I am asked this question so many times by my clients and I think a high percentage of ladies are concious of their tummy area. Even if you have not had children. When I hit menopause, I found that although my weight stayed the same, it did get re-distributed. Getting rid of a muffin top is not always easy. I am not going to talk about diet or exercise but how to hide or camoflage the area. How to disguise your tummy area.
Draw the eye upwards
If you don’t want people to look at your tummy area, draw the eyes up to your face by wearing the right top. Choose a top either with a v neckline or some detail around the neck area. It could be a beautiful necklace or a small scarf that draws the eye.
Choose the correct size
Now this I find hard to understand but some clients want to wear a certain size even if it is too tight when they really should go to the next size. Wearing your clothes too tight can make you look bigger than you are. It is always best to go up a size and get a smoother effect than try to squeeze yourself into a smaller size that shows all the lumps and bumps.
We all know that wearing something too clingy will only accentuate a big tummy. Will a loose one hide the big belly? The answer to that is NO. A large baggy top will only exaggerate your overall size. We have so much choice out there with regard to fabrics we can choose from. Some have a built in stretch which makes them comfortable to wear. Choose a design that fits in the chest and arms and one that skims over your tummy.
Living in the UK we are all good at layering as we are never sure what the weather is going to do. Try a long top and even longer cardigan to make you look taller. This will draw the eye up and down and away from your tummy area.
Wear your clothes outside
One tip that I can share is to not tuck your tops into the waist of your trousers or skirts. This will accentuate a large tummy. Always wear your tops and blouses outside and choose a round hemmed bottom which will work with your curves, as one that goes straight across will add pounds to your hips.
As so many women are looking to wear flattering clothes to disquise the tummy area, the designers have come up with the draping effect. These are very flattering but to try not to go for one that has too much material. This one here is black and white and not normally what I would choose but is a great example from Dorothy Perkins Lily & Franc at £3o reduced from £55
Good fitting underwear
I am not a fan of these tummy clinching pants but if you want to wear them make sure you go up a size. It is very important to make sure that you are wearing the right size bra as this will make a huge difference to the overall look.
Avoid pleats & darts on the waist- band
This is a difficult one, when buying trousers avoid ones that have lots of darts on the waist area as these can make the tummy look big. In trousers if you can get a side zip this, is by far the best and avoid side pockets. If you like these patterned loose fitting trousers that are around, choose small gathers in a lightweight material and always wear your top outside to cover the waistband. Pleats around the waist area are also to be avoided as it adds bulk.
Wear one colour
If you do carry a bit of weight, stick to one colour head to toe and add a pop of your favourite colour in a jacket or cardigan.
I am a fan of these as I have a boysish figure and like to add curves, wear these open and it will nip in your waist.
Sleeves are very much the thing this season and large sleeves that finish at your elbow will also give the illusion of a smaller waist.
How to disguise your tummy area
So those are my simple tips – How to disguise your tummy area but if you would like a more personal review I am happy to help you.
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