Pear body types, check out a classic look to wear to work that will take your professional wardrobe up a notch in the personal style department:
sources: 1 Reiss Smyth Knitted Flare Dress (www.reiss.com), 2 FOREVER 21 Classic Faux Suede Pumps (www.forever21.com), 3 Rebecca Minkoff Mahogany Mini Lusciuous Studded Hobo (www.forzieri.com), 4 Oscar de la Renta Lace Gold Chain Bracelet (www.boutique1.com)
The top: Pear body types can usually go big when it comes to your neckline, shoulder details, all of it, but this dress keeps it simple. There's some subtle texture going on, and you can definitely amp things up a bit with the addition of a statement necklace or colorful scarf. That said, just because you can take more risks up top, doesn't mean you always have to.
The bottom: Pleats for a Pear body type? Seriously? Seriously. The dark navy color is going to keep things streamlined. The pleating holds off a bit past the waist until you get to where your thighs are. This fit and flare action works for Pears mainly because you're taking the eye away from your fullest part and extending it out a bit. When the fabric falls away from your lower half, you're balancing out your proportions. Texture, color, print, and amount of volume all come into play here so keep an eye to make sure when you DO go with a pleat that flares slightly, it's a simple one.
The rest: As previously mentioned, you can definitely add a statement necklace or colorful printed scarf to the top of this look. The neutral bag in a butterscotch is your go-to brown bag for the season. Every woman needs this in her closet so we advise you invest a little more since you'll ben wearing this little accessory all over the place. Finally, the heel. The grey works well back to the navy and brown. It's a little unexpected since most would pair another brown option with the look. Why not mix it up a bit? Keep the pump for work, or go with a heeled boot when the temps drop.
The ONE thing you need to know: this looks works for the Pear body types out there for a few reasons, but one way you can easily slip up would be to opt for a flat shoe instead of one with a heel. Just don't do it. You can lower the heel height, go for a stacked heel pump (a bit more comfortable when it comes to a more even distribution of weight), or even a wedge heel would work depending upon the season. The bottom line: Heels are going to be a must when working with the length of, and pleating on, that dress.
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