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Which One Are You a Pear or Hourglass Body Shape?
This post was inspired by an email from a reader questioning why an hourglass was included in the pear shape category on the ilovejeans.com body shape tool. She felt that her hourglass body shape had nothing to do with a pear shape.
Right, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of the two body shapes…
Pear (left): Your hips are slightly wider than your shoulders with a slim upper body, smaller bust, broadening to a fullness in the hip, bottom & thigh area. A high percentage of women in the UK fall into this body shape. Pears can be all sizes, petite to plus size.
Hourglass (right): Your hips & bust are about the same size with your waist being approx 10″ smaller, with a fuller bottom. The interesting factor with an hourglass is that an overweight pear can fall into this body shape ( putting weight on the top half as well on the bottom).
You can see in the hourglass & pear body shapes above the top half is the difference in pear & hourglass. Celebrity Stylist Gok Wan often mentions that clothing manufacturers and dressmakers still design to an hourglass mannequin shape. When it comes to dressing the bottom half of a pear or hourglass in jeans, the formula is the same.
As a stylist with 20 years of experience, I have dressed many women with different body shapes and the constant challenge is to get them fitted into jeans suitable for their shape.
What’s the problem?:
Finding a style that fits on the waist and on the hips is difficult. Often a pair of jeans in a bigger size is purchased to house the hips & bottom but the waist is too big and gapes at the small of the back. This is a common problem for both pear & hourglass and the only answer to getting around the gape is to follow the rules….
5 Curvy Girl Rules To Follow:
#1: Choose higher-rise jeans. The rise is the measurement from the top of the waistband down to the bottom of the crotch seam. A higher rise jean sits comfortably below or on your belly button giving full coverage on the bottom area and tucking the tummy in.
b: Find the best rise for you: With your jeans on, take a tape measure and measure from the crotch seam up to two fingers below your belly button. This will give you the measurement of the rise that will be comfortable for you. Or if you don’t have a tape measure use a ribbon or a piece of string. Take this shopping with you and use it as a ready guide when picking out jeans to try on.
#2: Always choose a style with at least 1% Lycra mix in the fabric content (check the fabric content label inside the jean to see the mix). This is important for comfort and for keeping the shape. Lycra & Elastane do the same job. I have found jeans with a Cotton, Polyester & Lycra mix keep the best shape.
#3: Choose a wider waistband. Perfect for sitting on the hip & the smallest part of your waist. Often a wider waistband sits higher on the back, so no knickers showing.
#4: Look to balance out your curves. When choosing a leg shape opt for a boot cut, wide leg, or kick flare to balance out your curves. If you’re hankering for a skinny style then keep the rise high! A Straight leg, again with a higher waist can be perfect for a smart work style
#5: Do your homework. There’s a good selection of denim brands & retailers that specifically have styles for women with curves. Check them out as they were created for you…
Denim Brands Specialising in Curvy Jeans
GOOD AMERICAN Launched in 2017 and have hit the floor running with jeans for the curviest bodies sizes 00 to 24, click here to find out about the brand.
CENIA CONVI JEANS One of the latest designers to create a jean for curvy women from her own experience of finding shopping for jeans difficult. Cenia’s collections always have curvy women in mind.
FREE PEOPLE Recently launched the ‘CRVY Collection’, 9 perfect fits + 16 denim washes, really great styles!
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