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Slimming Tops to Hide Your Belly

Many of us have it… that darn spare tire!  It arrives midlife, sits stuck in the middle between our bust and our hips, and gets extra big and flabby in January after a month of holiday feasting. Woman holding belly with short shirt

How can you dress to hide your stubborn midlife tummy that annoys you to no end?

Dress to Distract with Flattering Tops to Hide Your Tummy

Dressing to hide your tummy is all about the art of distraction. The most flattering tops to hide a tummy have an interesting neckline that draws the eye up, puts the focus on your chest and face, and take attention away from your tummy. For example:

Pink V neck top to hide belly

V-Necks Lengthen

Wearing a top that opens up your chest area and reveals some skin makes your neck look longer and your whole body leaner.


Black studded top to hide belly

Embellishment Attracts 

One of the best tops to hide a stomach has studs, beads, sequins or anything decorative keeps the focus where it needs to be –  by your face.


Red side slip top to hide belly

Shoulder Detail  Distracts

A neckline with added shoulder detail also works because it tricks the eye to look up at your shoulders and not down at your tummy.


Black top to hide belly

Bling Keeps the Eye Busy

The same principle applies here. Where does the eye go? – to the bling and not the bulge!

Teal blouse top to hide belly

Something at the Neck  Shifts Attention Up

Another great top to disguise a belly is to choose a top that has a pretty detail at the neck. This feminine bow blouse is just enough at the neck to make you want to look up. No one will notice your large stomach. Other blouses that hide belly fat would be keyhole neckline blouse or or a blouse with ruffles at the neckline.

Velveteen off the shoulder top to hide belly


Off the Shoulder Solves the Problem

Like the cold shoulder, the off-the-shoulder is a fantastic way to look sexy in a subtle way, all while taking the emphasis off a jelly belly.


Now, here’s a little test to see if you have been paying attention.

Comparing tops that hide your belly best

Which of these two tops is most slimming and why? Can you guess? ( Answer at the end of this post)

Here are more lovely women’s tops that hide belly fat

Answer to question- which top is more slimming, A or B?

Top B is more flattering because the detail at the top draws the eye up and away from the tummy. Top A has all the detail at the tummy, so that is the first place your eye goes. Not good if you don’t want people looking at your tummy!


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11 thoughts on “Slimming Tops to Hide Your Belly

    1. Hi Alison, most times, there are links to the clothing I feature. Suppose there are no links, then the item has sold out.
      I link mainly to big American chains, some of which deliver worldwide, so look at the individual store shipping policies, and you may be in luck.
      These are sold out for the page you are looking at, and I will update them in the spring. Thanks, Deborah

  1. I’m afraid I have to disagree with A and B because the focus is more on solid black and gray lines than on the top of B. I think that both tops are not very flattering.

    1. I would agree that top A is better because it distracts from the “mommy tummy” with the pattern. I have learned that lighter-colored plain tops show every bump and lump. Top B is in this category. Fabrics that cling, like sweaters, are in this category. Top A, on the other hand, has two layers: one close to the body and a top layer that doesn’t cling. This was a trick question!

  2. Hello! Do you think the cold shoulder look will still be in style next winter? I found a beautiful one with crushed velvet that flatters my tummy for only a fraction of the price at my local WHBM. I can’t wear it this winter, as I’m getting ready to have surgery, but I don’t want to waste any money on something that will look entirely out next year.

    Here is the link.

    It is cuter than the model and a bit shorter and fuller in the tummy area. Do you think it’s worth the risk to buy? Thanks

    1. Hi Lulu, I think I will still be in style next year because off-the-shoulder is an excellent way to look alluring in a classy way, and many women are looking for that. I like that it is blue too because you can wear it in the spring with white pants as shown here and in the early fall. Burgundy velvet, which has also been popular, is more seasonal. It’s on sale, which is good too, but you have to think about how many times you will wear it to know if you will get your money’s worth. If it looks great on you and you love it, go for it!

      1. Thanks so much, Deb. I can get it for $25, which is relatively inexpensive for the store. I’m guessing I’ll wear it 2 to 3 times next winter.

  3. This red top with shoulder cutouts from Calvin Klein looks amazing. And my second option is a pink top from Macy´s. o)

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