A big Belly – sounds cute and even looks cute on small chubby kids and cats. But on grownups, this brings on nothing but inexplicable mental anguish and not so insignificant social embarrassment. It does not matter the size of the bulge – a bulge is a bulge, big or small.
Most of the time the best course of action I take is ‘tummy tuck-ins’ at the exact time that someone is looking (when ideally I should be doing some planks and crunches, but who is ideal). The latter actions require some willpower and long-term planning. So the tummy tuck-ins continue – but very difficult to do when too many people are around. A person has to breathe!
There are still some other things I could do. Some adjustments in dressing that can work like a charm. What we need ( you and I, because I assume you also have the same dilemma) are clothing and dresses that seem to hide a belly bulge. A flat tummy or an illusion of having one can be created with some wardrobe planning. I am talking about expert camouflage.
What to wear to hide a big stomach
Wear dark and solid-colored clothes from top to bottom
Dark colors and solid-colors from top to bottom create a visual illusion of slimness. So either go solid or go dark or go solid and dark.
If you want to wear prints wear the prints in a dark color. If you want to wear light colors, use solid (single color – no prints and patterns) from top to bottom. Does that make sense?
Wear clothing that skims over the stomach
If you wear clothes that are tight around the waistline the stomach is projected, and can look bigger than it really is. Avoid this. But not too loose that it looks like a tent on you.
Draped clothing looks nice. Like a long cowl or a twist front top.
You will know if your top is tight if the button placket near the stomach is gaping open every time you breathe. This is a common problem for people with big belly ; the result of wearing clothes according to the bust measurement and hip measurement. If you have a stomach, consider this first when buying clothes.
Ensure that the clothes you wear have enough ease along the waistline. It is very off-putting and shows your stomach prominently even to those who did not intend to notice that. Buy tops, shirts and dresses with a wider waistline or buy a bigger size and get it tailored to fit on other places.
That doesnot mean you have to buy loose baggy out of shape clothes. Fitting clothes is most important for a person with a big tummy than for any other. Remember – Not too tight nor too loose.
Wear clothes with vertical lines
Vertical lines are slimming. This does not stop with vertical printed lines. This includes design lines as well. A design line includes openings, darts, etc. A long placket along the vertical central line is such.
A long open jacket or cardigan can create a long vertical design line that can seemingly hide a big stomach. In fact this is my favorite tip of all.
You can learn more about design lines in fashion designing here.
Wear hip length or longer tops; Avoid crop tops
A crop top cuts across the stomach area – especially when worn with leggings or tight fitting jeans – the belly bulge is real. Mid-riff revealing tops come in this category.
This includes those cute short open jackets as well but if worn over hip length loose tunics they do not look so bad.
No decorations in the belly area
The same principle given above applies with trims, embroidery and other embellishments. And pockets too. You should not make the belly area more prominent with decorations. Wide or attention grabbing belts over inserted clothing fastening over the waist can also have the same negative effect. No prints over the stomach area either.
Bring attention to a body feature that you love
This could be your slim arms, long thin legs, nice cleavage. Add embellishments to a place that you want the eye to go. If you have long legs – Wear skirts or fitting leggings to make legs look good. Leggings can even have nice flowery patches.
If you have shapely arms – Go sleeveless to bring attention to good slim arms. The sleeves can be puffy with check prints. Exaggerated sleeves can bring attention away from the tummy.
Wear a high waistline to camouflage that tummy
A high waist pants and high waistline for dresses – both work. The tummy can roll over a low waist pant. With a high waist pant everything is tucked right in.
A high waistline dress like an empire dress or a wrap dress that tightens way above the waistline can hide belly and love handles to an extent. It has to be narrow (silhouette) and made of a drapey fabric (It should not be made of a thick fabric or be of a blousy style). Dark coloured empire dresses with long sleeves can somehow reduce the look of a big belly. Wear this dress with an elastic waistline or a belt on the narrow part of your torso, but not right on top of the tummy. But the empire style can go wrong if you have a large bustline as well. It can make the stomach look larger.
A peplum top with the flare over the stomach is another flattering clothing for a big stomach.
But too much gathers or ruffles starting at the waistline and going over the stomach can make the tummy prominent looking. Strike a balance.
Choose fabric well
No extra thick and heavy weight fabrics as top wear especially around the tummy area. Thick fabrics can make one look bigger than we are. Thick fabrics and boxy silhouettes take the cake. Clingy clothes are bad as well – thin knit fabric is clingy so avoid or use it under better jackets.
Wear firm stretchy comfortable bottom wear
Firm but stretchy leggings, which will keep all the tummy in without being too tight or uncomfortable like a stiff jeans, is a good choice as bottom wear.
A good bra can help
An ill fitting bra can make you look sloppy. Wear a bra that will make the breasts sit high and look full so that the waist looks comparatively smaller.
Use a Tummy shaper
To avoid a big stomach I told you to avoid anything that is tight around the waistline. But this doesn’t include a waist shaper – the corset of the modern times. A tight waist shaper belt inside your dress can make the waistline look slimmer by many inches.
You can ask for a waist trimmer, a body shaper, tummy shaper, tummy control belt, smoothening shaper briefs, shaping tights – all have the same function. They all are intended to flatten your tummy and contour your waist to look slim and shapely, under your clothes.
Can all these tips remove belly fat? No. That is a silly question but a hopeful one. If only! But they may flatter your figure and make the stomach and usually accompanying love handles look less prominent. Do you have anymore favorite tips?
Post disclaimer : Being happy is the most important thing. This includes being happy with how you look. Size does not matter in the way to happiness – but your attitude and self love does. These are just tricks you may want to try if you are really bothered and the thoughts are hindering your happiness. Cheers.
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Updated on October 3, 2022 by Sarina Tariq