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Hourglass Vs Pear Body Shape – What’s the Difference

Hourglass Vs Pear Body Shape – What’s the Difference

I guess you already know basic things about different types of body shapes. But let’s find out more by doing a comparison of hourglass vs pear body shape.

Pear body shape measurements

The pear shape is known as a triangle body shape. And here are the measurements that help you to guess if you are a pear or not.

You have a pear shape if your shoulders and hips are smaller than your hips. So, weight gain on your lower body.

I personally have a pear figure. I have big hips (and I always think that I have excess fat there) but the good thing is I have a narrow waist as well.

So, I am always trying to accentuate the top part of my body. It’s a general rule for all of us to make the body look flattering. 

You will learn more about this later in this article.

Pear-shaped body types are one of the most common body shapes for females. 

What do you think, which one is better – hourglass or pear body shape? 

You know what I think – I think that type of figure really doesn’t matter. It just matters for those who are willing to look for a better version of themselves.

But the key here is that if you feel happy in your body and you can confidently style outfits, figure type doesn’t really matter.

Hourglass body shape characteristics

If you haven’t seen my post on how to figure out your body shape, then check it out now. You can find the main “rules” for different body shapes there.

Hourglass body shape is one of the most wished body shapes along women.

You can make your body look like an hourglass with this shapewear that is exactly made to create an illusion of curves of an hourglass body shape. 

So, here are the hourglass body shape characteristics that you should have if you are an hourglass.

Having an hourglass body shape means that you have your waist very defined. It means, your shoulders, bust, and hips are at least 25% larger than your waist.

There are many possible measurements that you can have as an hourglass. For example, you may have a tummy but still, have an hourglass body shape. You can find out how to dress an hourglass with a big tummy, in my other post.

Types of hourglass body shape

There are three types of hourglass body shapes. They are a regular hourglass, top hourglass, and bottom hourglass.

The characteristics that I explained above are for regular hourglass body shape.

But what is a top or bottom hourglass body type?

Top hourglass body shape

The top hourglass is very similar to the regular hourglass. But still, there is a difference between them. 

You have top hourglass body shape if your waist is very defined but your bust is larger than your hips. And it is pretty noticeable.

Furthermore, it’s a common characteristic of the top hourglass shape to display shoulders that have a rounded shape, aligning with the hips.

Bottom hourglass body shape

If you are opposite of the top hourglass then have a bottom hourglass body shape. 

You have a button hourglass body shape is your bust measurements are smaller than your hips.

So, that means the bottom measurements of your body are larger than your top. 

Besides very small differences between those types of hourglass bodies, they have different shapes and so they look different.

In all of those types of hourglass body shapes, your waist is still the most defined part of your body.

So if you take a measuring tape and estimate your upper body, shoulder measurements, hip measurements, and lower half you will discover that you have an hourglass figure.

The best features of an hourglass shape are a small waist and wide hips. Remember that! 

Check the image to imagine and understand it better.

Hourglass Vs Pear Body Shape

The difference between hourglass and pear body shapes

Features

Hourglass body shapePear body shape
Defined waist+_
Bigger hips++
Bigger bust+_
May have a tummy++
Carry weight on top__
Carry weight on the bottom_+
Works well with tight clothes+_
Works well with off-shoulder styles+*+
Works well with ruffle details_+
Works well with a belt++
Works well with wrap tops++
Need to highlight higher body++
Need to highlight lower body__
Need to define a waist++

These are the main characteristics and differences between pear and hourglass body shapes. Now, let’s talk about styling tips for both of them to style your outfits the right way for your body type.

How to dress hourglass body shape

Hourglass Vs Pear Body Shape
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The hourglass body shape is easy to style. The main rule here would be to define your body shape better.

The defined waist is very beautiful on women, so make it more noticeable. Use belted outfits to do that easily.

Yes, the hourglass body shape is easy to style but there are still some do’s and don’ts you need to know about.

Do’s

  • You need to define your waist more. So, you can use bodycon dresses to show your body curves.
  • Avoid paying attention to your hips and shoulders. It will break the balance of your body and you don’t wanna do that.
  • Avoid loose clothes. Just forget them!
  • Choose oval necklines that don’t show much of your shoulders and bust. Because making them noticeable will make your higher body wider.

Other necklines that would be great for hourglass body shape are square, scoop, and v-necks that flatter your body the way it should.

  • Go for peplum tops. If that top will be with an empire waist, it would be amazing for you. Your waist will look smaller and defined with these types of tops.
  • I already mentioned wrap styles  (tops and dresses) in a comparison table. 

Here is the list of the best dresses for hourglass figure, in case you want to have some new ones.

As you can see, both of the body shapes have a plus sign because they work perfectly for any body type. You just need to find a well-fitted one.

  • Crop tops and jackets are another wardrobe essentials for an hourglass body shape. 

If you choose the right one, it will be cropped on your waist and that creates a horizontal line of it. So, it will accentuate the best part of your body.

  • I hope you already know how trending a trench coat is. And I have good news for you. 

The trench coat is a piece that is also great for hourglass body shapes. So, use it depending on the season you are reading this. 

Now, let’s go from tops to bottoms. There are many types of pants that you can wear as an hourglass.

