Jacket from Chicos is a great addition to a wardrobe to add attention up and out. This jacket comes in regular and petite sizing and cream and black colors.
Cropped Moto Style Jacket from Chicos is a great addition to a wardrobe to add attention up and out. This jacket comes in regular and petite sizing and cream and black colors.

Moto Style Jackets In Knit Material From Kettlewell Colours

Kettlewell Colours has a great cropped Chloe Jacket that you can get in an array of colors
Kettlewell Colours has a great cropped Chloe Jacket that you can get in an array of colors

Short Lightweight Sweaters For Pear-Shaped Body

Shorter sweaters are very flattering for a pear-shaped body. You want your sweater to hit above the widest part of your body.

Cascade Wrap lightweight cardigan comes in many colors
Cascade Wrap lightweight cardigan comes in many colors

Longer sweaters For Pear-Shaped Body

Longer zebra print sweater/jacket is a fun addition of a pear-shaped body type wardrobe. Darker sleeveless top and pants create column to color to make it slimming
Longer zebra print sweater/jacket is a fun addition of a pear-shaped body type wardrobe. Darker sleeveless top and pants create column to color to make it slimming

For pear-shaped body type, you want to make sure you longer sweaters hit below the widest part of your body. Avoid sweaters with buttons as they draw attention in and down. Prints are great fun but avoid horizontal stripes, it will make you look larger. Petites have a little problem with duster style sweaters, but if you do, wear with black pants and boots/shoes to make you appear taller.

Transitioning to fall with fun printed lightweight sweater in animal print.
Transitioning to fall with fun printed lightweight sweater in animal print.

Shop Animal Print Cardigan At Nordstrom

Animal print cardigans are great addition to pear-shaped body.
Animal print cardigans are great addition to pear-shaped body.

Shop Long Lightweight Sweaters In Array Of Colors At Kettlewell Colours

Pear-shaped body types can wear color out.  Have fun and look for color sweaters in your color tone (cool or warm).  Make sure your sweater is a lighter color than your tank or top.
Pear-shaped body types can wear color out. Have fun and look for color sweaters in your color tone (cool or warm). Make sure your sweater is a lighter color than your tank or top.

Creating A Column Of Color With Shoes/Boots

For pears, especially petite pear shaped body type, creating a column of color is essential to make you look taller and thinner. Look for boots and shoes that match or are darker than your pants.

Blondo makes a waterproof boot that is great for everyday wear. The pointed toe helps visually make you look taller.
Blondo makes a waterproof boot that is great for everyday wear. The pointed toe helps visually make you look taller.

Does this mean I can’t wear tan color or animal skin boot? No, you can wear what you want and love, just remember that it will cut you off and make you look shorter. Also, we want attention to our faces, not our feet.

Adding A Scarf To Complete The Look

Add a fall color infinity scarf to add interest and help bring attention to your face
Add a fall color infinity scarf to add interest and help bring attention to your face

Scarves in the fall are so much fun. But they are a FABULOUS accessory to help balance a pear-shaped body. Bright colors and plaids bring attention up to the face.

The plaid scarf from J.Crew Factory fits the rules of a pear. The oblong shape is easy to style, keep tails long or tuck them in for infinity style look.

Make sure you chose a scarf color that is in your color wheel (cool or warm tone). Be careful of blanket scarves, they can add too much weight on top and make you look heavy. Also, make sure the tail ends of the scarf are not too long. This can bring attention to the stomach and hip area. An infinity scarf is one of the best styles for pears.

Pick a color! Great selection of colorful infinity style scarves to choose from.  Easy accessory to throw on to complete the look of an outfit.
Pick a color! Great selection of colorful infinity style scarves to choose from. Easy accessory to throw on to complete the look of an outfit.
Lighter weight scarf from jersey knit material, the Florence Infinity Scarf can be worn year-round.
Lighter weight scarf from jersey knit material, the Florence Infinity Scarf can be worn year-round.

Build A Wardrobe That Is Flattering To Your Body

Yes, I have big hips and I am overweight. But I still want to look my best. By working with my pear-shaped body type and choosing clothing that will balance and flatter my shape, I can achieve an Instagram worthy look.

Using all the body type rules to put together an easy figure flattering look for fall
Using all the body type rules to put together an easy figure flattering look for fall

About Nifty 50 Fabulous

Embracing and loving the life of an empty nester, I am a fashion and lifestyle blogger currently living in Birmingham, Al. I enjoy spending my time with friends and family including my sweet miniature schnauzers Gracie and Emma.

2 thoughts on “Pear-Shaped Body-Transitioning Into Fall

  1. Thanks for the terrific summary Regan! I am a pear shape as well. Great tips for me to keep in mind. Appreciate it. Stay safe in AL! We are having thick smoke coming up from the west coast fires. Unpleasant to be outdoors: sore throats and eyes. Praying for the firefighters and families affected.

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