(Closed) Help!! Dress for pear shape!!

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
855 posts
Busy bee

those measurements sound like you’re an hourglass!

how many dresses did you try on at first? because your best bet is to try on as many as you can and just find ‘the one’ that way.

i’m a pear/hourglass and i was told that tight-fitting dresses just wouldn’t work on me…

they were wrong.

in fact, my shape actually emphasised the dress and make is so much prettier than it did on the models and ‘straight up and down’ girls.

i have, however, gone with something a bit more A-line.

it doesn’t matter what the dresses look like in pics, or if they are supposed to look good or not. just go and try on a million dresses and see for yourself what looks good and what doesn’t.

good luck! πŸ™‚

Post # 4
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sorry I am terrible with measurements. What clothing size top do you wear and what size bottom do you wear? Maybe I could better suggest some silhouettes if I knew that? I’m a pear too and found mermaid, a-lines and ball gowns to be the most flattering. I can show you a few I tried on if you like? Also stay away from column/sheath and empire waisted dresses. They are not your friend!

Post # 5
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

Do you want to flaunt or minimize your figure? You’re going to read a lot of BS from wedding articles like “pears shouldn’t wear fit and flares.” BUT it’s all about your vision for your look.  I’m pear-shaped, as well, and I love showing off my luscious bum in a fitted gown! 

Flaunt (fit and flare and sheath styles):

Minimize (ball gown/a-line) be cautious with ball gowns though; you don’t want the dress to overwhelm you:

Compromise (slim a-line/relaxed column):

Beware empire a-line gowns (on pears they tend to make you look pregnant/super wide if they aren’t done right). You can wear this look, you just have to be very  discerning:


The silhouette I would also highly suggest you stay away from is a modified a-line/dropped waist gown that stops at the widest part of your hips (not even a good look for this model):

BUT there are modified a-lines that look FABULOUS when done right (love the Dabra and this Romona Keveza):

*I’m a highly visual person, so I almost always try to accompany my explanations with photos. πŸ™‚

Happy shopping!

Post # 6
220 posts
Helper bee

I reccomend trying on dresses that are fitted through to the top of your hips then just fall to the floor from there (slightly a-line, but not poofy). I am campletely biased with this dress as I am head over heels for it, but if you get the chance try on Emma by Maggie Sottero. I’m a bit of a pear myself (more of a pear than you going by measurements!) and they way it falls off my hips at least is absolutely gorgeous! Because it’s a corset back too you can emphasise your tiny waist bu pulling it tight πŸ™‚ 

Post # 7
506 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@mrsalexander:  I think you have an hourglass figure more. I have a true pear shape bust 34, waist 29, butt 37, 5’3, planning to wear 2 inches heal – 5’5.

I found that fiited A-line, and small trumpet flatter me the most, and must have ruching or corset (corset is much better for me because I have a large waist for my body). I love to wear a mermaid, but I haven’t tried on any mermaid dresses that flatter me, all of them (the one I tried – they all very poofy) make me look shorter. I posted a lot of pictures of me when trying on dresses, so you can have a look in my previous posts. 

Good Luck. 



Post # 9
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

@mrsalexander:  You’re welcome. πŸ™‚

As for Old Hollywood looks, I would suggest dropped-waisted, body-skimming, art deco-style gowns (since Old Hollywood gowns tend to use unforgiving silk, charmeuse, and satin fabrics):

As for glamorous dress designers/brands, I would highly suggest:

  • Etsy (has great RTW and custom-couture options)

  • Browse dresses by style rather than designer/brand

  • Search for Bees w/similar themes/dress styles

The good thing is that you can still have a more “bridal” wedding dress if you really want (without sacrificing the glamour): 


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