If to this quite generalized trend we add factors such as stress, insomnia, bad eating habits such as unbalanced and often hurried meals, lack of physical activity (both strength and aerobic), here we easily find ourselves with a silhouette a bit heavy in the belly area and consequent difficulties in dressing.
The solution, in many cases, is to adopt garments with small “strategic” drapes. If we want to dress to hide our bellies, they turn out to be precious allies. The perfect drapes and ruches are the lateral ones, at waist height (they also work well if asymmetrical, i.e. arranged on one side only) or central, creating a sense of verticality.
Long blazers: See here for a wide choice .
4. Don’t underline the belly by adding accessories that make it look bigger
When you choose a coat, top or cardigan, you don’t have to avoid belts altogether. Especially if the fat is concentrated on the lower abdomen, you may still have a well-defined and somewhat “high” waist.
In this case, simply make sure that the belt is not tight, but is knotted softly, and above all that it falls at the narrowest point of your bust (at the waist, in fact) and not at the widest.
Wrap dresses and tops also allow you to take advantage of this effect, especially if your waist is well defined in spite of the hateful belly fat (it often affects women with an hourglass and over 40 physique).
The extra idea: try knotting the belt a little to the side instead of in the middle. The slimming effect will be more evident and the look more casual and elegant.
Where to find fantastic wrap dresses: HERE
Some super trendy pieces that define your waist without squeezing it: HERE
5. Do not tuck tops and blouses into your trousers or your skirt (or at least not completely…)
Traditional tuck-in draws attention to a little muffin top or an undefined waistline, so it’s best avoided if you want to dress to hide belly fat.
This is because if you tuck the blouse completely, you will create a horizontal line right at the widest point of the belly.
But even leaving the top completely out, covering the waist, can be dangerous, because you risk an unpleasant “trunk” effect: the bust will seem as wide as your hips in every point.
For this reason, you prefer possibly:
- slightly stretch tops that barely cover the edge of the trousers, while remaining quite close to the body
- a partial tuck-in you see in this photograph:
6. Wear pants that “control” your waistline
Often a pair of medium-high waist jeans is enough to tuck in your belly (try some to find the exact waist height you need, the ideal one for your proportions). perhaps in a dark color or wash, to recover almost entirely your old silhouette.
Avoid also really super high waist models, both because they don’t look good on many women, and because it is difficult to tuck in your top and define your waist.
But also because, if you also have wide shoulders and a short waist, you risk making your bust look bigger for no reason.
Be aware not to buy pants that end up in the middle of your belly and create a huge bulge.
If you have a muffin top or a round lower abdomen, there are also very good models on the market with a shaping or slightly restraining effect.
9. Instead of hiding your belly, emphasize your strengths…
When you think about how to dress to hide belly fat, it’s easy to become obsessed with the problem, completely forgetting our many strengths and assets!
Which parts of your body do you love? How could you enhance them? We all have strengths and weaknesses, it’s all about maximizing the former and, if anything, minimizing the latter a little bit!
You could show a bit of cleavage, choose to uncover your beautiful shoulders or show a bit more of your beautiful long legs, for example.
Take a look at the new arrivals of the season and choose something that will make you feel top-notch, making the most of your merits!
10. Choose the right sleeves length
When you think about how to dress to hide belly fat, you often focus solely on this critical area.
However, it is essential not to forget to consider the length of the sleeves. If the sleeves end at the point where the belly is widest, the eye is drawn to this very area.
Therefore, look for clothes with sleeves that, when your arms are normally stretched along your body, end above your belly (ideally at waist height) or below your hips.
The right sleeve length depends on the length of your arms, of course, but also on where your belly is bulkiest!
To finish… select the most flattering fashion brands for your body type!
Perhaps you have already made this selection mentally, otherwise I invite you to reflect on this aspect: even women with the most perfect and proportionate physique, as well as perfectly in shape, have brands that dress them more or less well.
This problem exists among both expensive and low cost brands. For example, H&M has always perfectly dressed a physique like mine (although not always with the quality I want, so I let it go), while Mango or Zara are less suitable for my physicality. The same goes for medium or high end brands.
So avoid frustration (and returns, if you shop online!) due not to your physical flaws, but to the fact that each brand has its own fit!
Take note of the brands that dress you well, enhancing your uniqueness with their cuts. And try to focus your shopping on them: you will save time and disappointment!
Some brands to keep an eye out for ideal clothes to dress to hide belly fat:
ASOS (both clothing and the well-stocked shapewear section)
Diffusione Tessile (garments in the usual Max Mara quality, with a special attention to fashion over 40; ships worldwide)
Stradivarius (always trendy and fashionable, but also of excellent cuts to dress to hide belly fat. Not only for young girls, but also for their mothers and grandmothers!
Amazon Fashion: many, many, many items of clothing with the right cuts to choose from!