  • Wide-leg pants are the ones. If it will be high-waisted, better for you. What it does is, it creates a more balanced silhouette of your body.
  • Another style of pants you should wear as an hourglass is flared jeans. It helps you to balance your body and still makes your waist very noticeable.

In case you are plus size woman and you have an hourglass body shape, check out my other article where you will learn some awesome stuff.

This is the article where you will learn how to dress plus size hourglass body shape.

Don’ts

  • So, if you are an hourglass you should avoid very narrow necklines. I mean, you need to find the perfect spot where you show and hide enough skin on your shoulders and bust.
  • Since you have a very defined waistline, you don’t need to put anything loose on top. Because it will hide all of your curves and also will break the balance of your body.
  • If we talk about tops, I would suggest you avoid tops with ruffles. Why? Because it shows the spot of your body that is not your asset. I mean, it will show off your shoulders and it’s not OK if they are very broad.
  • Not every style of belt is good for an hourglass body shape. You need to find a perfect size for it because a very big belt will cover your waistline and it will hide it, instead of showing and accentuating it.

If you are not sure about whether you have an hourglass or rectangle body shape, check out this article here.

Pear body shape clothing tips

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Now, let’s talk about pear body shapes and discover some clothing tips for them.

The main rule for pear body shapes would be to highlight your higher body and avoid drawing attention to your lower body.

Another main rule for you would be to wear only dark colors on your lower body. That will minimize the biggest part of your body.

And let’s get to the dos and don’ts for pear body shapes.

Do’s

  • Vertical striped bottoms are the essentials for you. They will draw attention to your higher body because of its vertical lines which get the eye to your higher body.
  • Take more attention to your higher body with off-shoulder tops.

As you can see, all of these details are for getting eye attention away from your lower body and maximizing your higher body.

  • Deep v-neck tops (dresses) will become your best friends. Because no one gonna looks at your hips while you are able to show your bust. Am I right?
  • As a pear shape, you can wear horizontal striped tops because it will visually create more space on your higher body. So, your body will be more balanced.
  • An oversized cropped jean jacket is also good for pear shapes. 

Again, it will make your body more balanced because of its size on your higher body and also it will draw the eye’s attention to your waistline and not to your hips.

The pear shape is difficult to style only on your lower body. Because as I already said, pear shapes are bigger on there. But let me share some styles of bottoms that would work for you.

  • You need to wear everything high-waist on your lower body. Doesn’t matter if it’s a skirt, jeans, or just tailored pants – they MUST be high-rise.
  • Fit and flare pants would be the perfect option for you. Because it shows a very beautiful silhouette of your body. I mean, it flatters your body type the best way possible.
  • If you are looking for a skirt, you can go for A-line skirts. It does the thing exactly like fit and flare pants. So, it is gonna work great for you as well.
  • Pleated skirts will be another good option for you. They are on-trend and they look so cute and stylish, so yeah, you can wear them too.
  • Wide leg pants will make you look more balanced, so you should confidently wear them. As a pear shape, I would suggest you do everything possible on your higher body. Play with prints, cuts, colors … and every other detail on your tops.

Try to get more attention there.

Don’ts

Forget skinny jeans. They are not just for you. There is only one exception. If you find a pair of jeans with stretchy material, then it’s probably OK. But still, if you are a pear shape let’s avoid wearing anything tight on the bottom.

If you wonder what type of pants should you wear as a pear body-shaped woman, you can check out my post. I have a perfect, easy-to-follow guide for you. Don’t wear pencil skirts. They don’t flatter your body the way you want. You need something more shaped with more space on it.

Hourglass body shape celebrities

Hourglass body shape celebrities

Marilyn Monroe had an extreme hourglass shape which means she had a very narrow waist.

Hourglass body shape celebrities

Jennifer Lopez

Hourglass body shape celebrities

Kate Winslet

Hourglass body shape celebrities

Beyonce

Hourglass body shape celebrities

America Ferrera

Hourglass body shape celebrities

Sofia Vergara

Hourglass body shape celebrities

Scarlett Johansson

Hourglass body shape celebrities

Nicki Minaj

Hourglass body shape celebrities

Salma Hayek

Hourglass body shape celebrities

Kim Kardashian

Celebrities with pear body shape

Rihanna

Hourglass body shape celebrities

Shakira

Hourglass body shape celebrities

Mariah Carey

Hourglass body shape celebrities

Kristin Davis

Hourglass body shape celebrities

Keira Knightly

Hourglass body shape celebrities

Paris Hilton

If you want to find celebrities with inverted triangle body shapes you can also check out my post about the difference between hourglass and inverted triangle body shapes.

Do you wonder which body shape is better to have? It’s a pear shape for me.

Why? Because it’s easier to style outfits because it seems the most natural body type for women, and because it is the most common body shape for women.

Hope you liked my answer. But in fact, it’s just my opinion.

Another way my actual opinion is that everybody is beautiful with its own ups or downsides. The most important thing is to love yourself and feel always confident in your own body, that’s all.

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Monday 5th of February 2024

How do you dress a bottom hourglass? How does it differ from a regular hourglass?

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Monday 5th of February 2024

I will publish another article about this soon. It's hard to explain in comments. Have an eye for updates.