“When did this happen?”
Do your pants suddenly feel tight? Is your tummy turning to jello? Blame it on the holidays or just that annoying middle-age spread that is starting to creep in. Sure a better diet and the gym can help, but most times it’s hard to get totally rid of a muffin top.
Not to worry. Here are ten great tips on how to dress to hide your stomach.
1. Avoid Tight Clothing and Baggy Clothing
Most women realize that a clingy top only accentuates a big tummy, but will a large, loose top hide a big belly? The answer is surprising, no. A big, shapeless top will appear loose and baggy and exaggerate your overall size. The key to getting it right is to find a top that fits in the chest and arms and gently skims over your tummy without being tight. Clothes with a bit of built-in stretch will help you get a better shape.
2. Draping and Ruching are Your Friends
Soft clothes that drape are a gentle way to disguise extra weight in the tummy area. Ruching (when the fabric is gathered and sewn down) also works well. Just make sure the ruching is subtle. Too much-gathered fabric on your tummy makes it look like you are wearing a curtain and add bulk.
3. Don’t Tuck in
Tucking your top into your pants will accentuate your pot belly and is not flattering. Leave your top tucked out or if it is making your torso look too long, try a half tuck.
4. Don’t Wear a Belt
Wearing a belt is like drawing a circle around your widest point. Stay clear.
5. Draw the Eye Upwards
If you don’t want people looking down at your tummy, redirect their gaze to your neckline and face by wearing the right top. V-necks tops or tops that have embellishment or some kind of interesting detail at the neckline are a great way to distract. A beautiful necklace also works really well to put the focus up top.
6. Try a Tunic and Leggings
A dark pair of leggings worn with a long, flowing tunic that covers your bottom will put the spotlight on your legs and give you a slimming silhouette. Asymmetrical tunics work particularly well to trick the eye and divert it the tummy.
7. Opt for layers with Long, Thin Fabrics
Thin layers are another good way to distract. For example, a long tee under a longer cardigan works well. It will create the illusion that you are taller than you are.
8. A Fitted Jacket is a Simple, Easy solution
A single-breasted jacket that nips in at the waist will carve out a better figure. Be sure to wear it open.
9. Wear a Good Bra
When your breasts are hanging low and your tummy is sitting high, you get something in the middle that resembles a big blob. Hike up the girls with a good bra to leave some space between your breasts and your tummy, and see what a huge difference this makes.
10. Monochromatic colors minimize a tummy
Stick to one tone from head to toe and then add a jacket or lightweight cover-up with a pop of color. Slimming!
Stick to one dark color from head to toe and then add a long vest, or jacket in a pop of color – Slimming!
11. Avoid Pleats
Pants or skirts with Pleats, buttons, belt loops, or any waist detail only add to the bulk at the tummy. Your best bet is a flat-front skirt or pants with a wide waistband and no zipper.