Five dresses for pear shapes

21:44, Feb 13 2013
Pear shaped
David Lawrence, $250: A-line sixties-inspired dresses are really flattering on pear shapes. The full skirt skims over any problem areas, and the nipped waist draws the eye upwards towards your shoulders.
Pear shaped, $90: Overhanging sleeves will add width to your shoulders and balance out your silhouette.
Pear shaped
Zimmermann, $620: Look for detailing or prints around the shoulders and neckline to draw the eye upwards.
Pear shaped
Staxs, $139: Strapless styles will show off your slim upper body, while the floaty skirt will drape gently over your thighs
Pear shaped $110: Wrap styles draw in and show off the waist, while the deep V neck opens up the chest and flatters the décolletage. A contrasting belt is also fantastic for nipping in and enhancing the waist.

What's a pear?

Stand in your knickers and look in the mirror: are your hips wider than your shoulders? Do you carry your weight through your hips and thighs? Then you're a pear.

It's one of the most common body shapes, and Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Sandra Bullock are all in fact classified as pears. Here are five great dresses to suit the shape.