The new season speaks volumes, especially when it comes to sleeve detail. Voluminous sleeves on girly tops, romantic blouses and jackets are ideal for pear-shaped body types. Any form of sleeve embellishment draws attention upwards, thereby balancing out the wider part of your body.

There are many voluminous sleeve options to choose from – with some more flattering for pear shapes then others.

  • Kimono, bell and poet sleeve styles are excellent choices. They are a throw back to 40’s movie star glamour and convey a sense of unprecedented elegance.
  • Voluminous sleeved blouses and jackets that are nipped-in at the waist are slimming and more shape defining. Swing coat and capelet styles will add bulk where you won’t want it.
  • When you wear volume on top, keep the bottom simple. Plain a-line skirts and tailored flared or boot cut pants with heels will work best.
  • Wide lapels balance out jackets with sleeve volume beautifully and are another good option.

Add drama to your wardrobe with a voluminous sleeved top or jacket this season especially if you are pear shaped. It’s extremely ladylike and the perfect update to smart casual dressing.


A bell-sleeved cropped jacket with wide lapel, striped poets-sleeved blouse, and kimono-sleeved knitted top – all from Arden B. These styles are cinched in the waist which makes them more flattering to wear.