5 Tips To Dress a Pear-Shaped Body

In a world taken over by comparison due to the prevalence of social media, women struggle with body positivity and embracing their figures. With that in mind, I think that a major part of being “body positive” is dressing for your body type. This means wearing clothing that shows off what makes you feel amazing.

I personally have a pear-shaped body type. A pear-shaped body is characterized as someone who is smaller on top than they are on the bottom. Their chest and waist are on the smaller side, so it is most flattering to emphasize those parts, and draw attention away from their hips and thighs, where they carry most of their weight. Powerhouses like Beyonce and J-Lo are also pear-shaped ladies!

This article isn’t to say that you can’t dress in whatever you want. But I personally felt a wave of relief when I stopped forcing myself into clothing that clearly did not flatter the parts of me I was self-conscious about and instead drew attention to the things I loved about my body. With that all being said, here are a few rules I go by when dressing my body type.

Find what works for you and stick to it

In high school, when shopping for homecoming and sweet sixteen dresses with my friends, I felt like the “fat one” because body con dresses never seemed to flatter my curves like they did on my “thinner” friends. I tried to change the way I ate, but my body type remained the same. It seemed like bodycon dresses were the only option for social events like homecoming, and it etched away at my self-esteem.

After a long period of self-doubt, I began to try on other silhouettes. With some trial and error, I eventually figured out that my curves were MADE for skater and a-line dresses. Suddenly, my smaller shoulders, waist and flatter tummy were the star of the show, and I was no longer self-conscious of the extra weight around my hips and thighs that bodycon dresses drew attention to.

Knowing what shapes work for you also creates fewer tears in the dressing room and makes shopping a breeze.

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Buckle up! 

In 2018, belts are used for more than just to keep our pants up.

This season, statement belts are in, and can be used to cinch in your waist and bring attention to your smallest part, while also adding an edge to your outfit.

Two words: French tuck

Popularized by Tan France on Neftlix’s original show Queer Eye, the French tuck is the process of tucking in the front half of your shirt into your bottoms to bring attention to your waist, blousing it, while leaving the back portion untucked. According to France, it makes you appear “taller and leaner”.

I think that it also adds a certain *~je ne sais quoi~ to any outfit, while also better flattering my shape.

Avoid oversized clothing

While some pieces of oversized clothing are definitely considered fashionable these days and are obviously comfortable, I tend to avoid these pieces because I feel that they can make me look heavier. Instead, I look for more tailored pieces in soft fabrics so I still feel cozy without creating extra bulk.

When I do wear something oversized, though, I make sure to balance the large piece out with another piece that is much tighter. This can be as simple as pairing the piece with leggings or very skinny jeans.

High-rise pants are your BFF

I’ve recently coined the phrase “if my pants don’t cover my bellybutton, I don’t want them”.

Pear-shaped ladies have smaller waists than hips, so before high-waisted pants came back into style, it was really difficult to find pants that fit me everywhere. I love how high-waisted pants hug in all the right places and bring attention to my smaller waist.

Another thing I love about this style? They make my legs appear longer and your torso shorter, which ultimately makes your body look more balanced. 

High-rise pants also look great paired with crop tops so they’re incredibly versatile to have in your closet. 


Purchase my sweater, a similar tee and similar booties here.

23 Lessons I Learned by 23

In the words of the wise Blink-182, “Nobody likes you when you’re 23.” With that being said, after having already bypassed my birthday about a month ago, I have thought back on the lessons that I have learned over the course of my twenty three years spent living.

  1. Swearing is unattractive and makes you sound less intelligent.
  2. “If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.” – S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders
  3. Eat well not just to stay thin. Eat well for the sake of your well-being and mentality. Eat well because you’re WORTH IT.
  4. But still eat a burger sometimes, because life is short.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you really need it.
  6. Your struggles definitely do not define you, whether it be your depression or lack of mathematic skills.
  7. Making to-do lists to stay organized are the keys to your success.
  8. Your parents are getting older, too. Treasure the time you have with them.
  9. “The smartest thing a woman can ever learn is to never need a man”
  10. Good things come to those who wait, whether it be the right job or a romantic relationship.
  11. As much as you may try, you cannot control others. The moment you realize this, life becomes a lot easier.
  12. Other people won’t make you happy — you need to face your insecurities head on and love yourself first.
  13. It is more worthwhile to go to bed at midnight and wake up early to work rather than working through the night. Your mind will be much sharper.
  14. Binge-eating Oreos will not fix your failed Calculus exam.
  15. You will never regret being kind to others.
  16. 5 shots of tequila doesn’t make you a better dancer.
  17. Write everything down. You’ll never remember when that meeting was otherwise.
  18. Stop comparing yourself to others — everyone moves at their own pace.
  19. Always carry Advil with you. You’ll never know when you (or someone else) will need it.
  20. Oh, and a portable charger for long days out of the house.
  21. The way you say something is sometimes much more important than what you say. Speaking in a calm voice instead of raising your voice will often go over better.
  22. Have a headache? Drink water. Bloated? Drink water. Is your skin breaking out? Drink water. Water is always the answer, basically.
  23. You were made the way you are for a reason. Stop trying to force yourself into a box.

