We ladies all have a pear shape...with a rather fruity bottom! I have had lipoedema since a small child so have always needed to choose my clothing with care. Tops do not fit, bottoms do not fit, waists do not fit. Dresses are a nightmare! My top half has always been normal-ish and my bottom half huge. I am not a fashion expert and do not follow all the trends but I do like to look my best....these are my tips for dressing for our shape.

 *Many lippy chicks  have a small bust, narrow shoulders, and defined waist. Keep your proportions in check by drawing the eye to your upper body while de-emphasizing your lower half. Draw attention to your smaller upper body by adding detail and volume to your shoulder, bust, and torso. I love using scarfs to do this. A colourful scarf can lift your mood and face. Necklaces and earrings draw the eye upwards. 

*Also consider bright, bold colours and patterns. Bright colours and  patterns catch the eye. Wearing these elements up top will keep the attention upward, downplaying your wider lower half in the process.

*Look for bust-enhancing necklines. Wide necklines like boat-necks and scoop-necks visually widen your shoulder. Bust-enhancing necklines like sweetheart necks draw attention to the bust, making it look fuller. Strapless tops and dresses can also make your shoulders and bust look wider....so come on girls...get those puppies out!

*Also consider trouser style. Wide-leg pants  mask the fullness of your hips and thighs by making the rest of your leg look a little fuller. Also great over the dreaded compression!

*Try a maxi-skirt or gypsy skirt. These long skirts gently drape off your hips, flowing down without clinging to your legs. This draping effect often de-emphasizes the width of your thighs.

*Clinch your waist in with a belt...I do this a lot as I have to buy a bigger top to go over my hips...show of your smallest bit...you got it..flaunt it! Obi belts are fab..one size fits all. Available on eBay for around Β£3.99. 

Written by Michaela Dawe