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The pear shape is like an exaggerated hourglass figure: slim on top, with wider hips, rear, and upper thighs. If you have a pear-shaped body and want to minimize your widest part, while highlighting your most slender parts, here are the things to look for:
SKIRTED BOTTOMS: There are all kinds of skirted bottoms, from sexy, ultra short fitted ones to swingier versions. The skirted bottom, as opposed to bikinis or briefs, simply covers up your widest parts. For extra coverage on the thigh, look for a clean skirted bottom. To flatter thighs, a skirted bottom should fall just below the largest part of the upper leg. In general, you can choose a fitted skirt or a loose version, whatever is more comfortable for you.
DARK BOTTOMS, PRINT ON TOP: Since you're smaller up top, use a print to draw attention upwards. Keep the bottom dark and solid, and it will perform an amazing trick of the eyes and make you look smaller overall. An embellished, ruffled, or deep neckline on top works the same way to draw the eye upward, minimizing the bottom.
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