I get asked this question all the time. How do I camouflage my tummy area? I guess it is an area that many ladies carry their weight. If it is not here it is probably on the thighs or bottom. It is all about being a woman and loving your curves and learning how to make the most of your lovely figure. Here are my style tips on how to disguise your tummy area.
My style tips on how to disguise your tummy area.
When you talk of body confidence so many ladies are conscious of their tummy area. I know since the menopause my body shape has changed and I sometimes feel bloated in that area. So, here are my tips on how to camouflage your tummy area with some simple styling ideas.
Choose the right underwear for your outfit.
This is so important as your underwear is the canvas which you put your clothes on top. Firstly, get yourself fitted for a bra. So many ladies are wearing the wrong size, and this will impact on the overall look of your clothes. If you have large breasts that are hanging low, you will not be able to see your waist. I am not a fan of support knickers as the fat must go somewhere and you can end up with a muffin top. Choose a pair of knickers that will give you a smooth line and no VPL (Visual Panty line) particularly if you are wearing a slim fitting dress.
Things to avoid.
Avoid Boxy Clothes can add pounds.
If your blouse has a square bottom that finishes across your tummy it will add pounds. Look for a top with split sides or a curved bottom as this will move with you and work with your curves.
Avoid Baggy or Tight Clothing
I have seen larger ladies choosing to wear very large loose-fitting clothes, but this can just make them look larger. On the other end of the scale wearing clothes that are too tight can make you look larger. When I worked in Wallis, I would suggest to ladies to try a larger size as the clothes would hang so much better. Do not get hung up on a size label as no one see that only you know what size you are wearing.
Avoid detail at the waist.
Try to avoid trousers with a front zip and go for either a side zip or flat front skirt or trousers with a wide waistband and no zipper. This will avoid any extra bulk around that area. Take care of pleats and make sure they work with your curves and not accentuate them.
Draping & Ruching Works Well
Soft clothes that drape is a gentle way to disguise extra weight in the tummy area. Ruching across the tummy area can cover a tummy but be careful not to have too many gathers as this will add bulk.
Direct the eye away from your tummy.
If you do not want people looking at your tummy, redirect their gaze to your neckline and face. A top that has some embellishment or interesting detail at the neckline as a great way to distract. A beautiful necklace also works well to put the focus up top.
Style with layers
Thin layers can work well to distract the eye. For example, try a long line t/shirt under a longer cardigan. This can give the illusion that you are taller than you are. If you carry your weight around your middle, try wearing and empire line dress which hangs from the bust and this will hang loose around your tummy area. You could wear a fitted jacket over the top to give an illusion of a waist.
Dress with colour in mind
Wear the dark colours on your bottom half and add the pop of colour in your top. Or dress top to toe in one block colour and wear a single-breasted jacket that nips you in at the waist left open. Or a long line jacket or cardigan in a pop of colour.
Jeans, Trousers & Skirts
Choose a waisted or just under the waist trouser or jean as this will hide your muffin top and will give you a smoother line. Unfortunately, it is not easy to buy a pair of jeans with a side zip, but a pair of jeggings will give you a smooth top. Sometimes you can buy a skirt or trouser with a side zip. I do have a few summer skirts that are just pull on and they work well as it gives a flat top to wear something outside.
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