Obviously the difference is a that an hourglass has more boobage but from a front view they seem to look the same.
I'm a C cup so assumed I had an hourglass figure but yesterday I was told I was a pear lol (well not literally!).
Most Helpful Guy
It's not about boob size and stuff, it's about shape of your body
Hourglass figures are evenly proportioned. The bust and hip measurements are similar and the waist is noticeably smaller. Hourglass figures are always described as curvy, even when very slender. If you are short, the hourglass shape may be more pronounced, particularly if you have a short torso. Taller hourglasses or those with long torsos may find their shape is less recognizable.
Pear-shaped figures carry weight below the waist and, typically, in the lower half of the body. The shoulders are not terribly broad and the bustline is smaller than the hip measurement, sometimes by a substantial amount. A pear shape may be more defined if you are heavy, as weight is likely to collect in the hips and thighs. Many pear-shaped figures have a relatively slender waist; however, it is less noticeable than an hourglass figure's waist because of the smaller bust.
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Most Helpful Girl
Firstly, look at them from behind, not the side. It's about the width of the rib-cage from side to side. On a pear, the bottom is wider than the top. On an hourglass, the top and bottom are proportional.
I'm overweight and I'm a column. I'm told I'd be an hourglass if I dropped the weight, because it's all belly fat.