Not every woman has the same body, so not every woman should have the same basics in her wardrobe.
Take into account your personal colors and your body type to know what colors and styles suit you best.
One thing suits all?
Typically you will read articles about wardrobe staples that are great for all women – not taking into account body shape or seasonal color. Consequently, women often buy things that are marketed for everyone – like a white button down shirt or a pencil skirt.
Maybe that looks great on you; maybe it does not. Why? You need to take your body shape into account to find your perfect wardrobe essentials.
Nevertheless there exist wardrobe staples that are awesome for all women: belted trench coats, knee length skirts in A line, knee length wrap dresses or knee length sheath dresses. Do not hesitate to buy one of these!
Always buy your wardrobe essentials in the right color
No matter what you buy, make sure you apply the effects of dark and light / bright colors. Light and bright colors augment volume and get attention to that area. Dark colors will make that part look thinner.
Dark bottom, light top
With a pear shaped body, you often want to soften your more voluptuous hips (unless you want to emphasize it just like Nicki Minaj in Bang Bang) So, buy your trousers and skirts in darker hues. Shirts and jackets should always be in a light or bright hue. For long coats, you can chose whatever hue looks great on you.
Dark top, light bottom
Inverted triangles just do the opposite as they are top heavy. They wear their jackets and tops in dark hues, their skirts and trousers in light or bright hues.
Women with an apple shaped body either use the same principles as women with inverted triangle body shapes (dark tops, light bottoms) or they use one hue for top and bottom for a long and lean look.
You choose the effect you want to create!
Women with a rectangle or hourglass body shape do not require emphasizing their top or bottoming as they are neither top nor bottom heavy.
However it helps for anybody to know the reducing influence of dark and the volumizing influence of bright and light colors – you might throw yourself visually out of balance without knowing or might use the effect to accentuate a certain part of your body.
To look thinner, wear the same hue all over. Look even longer and thinner with pumps or flats in the same hue when wearing long trousers or skirt. When your ankles are not covered by your pants or skirt, better wear high heels or flats in nude.
10 wardrobe essentials for pear shaped women
With a pear figure, one of your best assets is you slim midriff, which many women envy you for. Make sure to show off your killer waist and balance your wider lower half. These basic items should be the foundation of a great wardrobe. They are go-to pieces you can combine with most of the other items you already have or still plan to shop.
- Bright scarf that goes with most colors in your wardrobe
- Knee length A-line skirt in a dark color
- Form-fitting blouse with ruffles in a light or bright color
- Long A-line coat that ends below the widest parts of the hips
- Classic or open toe pumps in nude
- Short fitted jacket with a puffed sleeve that ends at the waist in a light or bright color
- Empire-line dress that flares out with details around the bust
- Form-fitting shirt with a boat neck and big sleeves in a light or bright color
- Boot-cut stretch jeans in dark denim (make sure they are as long as possible.. without wiping the floor)
- Figure-hugging off-the-shoulder top in a light or bright color
What light or dark colors should you wear as a pear shaped woman?
You should wear light or bright colors on your upper body and darker colors on your lower body. This does not mean you should wear black all the time. For some people black even does not suit them really well. To find out more, check out your color analysis.
Spring color types wear dress warm and bright perfectly. Summer types are best in cool medium tone colors. Autumn color types are beautiful in warm and muted colors. Winter types should opt for cool and dark colors.
Universal colors for all pear shaped women
No clue yet what your seasonal colors are? There are some hues that look good on almost everyone: for your tops, choose lighter universal hues like off white, stone and mellow rose. A great bright color for everyone is true red. This one would be great for scarves, jackets or tops. For trousers and skirts: dark colors like navy, teal, eggplant and charcoal are universal.
Conclusion: Do not buy what is meant to look good on every woman. Buy what is supposed to look good on you!