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Monday, August 5, 2013

{Tips}: How to wear shorts for pear shaped women

Tips on Wearing Shorts for pear shaped 

Hello everyone! Since shorts are one of the biggest trends of this Summer 2013, I thought it would be fun to share with all of you my top 5 tips on how to wear shorts for women who have a pear shaped body like me. For those of you who don't know, having a pear shaped body means that your hips are the widest part of your body (you know, like the shape of a pear).

En Español-Hola a todos! Dado que los pantalones cortos son una de las mayores tendencias de este verano 2013, pensé que sería divertido compartir con todos ustedes mi top 5 consejos sobre cómo usarlos para las mujeres que tienen un cuerpo en forma de pera, como yo. Para aquellos de ustedes que no saben, tener un cuerpo en forma de pera significa que las caderas son la parte más ancha de su cuerpo (ya saben, como la forma de una pera).

How to wear shorts

I consider myself a woman with a pear shaped body and that has always made me believe that I can't pull off shorts without looking bigger than I am. But you know what? I was totally wrong! Of course I am no expert, but hopefully you will all find these tips on how to wear shorts for pear shaped women helpful :)

Siempre me he considerado una mujer con un cuerpo en forma de pera y por eso siempre pensaba que no podía usar shorts. Pero saben qué? Yo estaba totalmente equivocada! No soy una experta en el tema, pero espero que todos ustedes encontrarán útil estos consejos sobre cómo usar pantalones cortos para las mujeres en forma de pera :)

How to Wear Shorts

1. Highlight the narrowest part of your body:
One great option for us pear shaped women is to pick shorts that are high waisted! That way the shorts will highlight the narrowest part of your body and give you that hourglass shape. Feel free to also throw in a belt over the shorts to further accentuate your smaller waist. Here is an example:


1. Resalta la parte más estrecha de tu cuerpo:
Una buena opción para nosotras las mujeres en forma de pera es escoger shorts que son a la cintura! De esta forma los shorts resaltarán la parte más estrecha de tu cuerpo y les dará esa forma de reloj de arena. También pueden agregar hasta un cinturón para acentuar aún más su cintura estrecha. Aquí está un ejemplo:

How to Wear Shorts 

2. Pick shorts that have structure:
Another tip is to pick shorts that have structure, meaning that they are in thick fabrics that hold their shape on their own. The idea is to pick a fabric that doesn't cling to your body so that the shorts will disguise any undesired areas. Something like these:


2. Elige shorts que tienen estructura:
Otro consejo es escoger pantalones cortos que tienen estructura; es decir, que están hechas de telas gruesas que mantienen su forma por si solas. La idea es elegir una tela que no se aferra a su cuerpo para que los shorts escondan las caderas grandes. Algo como esto:

 How to wear shorts 

3. Longer shorts are generally more flattering:
I don't know about you, but I'm one of those women whose thighs are so big that they actually touch each other when I walk. It is very very important that you pick shorts that are not too short because they will just highlight the larger thighs. The idea is to pick shorts that are just long enough to cover the widest part of your hips and only shows the thinest part of your legs. I, for example, usually don't wear shorts any shorter than these:


3. Shorts más largos son generalmente más halagadores:
Yo no sé ustedes, pero yo soy una de esas mujeres cuyos muslos son tan grandes que se tocan entre sí cuando camino. Es muy, muy importante que escojan shorts que no son demasiado cortos, ya que esos solo resaltan aún más los muslos grandes. La idea es escoger shorts que son lo suficientemente largos para cubrir la parte más ancha de sus caderas, y así sólo se muestra la parte más delgada de sus piernas. Yo, por lo general, no me pongo shorts más cortos que los siguientes:

How to Wear Shorts

4. Heels definitely help:
If you are pear shaped and want to wear shorts, don't be afraid to add some heels to the mix! I guarantee you that it will make you look taller and thinner. I especially recommend wearing nude colored heels because they will make your legs look so much longer.


4. Tacones altos sin duda ayudan:
Si tienes cuerpo en forma de pera y quieres usar pantalones cortos, no tengas miedo de agregar unos tacones a la mezcla! Te garantizo que te hará parecer más alta y más delgada. Recomiendo especialmente el uso de tacones color nude, ya que harán que tus piernas se vean mucho más largas.

How to Wear Shorts 

5. The tailor is your best friend:
In my experience, tailoring is key when it comes to shorts, especially if you want to wear high waisted shorts. I order all of my shorts in size large so that they can fit the widest part of my hips; and then I take them to a tailor to cinch them in on the waist. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but I guarantee you that the shorts will look much more flattering!


5. Un sastre es esencial:
En mi experiencia, un sastre es la clave cuando se trata de shorts, especialmente si quieren usar shorts a la cintura. Yo suelo comprar todos mis shorts una talla más grande de lo que soy para que me queden bien en las caderas, y luego los llevo a un sastre para ceñir en la cintura. Sé que suena como un montón de trabajo, pero te garantizo que los shorts te quedarán mucho mejor!

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So there you have it everyone, those are my top 5 tips on how to wear shorts for pear shaped women. If you follow these tips, there is no reason to be afraid to try the shorts trend yourself this Summer. For more tips on how to dress pear shaped bodies, see THIS other article I wrote a while back!

What are your tips on how to wear shorts? I would love to hear them!


Así finalizo lo que son mis 5 mejores consejos sobre cómo usar shorts para las mujeres en forma de pera. Si siguen estos consejos, no hay razón para tener miedo de probar esta tendencia de shorts para el verano. Para obtener más consejos sobre cómo vestir cuerpos en forma de pera, consulte este otro artículo que escribí hace un tiempo!

