Everyone has a problem area! No matter your age, size or shape most women have some area they’d rather hide and the tummy is probably the most common trouble spot there is! Let’s face it, not many of us hit the gym all day every day, to look as insanely toned as Jillian Michaels. A six pack is a bit out of reach for most of us, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t excellent ways to look great regardless. Here’s my take on how to hide a tummy.
Firm-up your middle
Love fitted dresses? That’s OK as long as you’re realistic about the results and wise about your foundation. If your middle is a little wobbly then shapewear will be your best friend; it will boost your confidence, smooth and firm your middle. After all, most celebs swear by some kind of Spanx to look sucked and red carpet ready, so we can certainly follow their lead.
When scouting the stores for a little-fitted number keep in mind that thin, stretchy fabrics may cling to you in the wrong areas, no matter what you do. More structured dresses and sturdier fabrics will hold their shape better. Also, look at how the dress drapes; fitted wrap dresses are excellent choices for most women.
Garments with ruching are also perfect for concealing torso-to-knee trouble spots, while blouson tops often drape softly on top of a tummy. Other fabrics to avoid are those with sheen or shine, they have the power to highlight your body’s topography, so skip satin and silk for matt fabrics.
Whittle your waist
A bit of a tummy shouldn’t keep you from accentuating the smallest part of your body.
You’ll always look slimmer when you reveal some shape so look for dresses that nip in above your tummy even as far up as under your bust. A medium-wide to wide belt can also be employed to control any wobbles.
Peplums are also very chic and flattering when they drape close to your body. They nip you in just the right area, and flare out to enhance or even create an hourglass shape. Balance out a fuller top with a fitted bottom to keep from looking bunched up in the middle.
Cover up without over-layering
Single breasted jackets and vests that nip in at the waist are not only feminine but insanely flattering. Left open they conceal your middle while creating a strong elongating line up the center of your body – better still add a long scarf to flow playful down the front.
A cardigan is totally fab, especially when accessorized with a statement necklace or pendant and slim line pant or skirt. Problems will only occur if you pile on extra layers. Instead, keep cozy with high quality, thin thermal underwear.
Jewellery and accessories are also a great way to draw attention away from your tummy. Pile on some colourful arm candy, or throw a vivid satchel over your shoulder. No one will be looking at your tummy now! An oblong scarf or long pendant necklaces really help in visually elongating you as well
Not only is wearing a monochromatic ensemble effortlessly cool, but it also helps you to appear longer and leaner. Think about how nude heels work: they trick the eyes into thinking you’re leggy even if you’re only 5’1” (155 cm). Wearing same-color separates is glam and trendy, but also creates an optical illusion to slim you from top to toe.
Another way to attract eyes away from your tummy area is to trick them with a print that keeps the eye moving. Likewise, an eye-catching print in a loose blouse is a winner. No one will pay attention to what’s under your fabulous blouse!
Acknowledgements: Girl with Curves – one of my favorite plus size blogs: http://girlwithcurves.com/