You can purchase my top here, similar shoes here and my skirt here.

Urban maroon

Last weekend I ventured over to Smorgasburg in Brooklyn with my sister and one of my friends and was absolutely blown away. In case you are living under a rock and have not heard of Smorgasburg before, it is a food festival in the city that takes place on weekends during the summer.

Smorgasburg is located right on the water, which makes it the perfect location to have photoshoots for the delicious food that you get. You know, as you do. IMG_0899

As for clothing, I busted out my trusty Loft dress that I bought on sale a few years ago and paired it with a white Urban Outfitters bralette. Lastly, I wore a brown quilted crossbody purse that I borrowed from my sister. Please ignore the fact that my sandals definitely do not match :).

Please ignore the fact that my sandals definitely do not match this outfit haha ! I don’t have a brown pair of sandals currently but I am in the market for a pair. Suggestions?

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To add more color to this look I wore a pair of blue mirrored sunglasses that I bought from Forever 21. Love reflective lenses for summer!

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If you have not yet taken a trip to Smorgasburg, I highly recommend that you do so. It was really hot so we did not eat as much as we normally would, so I think making another trip before we head back to college will be a necessity for us.

With only a few weeks left of this summer, Smorgasburg is a must-see for foodies.

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My internship style

 

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Holy new theme and awesome camera quality, Batman! Shoutout to my new friend Leanne for taking pictures of me, whom I am interning with this summer at The Collective PR in NYC. (She has a travel blog that you should totally check out!)

Earlier this week we took a trip to Bryant Park for lunch, which is only a few blocks from our office building actually. And because it was nice out, we even had a little photo shoot because why the heck not :).

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Lunch is served!

As a summer intern who is slowly learning about how “adulting” works, you need to always be sure that you are dressed to impress. For this reason, thought I would show you guys what I typically wear for my internship, for those who have yet to have one yet.

I describe my internship style as “kindergarten teacher chic” most days, but I am working on it. I sometimes feel constricted clothing wise when flats and cropped pants are the norm in my office, so I do the best I can by wearing cute colors or accessorizing.

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This day, I wore a royal blue cardigan from J. Crew Factory and this awesome black skater dress I got from Target last week for 20 bucks, along with my pair of trusty pair of black sandals.

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I would normally pair a statement necklace with this outfit, but since the dress has a high neckline I decided against it.

I love how crisp and clean the collar of this sweater looks when paired with this dress. It also matches with the majority of the outfits that I wear, easily making it a staple in my closet for this summer.

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Because I bring my computer to work with me, I have to make sure my bag is big enough to fit it, along with my wallet, chargers, makeup bag, etc. I got this adorable Kate Spade one about a month ago, and I absolutely love it because it is so roomy and sturdy.

Also, it has a zipper which is an essential in New York City. Better safe than sorry!

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And that is it! I hope you all have a great night and weekend!

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After going out to lunch with a group of friends on Saturday, my roommate agreed to have a little photo shoot with me to truly ~capture~ the day’s weather, as well as outfit of course, for lack of a better term. What better way to celebrate the great weather than to have a little photoshoot?! It was 55 degrees out in New England, which we definitely appreciated after the balmy 10 degree weather we’d had the week before.

I wore a sweater with cutouts from PacSun that I bought a few years ago (here is a similar one from Karmaloop), along with a pair of dark jeans. I wore my Vans slip ons and a fringed printed scarf to add an unexpected twist to the outfit (find a similar one here).

The best part of my outfit, though? Not having to wear a jacket in February!

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Although dark colors can be a little bit dull at times, especially during the gloomy winter months, I tried my best to avoid looking that way by playing with textures. The cutouts in my sweater and print on my scarf add a little bit of interest to my look, while a plain black sweater and scarf would fall short in my opinion. The leather slip-ons added a modern touch to my outfit, which I am always an advocate for.

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I am the kind of girl that you will never spot in sweatpants simply because I feel my best when I look good – I will even put on a pair of jeans and do my makeup if I plan to study in my room all day, with no intentions of coming face to face with anyone other than my roommates. I feel the most productive, and myself in a pair of jeans. But that’s for another blog post :).

And that is it! I plan to post weekly, and in the coming weeks I plan to post about the importance of dressing to impress, which essentially piggybacks off of my little sweatpants spiel. Let me know in the comments what you all think!

I look forward to starting this journey with you all!