Post # 1
For you big girls out there who are true pears….What dress style did you go with?
I’m wondering if I’ll have to accentuate my bust with smoke and mirrors and then have the dress fall away from my body…I’m just afraid I’ll look like a huge triangle.
My bust is a 38B but my hips are a size 20.
Post # 3
My best answer is to go out on a Dress Up shopping trip and see what works best for you. I think looking at a dress on paper vs trying one on will totally give you a different vision.
Post # 4
I got a drop waist dress that is pretty form fitting. I am a 44b and have size 26/28 hips it sucks. I had to buy my dress in a size 30 and am having the bust and waist altered.
Post # 5
I agree with Cameronwedding… just go and try on a bunch of dresses! I think you’ll be surprised about what all you could wear 🙂 If you want a more fitted dress to show off your curves you should go for it! a fit and flare will show off your curves without accentuating the hips too much and if you’re worried about your bust being smaller, you can always have cups sewn in to “enhance” that area lol 😉
but if you wanted to “camouflage” your hips more (totally understand the triangle thing) you could go for a more a-line shape or “ball gown”.. accentuate your smaller waist and hide the hips..
I think any dress that “defines” the waist is more flattering on everyone, especially “pears”
Good luck! and dont get discouraged.. I know alot of the dresses I tried on wouldnt even fit over my hips… it can get you down, especially since the largest size most places have is a 14.. youll find your perfect dress! cant wait to see the pictures! 🙂
Post # 6
I am truly a pear or bell shape. I am a 18/20 up top, size B cup, and I am a 26 on the bottom. I’m about 5’9” in height. I tried on all of the usual styles at David’s Bridal, and I also tried on about 8-9 dresses at Alfred Angelo’s.
What I found was that the A-line, lace-up back dresses fit me the best. I ended up choosing a size 28 dress to fit my bottom, peared shape, but because of the lace-up back, it held the girls in nicely at the top. I suggest getting a shaping, strapless bra to hold up the girls and give more padding to that area as well.
I purchases dress 2008W at Alfred Angelo. The service at DB was deplorable.
I hope this helps.
Also, for a boost of confidence, I was really surprised at how well this looked on me. As I looked down the line of ladies that were lined up at the mirrors trying on dresses with me, I felt like I actually “owned” the dress because of the size of my figure. Many of the smaller ladies were swimming in their dresses, with only their heads popping out at the top.
Good luck to you! 🙂
Post # 7
I have a 38A bust with 39ish hips, though people tell me I’m bottom heavy, probably because my boobs are so small compared to my actual ribcage. I went ball gown. You pop in some breast enhancing items like gel inserts and it gives you a much more hourglass appearance while hiding your bottom half in a fuller skirt. A-line would work with the same concept. But if I had my heart set on mermaid etc, I’d go with that and say “to heck with what other people say!” It’s your dress!
Post # 8
@SandyDollHair: I, too, am a true pear. I went with a ballgown. It has pleats around the bust area and a decorative looking belt under the bust to draw the eye up. The dress hides my huge hips. I felt so good in the dress, I knew it was the one! Have faith, you will find a dress that will compliment your figure!!
Post # 9
My friend is a true pear and she got a nice Maggie Sottero dress with a sweetheart neckline and ruching on the bodice so it “wrapped” her bust nicely. The skirt was an A-line that started just above the natural waist. Not quite empire waist – just high at the natural waist. The ruching on her bodice, plus the flare of her skirt (with 3-inch heels), made her lean and long.
These aren’t her dresses, but the cut is similar:
Post # 10
I’m fairly pear-shaped, but Victoria’s Secret’s Miraculous Bra helps to even the score a little bit. 🙂
You’re going to be fine, though. As previous posters have said, A-line dresses look great on us. And anything that really defines and minimizes the waist will play up that torso curvature rather than the hips. Finally, I found that dresses with beading on the bust will draw the eye there, and further define a smaller bust. The pic below is me in the sample size of the dress I eventually bought — it does everything I just named above. 🙂
Post # 12
@Ginger123: I love both these dresses and it would probably be easy to make them a full tea length.
Post # 13
@village_skeptic: You look so “hour-glassy” here. Lovely!
Post # 14
I’m not big, but my bust is significantly smaller than my giant hips & thighs lol. I’m wearing a ballgown type dress, and I bought a strapless victorias secret miraculous bra (which ups me two cup sizes).
It’s a corsette back, so right now the top fits fine without the miraculous bra, but if I lose weight (which means I’ll loose a lot of boob) I have the big pushup bra to save me.