Stylist Q&A: How to Emphasize My Best Features and Downplay My Hips and Thighs

Stylist Q&A: How to Emphasize Your Best Features and Downplay Hips and Thighs pear shaped body - women

Stylist Q&A: How to Emphasize My Best Features and Downplay My Hips and Thighs

If you have a pear-shaped body, where your upper body is smaller compared to your bottom, and you desire to minimize the appearance of your hips, these tips are perfect for you! How do I create balance is the number one question our stylist get asked from women with this gorgeous feminine pear shape. We'll share our styling tips on effective strategies to draw attention to your upper body. With a few styling techniques you'll have plenty of options to create the desired balance and enhance your overall look!

Top-to-bottom colour mastery

To create a visually balanced look, you can use the power of colours. Choose prints and bold colours for the top half of your outfit, while opting for darker colours at the bottom. This colour contrast commands the eye to focus on your upper body, effectively diverting attention from your hips and thighs.

Stand out with statement tops

When it comes to tops and blouses, go big with all the details! Puff sleeves, oversized collars, ruffles, neck ties, and fun necklines are your friends. These attention-grabbing elements divert focus towards your upper body, creating a more balanced appearance.

Neckline perfection

Choosing the right neckline can make a significant difference in drawing attention to your upper body. Consider options like cowl, sweetheart, boat necklines, as well as square and strapless tops. These styles help accentuate your shoulders and bust, taking the focus away from your lower half.

Balance and style

To achieve a harmonious silhouette, opt for wide leg, flare, or bootcut jeans and pants. I know in theory it sounds counterproductive to increase the volume on your bottom half, however it adds balance to your lower body, while also elongating your legs. By creating proportion, you can downplay the emphasis on your hips and thighs.

Flattering and feminine

A-line skirts and dresses are your go-to choices for highlighting your best features. The flared shape of these garments helps to create an hourglass illusion by accentuating your waist and skimming over your hips and thighs. To further enhance your waistline, add a belt as a stylish accessory.

Wrap up your style

Another excellent option for pear-shaped bodies (or every body) is the wrap dress. This versatile piece not only highlights your waist but also flares out at the bottom, creating a graceful flow that downplays your hips. The wrap design adds an elegant touch to your overall style.

Elevate and accentuate

When it comes to footwear, wearing heels can do wonders for pear-shaped bodies. By adding height, heels help to elongate your legs and create a more balanced look. Additionally, avoid wearing tops that end at your widest point. Instead, aim for tops that fall either above or below that point to create a more flattering appearance.


At Threadicated we believe everybody is beautiful and we want you to feel confident dressing for your shape, whether that is enhancing or downplaying certain parts, make sure to let your stylist know. They are experienced professionals who can provide personalised guidance to you and assist you in finding the right and stylish pieces that you'll love for your body type.


Let your stylist help you love and embrace your gorgeous shape. Take your style quiz today, and receive five items hand-selected by your stylist to suit your unique style, shape and budget to try on in the comfort of your home. Keep what you love and send back the rest. Shipping and returns are always free!


FAQs to our stylist about dressing a pear shape

Can these styling tips be applied to other body shapes as well?

While these tips are specifically tailored for pear-shaped bodies, many of the strategies can be applied to other body shapes too. It's all about finding the right balance and proportions that work for your individual figure. Head back to our blog to see more styling tips for other shapes.

Are there any specific colours that work best for downplaying hips and thighs?

Dark colours tend to have a slimming effect, so choosing darker shades for the bottom half of your outfit can help downplay your hips and thighs. However, personal preference and style also play a significant role, so feel free to experiment with different colour combinations.

Can I still wear skirts and dresses if I have a pear-shaped body?

Absolutely! A-line skirts and dresses are particularly flattering for pear-shaped bodies, as they highlight the waist and gracefully flow over the hips and thighs. Just make sure to choose the right length for you and pair them with suitable tops to create a balanced look.

Are there any specific shoe styles that work well for pear-shaped bodies?

Wearing heels is a great way to elongate your legs and create a more balanced appearance. However, it's essential to prioritise comfort and choose heel heights that you feel confident and comfortable wearing.


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