Call it a jelly belly, muffin top or men-o-pot, your midlife tummy can be a pain to hide. The good news is when it comes to downplaying this annoying spot, COLOR can be your best friend. Here are three ways to wear color to look slimmer and trimmer.
1. Wear Dark Colors Strategically
If you have a large tummy, you can make it look smaller and flatter by wearing a dark color over that particular part of your body. How does it work?
Dark colors appear to recede, and light (or bright) colors appear to advance. If you have a big tummy, it makes sense to wear a dark color across your stomach to visually shrink it. These two dresses are good examples.
The knit dress is light up top and dark at the tummy. The floral dress is bright up top and dark at the tummy. In both cases, the eye is drawn to the light and bright colors and not the dark black. Black on the bottom is slimming, but if the colors were reversed ( black on top and white and blue on the bottom) everyone’s eyes would go to the bottom half-which you don’t want.
Black, navy, dark brown, gray and burgundy, eggplant or any other dark shade works well to magically erase pounds.
2. Tone on Tone Dressing Slims
Dressing in one shade from head to toe or slightly different shades of any single color elongates your body making your tummy less noticeable. The follows the unbroken line of color which makes you look taller and leaner. You can go with matching colors ( like this suit) or slightly different tone on tone shades (like the gray outfit). You can also incorporate pattern so long as it is in the same tonal colors as the rest of your outfit.
Sound boring? Try some textured piece in very similar colors all worn together to create more interest. For example a silky burgundy blouse, worn with velvet burgundy jeans and a fuzzy burgundy sweater. Monochromatic is a very rich look.
3. A Column of Color Works Wonders
I love this trick. Wear a darker color head to toe to downplay your tummy. Then throw on a bright jacket or sweater to give you that much-needed pop of color in your face. With your jacket open and the long dark column of color exposed, all people will notice is your cute bright jacket. No one will be looking at your tummy.
What to Avoid?
I’ve talked a lot about what to do but I thought also might be helpful to compare this to what to avoid or be careful with. A busy mix of contrasting colors and patterns can slice up your body. These two outfits (above) combine three different colors which break up the body making it look shorter and wider. Compare these two outfits to the other outfits I showed you earlier. Please don’t think you can’t ever wear three colors, but for those times when you want a really slim look, you may want to try one of the tricks I talked about.