Best Wedding Dresses for Pear Shaped Brides – A Guide

pear-shaped bride with groom

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When it comes to finding the right wedding dress for your body shape, things can get tricky. Everybody is unique and one style does not fit everyone the same way. This is why it can be really helpful to know what your body shape is and how to find the right gown to show off your best features to make you the highlight of your special day. 

In this article, we will be focussing on dress silhouettes and styles to suit brides with a pear shaped body type.

What is a pear-shaped body?

The pear shape is the most common figure proportion for women. As a pear, you share the same body shape with classic celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Shakira.

If you’re pear shaped, this means that the widest part of your body is below your waist and around your hips. Your frame is triangular, which means that your hips and thighs tend to be wider than your bust and shoulders, and your waist is well defined.

Your best asset is your waist so don’t be afraid to show it off along with those gorgeous curves.  You are also most likely to have arms and shoulders which are slim and well in proportion with the rest of your body. The goal for dressing a pear-shaped body is to balance out the overall silhouette, so you would want a dress that accentuates your waist and the top half of your body. Elongating the figure gives a less bottom-heavy look.

The key to finding the right wedding gown for you is to choose one that enhances and adds volume to the upper half of your body, emphasizing the waist and de-emphasizing the lower body in order to create an hourglass appearance to balance out your silhouette.

Best Wedding Dresses for Pear Shaped Ladies

Lucky for you, the pear body shape has quite a variety of options when it comes to selecting a wedding dress.

Ball Gowns

Ball wedding gown for pear shape body type

Ball gown wedding dress by Mila Bridal. Check price here.

Ball gowns are ideal for pear-shaped brides because they are cinched at the natural waist (so that they highlight your already well defined one) and the skirt flares out over the hips, drawing attention away from them and towards your waist and bodice. More voluminous detail on the bodice would catch everyone’s focus which is exactly what you need. If you’re busty, the ball gown will beautifully balance your figure out, giving you a gorgeous princess-like look.

Empire Waist Wedding Dresses

Bride wearing empire waist wedding gown

Vintage empire waist wedding gown by Vivian Elise Vintage. See it here.

These gowns have a raised waistline that sits just below the bust and flows down to the hem. They are a perfect silhouette for pear shaped brides because they conceal the problem areas and draw attention to the neckline, creating definition. Adding embellishments to the bodice of this dress will create the illusion of a fuller bust which works well for pears who are less busty.

A-Line Dresses

a-line wedding gown

A-line wedding gown by La Sirena Dresses. See it here.

A-line dresses sit well on all body types and suit perfectly for pears. These dresses are figure hugging on the top and then the skirt billows out on the bottom. If you’re wearing an A-line dress for your wedding, you can always choose one with a natural waistline, but try going for one that has a slightly high waist band which will define your waist further and give you an elegant look. Dresses with ruching looks perfect on pears so if you’re up for it, you could go for an A-line gown with a gorgeous ruched skirt.

Tea-Length Dresses

Bride wearing tea-length wedding dress

Tea-length wedding dress by Coco Dollface Boutique. See it here.

Tea-length dresses are modified versions of A-line dresses since they share the same silhouette. However, they’re shorter than A-lines and have a more casual and comfortable vibe. If you’re planning on having a small intimate wedding, a tea-length may be a good choice for you. If not, a full-length dress would better suit the occasion.

Bridal Pantsuits

Bride wearing wedding pantsuit

Bridal pantsuit by Be Twins. See it here.

Ever considered wearing a pantsuit for your wedding? Although it seems quite unorthodox, pantsuits are quite on-trend nowadays and if you’re a modern, bold pear bride wanting to make a statement on her big day then this could be the perfect wedding attire for you. Pantsuits flatter the hips perfectly and balance out a pear-shaped body brilliantly while at the same time giving you a sleek and chic look.

Two Piece Wedding Dresses (Bridal Separates)

Bride wearing bridal separates

Bridal separates by Sweet Caroline Styles. See it here.

For any pear-shaped bride looking to break tradition, the two-piece wedding dress is an excellent choice. These dresses will emphasize your slim waist and flatter your figure beautifully. You can still pull off an elegant look wearing a two-piece wedding dress which is fun, flirty and shows off your figure all at the same time.

Best Necklines for Pear Shaped Body Type

Now that we’ve talked about the best dress silhouettes and styles for pear shaped brides, let’s have a look at the best necklines you can match with these dresses, bring balance to your figure and complete your look.

Open necklines work best for pears because they work to draw the eye towards your upper body. Pears have small shoulders and full hips so wide necklines look good on them because it gives the illusion of balance with the hips.

You could opt for a wide or plunging V neckline which is perfect for pears because it gives the body an elongated look and takes away the attention from the hips.

Girl wearing v-neck wedding dress

V-neck wedding dress by Love Story UA. See it here.

If V necks are not your thing, why not try a wedding dress with a cowl neck instead? The cowl neckline is very much in fashion currently and is a wider neckline that shows off your collarbones, drawing attention to the neck and face area which is the goal here.

Cowl neckline wedding dress

Cowl neckline wedding dress by Matchimony. See it here.

Square or scoop necklines would also work well on your pear-shaped figure, making the top half look wider and taking away all the attention from the hips.  

If you feel like that these are too modest for you and you’d like to show off your bust a bit more, you can try a sweetheart neckline which is enhances your bust, making it look fuller.

Bride wearing sweetheart neckline wedding dress

Sweetheart neckline wedding dress by Wedding Beautiful Day. See it here.

One shoulder necklines or asymmetrical necklines can also work wonders for bringing balance to a pear-shaped body. If you’re going for a dramatic, unusual look then you can’t go wrong with this neckline. It gives a wider effect around the top half of the body and add more volume to the bust area, making it ideal for pears.

Bride wearing one shoulder wedding dress

One-shoulder neckline by Yasmin Varsano. See it here.

Dress Silhouettes to Avoid

All the above-mentioned dress styles are perfect for pears because they all flatter a pear figure, de-emphasizing the problem areas and accentuating the assets.

It’s best to avoid dresses that are figure hugging, like mermaid and trumpet dresses, because they will highlight the problem areas and make your upper half look smaller, giving an unbalanced look to the entire outfit.

Sheath gowns are also not the best idea because they too, cling to the figure and can highlight the flaws that you would rather conceal instead. Avoid dress styles that cut off around the lower tummy area since those can emphasize the hips further and avoid ones that cling to the bottom half of the body, which cn give a disproportionate look.  

Drop-waist dresses are a big NO since they place strong emphasis on the hips. However, if you prefer to have a figure-hugging dress, choose one that has strong detailing along the neckline to draw attention away from the hips.

Wrapping up…

Overall, the most important thing is for you is to be comfortable on your big day and look your best, no matter what style you choose. Choose wisely and don’t go for any dress or style that you are not completely happy with so that you won’t have any regrets later. We hope our tips helped, and good luck on your hunt for ‘the one’!