Post # 1
I’m 5’8″ barefoot, pant sz 12-14, pear shape. I’m all hips and thighs with NO boobs.
A couple years ago I lost a bit over 100 lbs (gained some back since then) and my upper arms and waist still have a lot of loose skin.
I’m extremely nervous to begin dress shopping and want to figure out some flattering styles so I don’t have to try on 50 dresses at the shop.
Could someone please recommend some dresses with sleeves to hide my arms and also a style to flatter my boobless pear shape body?
Post # 3
Maybe something like this?
I don’t care for the sash but other than that, the gown looks lovely. You could use a different sash to accentuate your waist. A line gowns are very handy for covering up problematic hips and rear, the illusion sleeves add coverage without appearing heavy and a bateau neckline visually widens the shoulders to help balance out the hips. You could always use a heavily padded bra to make your bust look bigger and more balanced.
Good luck with finding your dream dress!
Post # 4
Have no fear! Other Pear shapes are here!
I went for the princess cut/ballroom gown with a natural waist dress. With a corset top, it gives this excellent illusion of me actually having boobs (in which I dont).
Congrats on the weight loss! Keep up the good fight.
The reason you may want to try princess/ballgown is that it tightens at the waist to make you look tiny, then hides all of your assets in mountains of poof.
Me in skinny dress
Me in wedding dress (also, I’m 20 lbs LIGHTER in the skinny dress… so you can really see how much the ballgown hides!)
Hope that helps! Good luck!
Post # 5
@Riesz: As @JackiBean: mentioned the ballgown might be good. In general I would stick to dresses with a corset to pull in/hide the loose tummy skin.
I would see if you could find either a dress with sleeves or a jacket that you like if oyu’re concerned over the loose arm skin. as nothing else will really cover that. If you’re more free about it then ignore sleeves and just have fun 🙂
As per the knot’s recommendations:
Disguise your hips by choosing a gown style that flares at or above your natural waist. Think baby-doll gowns with Empire waistlines. Or focus on interesting necklines and detailed bodices that draw the eye upward.
1. An elaborate one-shoulder neckline is a great way to call attention to your tiny torso.
2. A fitted bodice with a full skirt suits your shape since it helps define your waist.
3. Empire waistlines (which fall just under the bust) hug your body at its slimmest spot.
4. Billowy tiers will hide large hips in style.
Details to Dodge
- Dropped waists
- Slinky fabrics
- Mermaid skirts
Post # 6
Mannn why all the hip hate? I am an EXTREME pear shape, like to the point of it looking almost silly, but my wast-hip ratio is sexy as hell because of it and I have gotten only compliments on the rear view. I find I look slimmer in stuff that hugs me a bit. They have those shirts, “who needs big boobs when you have an ass like this”… not my style, but all I’m saying is…
Totally at least *try on* a dropped waist or mermaid, just to see if you look as sexy in it as I bet you do. Your hips are gorgeous. At least give them a chance. 😉 If you don’t like it, the ballgowns and A-lines aren’t going anywhere.
Just my hip/butt loving Public Service Announcement.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone so much for all the ideas! I love fairytale princess type gowns so maybe I will go with a super poofy skirt.
I guess I could also just buy a lace shrug type jacket to go over top any sleeveless gown anyway. I’ll definitely keep it in mind if I find a sleeveless gown I love.
@Bebealways: My fiance LOVES my hips and I usually wear tight pants to accentuate them while I’m around him but on my wedding day, with family and friends there, I just want to look beautiful and timeless. I’ve always struggle with body image and began puberty very young so I feel like I’ve fought with these hips my whole life by now. I can never find pants to properly fit, etc etc. I just don’t want to worry about all that on my wedding day 🙁
Post # 8
@Bebealways: Haha, I love the hips too. Hence all the pencil skirts, skinny dresses and other asset revealing items I own. My waist is at 33′ and hips at 44′.
But as I will be in a church, in front of family and God, the junk must be tucked away for proper occasions. Believe me, I tried on the mermaids and slim fits and damn.
Let’s just say I want a wedding, not a show. 🙂
But +1 regardless. It’s good to try them on, just in case.
Post # 9
@JackiBean: Currently my waist is 34″ and hips are 49″!! I have a lot of junk going on in the trunk. 🙁 It’s nearly impossible to find any pants to fit properly. I buy to fit my hips and thighs and then the waist is huge and I have to cinch it up a ridiculous amount with a belt.
My goal now is to lose 10 lbs and try to tone up my tummy and rear a bit before going dress shopping. I think I can use it for good motivation.
Post # 10
I don’t know too much about the dresses but I’m a pear shaped and went with an A line, it probably wasn’t the most flattering but I loved it anyways.
Don’t be embarrassed or try to hide those hips, hips are very womanly and sexy, I love having big hips always have. Gives you curves. Corsett top I do agree makes boobs look bigger if you’re looking for that. Since I don’t have much of a butt (although I like it) I did spring for some good butt pads for my dress and dont regret it a bit. Do what you have to do to feel better but remember, hips are beautiful and sexy
Post # 11
I wanted a dress with sleeves and there were barely any options…as you mentioned try on strapless too and you can always get a bolero or add sleeves later. Good luck!