What happened to the days when our waists were slim, and our mid-sections were something that seldom crossed our minds? Many of us over 40 struggle with our mid-sections. For some it’s a protruding tummy, for others, it’s a thicker waist and let’s not forget the muffin top. So, how do you dress to camouflage your belly?
Guest blogger, Image Consultant Sheila Dicks has these solutions:
There are two options: The first is to exercise and change our eating habits, which as you probably know is not as easy as it sounds. There’s just something about stubborn belly fat. The second option is to dress in a way that conceals – by far the easiest. Let’s talk about concealing a tummy and the choices we have available.
Choice # 1 – Undergarments
Undergarments are called foundation garments for good reason. No matter what your age or wardrobe challenges, wearing the right undergarments is a prerequisite for looking great in your clothes.
When you wear undergarments to hide a tummy you have several choices:
High-waist panty: This foundation garment works great under pants or jeans. Make sure the top of the garment is under your bra and that you’re not creating extra bumps.
High waist short: These shorts create a smooth look (no lines) and are great to wear under clingy dresses, jersey pants or any garment that is clinging and revealing.
Slimming Tank: This tank is also a great choice to wear under pants or jeans. It will slim your waist area and not create bumps anywhere else.
Open bust camisole: Just the thing to wear with pants or jeans. If your bust is small and you’d like to add a little lift to it, this is the perfect garment to do it.
Choice # 2 – Choosing clothing styles that are slimming and flattering
Choose styles that glide over your tummy and waist and take attention from that area.
Empire Waist Dresses – The wonderful thing is they suit any body type, and they will hide a tummy and drape nicely over problem areas. Be sure to choose them in your best color.
Tops – The best tops to hide a large mid section are tops in a printed material, tops in a light fabric that don’t cling, and tops that are not tight.
Jeans –The most flattering jeans for women who want to conceal a tummy are those that end at the belly button or one inch below the belly button. Choose jeans in a stretch denim for the best comfort and a more slimming look. Also, buy them in a dark color.
Guest blogger Sheila Dicks is a style coach who helps women find their best styles and colors, so they look and feel fabulous and attract more of what they want. You can find her at www.womeninstyle.ca