The Unabashed Feminist: The Triangular (or Pear) Shape

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Triangular (or Pear) Shape

Let me start by saying that you are a diva.. Embrace your body shape no matter what. 

Here are a few examples of the Triangular Body shape:



What is the Triangular (or Pear) shape?

The Triangular (or Pear) shape has the following characteristics:

  • Wider hips and/or thighs
  • Narrower (as compared to the hips) shoulders
  • Average to small bust
  • Small waist
  • Upper body lines are straighter
  • Lower body has curves

The body shape is just what it is. It is a result of DNA and your bone structure. There is no good or bad, beautiful or ugly. The earlier we embrace this philosophy, the better for our self-esteem.

When we wear clothes we should try to emphasize what is great about our body and camouflage what isn’t.

So what should a Triangular body shape wear?

The Triangular body shape should wear clothes that work on the elements that are described above.

Why should you wear clothes that are described as above?

The reason is that these kind of clothes tend to get you as close to the Ideal shape (We will describe the Ideal shape in detail in the coming blog) as possible.

Elements in your clothes you should look for:

  • Short-sleeved or sleeveless tops (provided you have toned arms) so that attention is towards the neck and arms
  • Shoulder pads if you are wearing a Jacket
  • Tops/dresses that emphasize your lovely waist (or band/belt just below the bust)
  • Small patterns on the dresses/tops/kameez
  • Design details such as ruffles, embroidery, sequins etc. near the neck.
  • Soft fabrics such as Crepe, Georgette or Chiffon which are pliable and cling to the body
  • Boot cut and/or straight trousers
  • Straight cut kurtas and tops

Avoid the following:

  • Loose garments
  • Hems/borders/design details at the hip
  • Tapered trousers
  • Heavy sarees (Heavy silks at weddings are inevitable in India, but if you can avoid raw silk)
  • Avoid draping the saree very low (it is unflattering to you!)
  • Short kurtis/tops that end at the hip
  • A-line tops or Anarkali tops (if they end at the hips). It is alright if they end well below the hip.
  • Leggings/Jeggings coupled with kurtis that end at the waist.
  • Large patterns
  • Block patterns
  • Patiala Salwars
As a Triangular shapes, go out and accessorize.

Wear chunky jewelry around your neck with chunky earrings. Wear a scarf (Here is a YouTube link to tie a scarf in 25 different ways:

If you can wear stilettos, go ahead wear them. If you cant, you could try kitten heels that are smaller than stilettos and much more confortable.

Remember to carry large bags (there are a ton of websites that have bags these days, even in India: for example).

It is key to be dressed up so that you can dress down. If you have an office party that you need to go to after work, you could wear a sleeveless dress, wear a jacket on top (it is ALWAYS necessary to not show too much skin at a formal occasion such as work) and you could just take off the jacket when you want to head to the party and voila, you are ready.

As the famous French playwright, Fran├žoise Sagan, once said “A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to want to take it off you.”

Go ahead diva – Dazzle!

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