Who says you need to compromise on style just because you do not have flashboard abs? All you need are a few tricks up your sleeve, hide your belly and you’re sorted.
There could be many reasons you might need clothes to hide your belly at some point in your life, and it is important to know that you are not alone! As we go through life, it is easy to gain weight, and quite natural that our waistline no longer looks like our 20s. Some people said that after they went through a certain surgery and the recovery, the belly fat just would not go away. Also, genetics play a big role too. Some people tend to gain weight on their waist the most.
Regardless of your reason, it is totally fine and understandable, because we probably all want to know how to dress to hide belly fat at some point in our life. It’s s time we all realize that it’s not the end of the world. We just have to learn to work around it, work with it and work to do something about it.
And for that, we are here to share with you some of the best tips for women concerned about their midriffs.
1. High waisted everything
High waist works magic when it comes to hiding belly fat! Whether it is high waist jeans, pants or skirts, if you have a heavier mid section, they will suit you very nicely.
If you are an apple shape, high waist bottoms are your go-to. They can instantly smooth out the waist area which will make you feel much more comfortable and less conscious about the mid section.
If you are petite, wearing high waist style will improve your proportion and make your legs look longer.
2. Ruched design
They are heaven sent for women looking for clothes to hide belly. Dresses with ruching on the waist are incredibly flattering for women with heavier mid section. Not only dresses, some tops also have ruching, which is also excellent choices for women looking to hide the muffin top
3. Lingerie And Undergarments
You need to get this one right.Wearing the right intimates can make a huge difference. It is important that you choose a bra; that is not loose or sagging, but makes you uptight while giving the right definition. Also, consider high-rise underwear, these will help you a great deal.
4. Shapewear—To Your Rescue
You should try these if you have not already. These soft, comfortable and tight-fitting undergarments come in a lot of variants, taking full control of your tummy area. By choosing the right one, you can easily get away with those body hugging dresses that were forever part of your wish list. It makes a lot of difference.
5. Asymmetrical hem flatters
This type of design will make your belly less noticeable, because one side is longer and one side shorter. They distract people from focusing on your mid section.
6. Shift dresses
You will love the shift dress for two reasons. First, the silhouette is straight up and down, so it balances out your curves. Second, the shift dress has plenty of space so it will move as you do, avoiding drawing attention to your belly.
7. Body Posture—Matters!
Its time we all pay more attention to our posture. Poor posture is proven to sag and loosen the abdomen muscles further and blowing up the bulge. Not only for the reason of wearing great clothes, working on your posture is also a healthy practice. Make a conscious effort to give it some time; you will see the change for yourself.
8. Avoid button front jeans
The issue here is the buttons are designed to draw attention to your belly. So, if you do not want everyone to notice your love handles, then is style is probably not a good idea.
9. Colors, Patterns, And Fabrics
Fabrics make a lot of difference; every color and pattern look differently with different fabrics. To hide your tummy, then you should go for dark colors, flowy fabrics, and vertical patterns. This is a fail-proof method that generally doesn’t go wrong.
10. Avoid paper bag
If your intention is to wear clothes to hide belly fat, paper bag style pants is the opposite of what you want!
This is one of the hottest trends right now. As cute as they are,the issue is the focus of this kind of style on the waist so they draw all the attention to your belly!
11. Be careful with tucking shirt
If you are petite, it’s generally a good idea to tuck in your shirt under they pants or skirts. However, you have to be very careful with tucking if you are trying to hide the muffin top.
When you tuck, your mid section becomes the first thing that people will notice, especially when you are wearing a top and bottom with contrasting colors. So, tucking is not recommended for women worried about hiding their mid section.
12. Avoid oversized clothing if your are short
Even if you want to hide the belly, you still need clothing with a shape and structure. If you wear something that is too big, first they make you look like you are swimming in it and second it could leave people wondering if you are trying to hide something.
13. Avoid skinny belts
Skinny belts are one of the least flattering accessories you could wear if you are trying to hide your muffin top. If you are a curvy girl, skinny belt will look out of proportion on you.
Worse yet, if you are wearing skinny belt with contrasting color to your outfit, the attention will immediately be drawn to your belly! So, avoid them at all times.
14. Avoid sheer fabrics
Sheer fabrics adds the illuminating effect to your outfit. They are good for certain occasions like parties but that’s pretty much it. If you want to hide your belly, you should go with something that shrinks your mid section and avoid sheer fabrics which adds more volume to you overall
15. Layer smartly
Layering is another technique that magically hides it all away, shifting the focus anywhere but your tummy.
Combinations like a long cardigan on top of a blouse or shirt that is not too tight; knee-length dress and a cape; work pretty well to your advantage.
In order to get the best slimming effect, you should layer with a contrast. Either wear darker under layer and brighter outer layer, or vice versa. The contrast it creates will trick the eye into believing your waist is smaller than it actually is.
16. Wear pants and jeans with built-in waist band.
Those waist bands have two benefits. First, since they replace the zippers, they will not be drawing attention to your belly as the zippers. Second,they work like built in shape wear. They can really smooth out your waist area without having to wear separate shapes.
17. Wear loose long shirts with tights
Another flattering way is to pair a longer top with a tighter bottom. The billowy design of the top will make people notice less about your belly, and the tight leggings will balance out the loose effect of the top.
After all, we all have a slightly different body shape that is unique, so it’s always the case some of these tips will work while some won’t work for you.
Accept, embrace your body, dress smart, workout and have fun.
By: Hala AlZoubi