Inverted Triangle vs. Pear Shape Fashion Struggles

Selecting the right clothes for your body type can be extremely overwhelming, especially for pear shape and inverted triangle women. As I anticipated before, I belong to the pear shape category and for a small bust, wide hip, big butt type of woman, shopping for pants and dresses are my biggest struggles. I’m pretty sure a number of you pear shaped women struggle with buying clothes to accommodate your hips and butt, while several of you inverted triangle shaped women may struggle with buying clothes to define your waist and accommodate your broad shoulders.

In regards to these struggles, these two ladies shared with me their BIGGEST challenge they face when shopping for their body type.


“My challenge with wearing sheath dresses is that I often have to go up a size to accommodate my shoulders and bust, but then the dress fits very loose around my hips and behind.“ -Brittany Jefferson (Inverted Triangle)

Toya Robinson

“It has always been a struggle for me to find the right pair of bottoms to wear. I have to purchase a larger size to accommodate my hips and buttocks with having a small waist.” -Toya Robinson (Pear shape)

Ladies, let me share some style tips on how to create flattering and balanced proportions for your body shape.


You are an upside down triangle. You are built with broad shoulders, narrow hips and a straight waist. Your aim is to draw attention to the bottom portion of your body and minimize your upper body.

Style tips on how to balance your silhouette and what to AVOID:

Shirts: Look for tops that won’t make your upper body appear big.

  • Scoop neckline-tops
  • Strapless tops
  • Wide strap tops
  • Low V-Neck
  • Wrap tops
  • Cowl tops (tops that falls in folds at the front)

Shirts to Avoid:

  • Boat neck tops (wide neckline that run horizontally, front and back, almost to the shoulder points, across the collarbone).
  • Embellished tops
  • Tops with shoulder pads
  • Spaghetti-strap tops
  • Wide collar shirts
  • Puffy sleeve tops
  • Flutter sleeve tops (butterfly tops)
  • Halter tops

Dresses and Skirts: Look for anything that will make your hips and thighs look full and round or anything with details that add volume such as prints and textures.

  • Strapless dresses
  • Wide strap dresses
  • A-Line dresses (Fitted at top, flare at bottom)
  • Wrap style dresses
  • Halter dresses with thick straps


  • A-line skirts
  • Peplum skirts
  • Pleated skirts
  • Tulip skirts
  • Bubble skirts
  • High waist puffy skirts
  • Pencil skirts

Dresses and Skirts to Avoid:

  • Tapered pencil skirts
  • Off the shoulder dresses
  • Puff sleeve dresses

Jeans and Pants: Look for pants that will balance out your shoulders. Go for any style that will accentuate your hips and bottom such as pockets, embellishments, patterns and bold prints.

  • Boot cut jeans/pants
  • Flare leg jeans/pants
  • Wide leg jeans/pants
  • Trouser pants
  • Straight leg jeans
  • Cargo pants

Jeans and Pants to Avoid:

  • Tapered jeans
  • Fitted pants


You are a pear. You are slim at the top portion of your body and your hips and butt are wider than your shoulders. Your aim is to enhance and add volume to your upper body.

Style tips on how to balance your silhouette and what to AVOID:

Tops: Look for tops with fun colors, prints, or details that will bring more attention to your upper body.

  • Shirts that are tight around the waist to highlight an hourglass figure.
  • Button down shirts
  • Collar shirts
  • Knit tops
  • Tees
  • Big sleeve blouses
  • U-neck tops
  • Peplum tops
  • Turtle necks
  • Embellishments around the bust and shoulders

Tops to Avoid:

  • Loose Baggy tops
  • Drop-waist tops (features a waist line below the natural waist at the mid hip)
  • Tops that end at your butt

Dresses and skirts: Look for embellishments, ruffles, patterns, or fun prints to add more volume to your upper body.

  • A-Line dresses (fit and flare style)
  • Lightly fitted sheath dresses (fit close to the body to elongate shape)
  • Empire cut tunic dresses ( has a fitted bodice ending below the bust, giving a high waist appearance)
  • Trapeze dresses (looks like a baby doll dress or a maternity dress)
  • Halter neck dresses
  • Off the shoulder dresses

Skirts: Look for skirts that are knee or ankle length

  • Trumpet skirts (shaped like a mermaid)
  • A-Line Skirts
  • High waist pencil skirts

Dresses and Skirts to Avoid:

  • Short and tight skirts
  • Skirts with pleats
  • Tunic dresses (a long loose fitting shirt)

Jeans and Pants: Look for pants that will showcase the size of your hips and butt

  • Skinny jeans
  • Flare pants
  • Bootcut jeans
  • Curvy fit jeans
  • Straight leg jeans/pants
  • Straight leg ankle pants
  • Traditional trouser pants
  • Cargo pants

Jeans and Pants to Avoid:

  • Jeans with bold pocket detail at the back of the jeans or back buttons
  • Cropped trouser pants
  • Capri pants
  • Culottes- (knee length shorts, cut full to resemble a skirt)

Please feel free to share your own tips, thoughts, struggles, or concerns. Comment below if you have any questions on how to wear particular looks and trends.

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