¿Cuáles son sus consejos sobre cómo usar pantalones cortos? Me encantaría escucharlos!

How to Wear Shorts



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44 comments

  1. The shorts you wear are so stylish and flattering! ♥ I'm a pear shape too and worry about wearing shorts, but I think I'll be more confident now.

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  2. I'm so glad to hear that you are now more willing to give shorts a try!! I'm sure you would look fantastic in them. Thank you so much for stopping by :)

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  3. Thanks for the tips! I have more of an hourglass shape but I deal with the same issue - wider hips. I often find that I have to get a larger size too to compensate for my hips and thighs and then get them tailored. Except for the shorts at LOFT. Those fit me so well- and are the perfect length! :)
    Though I am working on toning my hips, thighs and abs- but I think I will always have wider hips and a smaller waist because of my shape.

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  4. Such lovely pictures; you look great in shorts, Marie, I love them on you! Thanks for all the tips, I've also got wider hips and haven't really dared to wear shorts before... Perhaps I should give it a try sometime! :)

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  5. So nice my darling. :) You are beautiful! :)

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  6. Wow! What an awesome post! Your tips are super useful and they obviously work because you look great in all your photos with shorts!

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  7. Thank you so much Becky, you are so sweet!

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  8. Thank you Jody!!! I'm sure you would look fantastic in shorts, just need to pick the right ones. Thank you for always being so supportive :)

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  9. Thank you Heidi!!! I have never tried the shorts at the loft, but now I really want to!! I think there really isn't anything wrong about our pear shapes with the larger hips and thighs as long as we know how to dress for our bodies. Dont you think? :)

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  10. you wear shorts so well, and make them look so much more polished with your cute blazers and heels!

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  11. Laleh MyownfairytaleAugust 6, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Wow you look amazing with the shorts!

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  12. Great tips ! you wear shorts so well Marie.

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  13. Adrienne SchumannAugust 7, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    You pull off shorts perfectly! I admit I steer clear of shorts due to my thunder, kissing thighs. I usually go for the structure kind of shorts. But I love the idea of the high waist, belted! May have to try that next time! I love every one of these outfits, btw!

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  14. Thank you so so much Adrienne!!! hahahahaha thunder kissing thighs, that totally made me laugh out loud in my office. Hahahaha, I love your sense of humor!

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  15. Thank you Lorena!! Glad to hear you think so!

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  16. Thank you Lyddie!!! I usually try to dress my shorts up most of the time :)

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  17. wowzers! such a great assortment of outfits and you look absolutely beautiful in them all!

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  18. Aaaww thanks Mark!! I really appreciate that!

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  19. Thank you for the tips, your articles have helped me so much! May I ask how tall you are? We have identical proportions, I'm 183 cm though :)

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  25. I would say stick with loose shorts, not tight shorts. Big pleats I think help. For me I make sure they go beyond the "bump" I have at the sides of my thighs. Even being a skinny pear I cannot get rid of it so I must hide.

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  26. Thankyou! Such great advice, it's so hard to find anything flattering that I don't feel self-conscious in!

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  27. Hi there Mira!! I'm so glad to hear you like these tips!!! I am 1.72 meters tall. Let me know if you need any other info!

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  28. Thanks for the good advice!! I'l keep that in mind next time!

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  29. I totally get you Olivia, I always feel the same way. But with time and practice I've learned to identify which type of shorts would look good on my body shape and which ones wont. So don't be afraid to give them a try!

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  30. Cool....now to find some shorts that match these steps....

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  31. This helped me a lot. I'm a 17 year old girl who has been struggling with this for years and it's not much help when my mother is trying to just make me wear jeans for the rest of the summer because I refuse to wear capri pants. (I'm really stubborn) It's going to be HOT this summer and now that I found this, it kind of helped me realize that I can wear shorts and feel good about it.

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  32. How tall are you??? Your shape is identical to mine (when I was in my 20's- I'm nearly 40 now) I LOVE your taste in shorts and I struggle with my daughter who is built the same way but she refuses to wear appropriate length shorts for her body shape- she wants to wear what all the other girls are wearing, but they do NOT flatter her. It has become a heated discussion between my daughter and myself may times. I will show her your pics and hopefully she will see the difference. But seriously, how tall?
    Dawn

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  33. Hello Dawn!! Thank you so much for saying that you liked this post and all the shorts I picked out, I'm so flattered!!


    It can be really tricky to find shorts that are flattering on pear shaped women, so I can understand your frustration as well as your daughter's. I often wish I could wear some of the shorts that other less curvy women wear, but when I actually try them on I realize that they don't highlight the best parts of my body. I am 1.72 meters long (which is about 5 feet 8 inches).


    I hope these tips help your daughter find shorts that highlight the best parts of her beautiful self. If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email at thejoyoffashion (at) hotmail (dot) com. Thanks!

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  34. Hi Hannah!!! It makes me SO happy to hear that these tips have helped you. I definitely believe that there are shorts that will look amazing on you, it is just a matter of trying on different styles and keeping some of these tips in mind. Sometimes it is just TOO hot to wear jeans, so don't give up on the idea of shorts! If you need any help or have any questions, please feel free to email me at thejoyoffashion (at) hotmail (dot) com. Thanks again :)

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  35. Hi Lili!! Thanks for saying you liked these tips!! It took me a while to understand what shorts look good on me, but if you try different styles you are bound to find a pair that looks good on you. Don't be discouraged and just keep trying. If you need any help or have any questions, please feel free to email me at thejoyoffashion (at) hotmail (dot) com. Thanks again :)

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