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?
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 covering a tummy and the choices we have available.
Choice # 1 – Undergarments
Undergarments are called foundation garments for a good reason. No matter your age or wardrobe challenges, wearing the proper undergarments are 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. Ensure the top of the garment is under your bra, and you’re not creating extra bumps.
High waist shorts: These shorts create a smooth look (no lines) and are great to wear under clingy dresses, jersey pants, or any garment 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. This is the perfect garment if your bust is small and you’d like to add a little lift.
Choice # 2 – Choosing clothing styles that are slimming and flattering
Choose classes that glide over your tummy and waist and take attention from that area.
Empire Waist Dresses – The remarkable 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 midsection are in printed material, in a light fabric that doesn’t cling, and in shelters 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 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