Let’s talk about pears…Pear Shaped Brides, that is.

The term “pear shaped” does come from the shape of an actual pear.  If you go to the supermarket and pick up a pear, you will see that the top portion of the fruit is smaller than the bottom portion.  Relating this now to the human body, pear shaped women have larger hips, thighs and bottoms, but their upper body is usually quite petite.  A pear shape bride may be a split size, meaning that their bust, hips and possibly even waist, are all different sizes.  At times, this makes it difficult to find clothing that fits well in all the right spots.  Jeans are the best example; you have to purchase jeans that fit the largest area, your bottom half, but this leaves you with a gap at your waist. If this has happened to you, congratulations, you might be a pear!

When shopping for a gown, there are a couple things that a Pear Shaped Bride might want to keep in mind:

Choose a gown with detail around the neckline. This draws the attention to your upper body.

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If your bottom half is an area that you would rather deemphasize, choose a gown where the skirt skims over your hips and thighs.  An Aline gown is your best option.

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Ball gowns and empire cuts are also great choices.

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To balance your shape, consider a gown with wider straps, cap sleeves, bolero, or a fuller skirt. This will emphasize your small waist and create an hourglass silhouette.

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For those of you who are quite happy to flaunt your bottom assets, choose a gown that is more fitted around your hips. Just keep in mind that because you may be a different size at your hips then your bust you may need some alterations to be done. Ask your retailer about split sizing.

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With these options and tips, shopping for your pear shape should be a little easier and a lot more fun.  Which tips have you found to be the most helpful?

Stay tuned next week when we’ll be sharing another body shape and how to shop for your perfect wedding gown!

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