Here are some styling tips to help minimise the appearance of your tummy. Don’t think you need to hide it by wearing big, baggy clothes - they may make you look bigger than you are!
THINGS YOU CAN DO
- Supportive underwear will help give you a smooth, flatter, slimmer look.
- Trousers and skirts with side or back zips are good for keeping the front area minimal and flattering. If the garment does have a zip at the front, make sure it sits flat (some hooks and waistbands stick out).
- Elasticised waists are great for fluctuating waistlines, but just be careful there's not too much excessive fabric as it can bunch up. Wide waistbands are great for support and flattening the area.
- Wide Belts can help to pull you in and can also create some interest. Be careful not to wear them too tight. Belts that sit on the hips can be good for disguising a bloated stomach.
- Diagonal and vertical lines in a garment/s can help. Just make sure the garment isn't too tight otherwise the stripes may stretch at this point, accentuating your tummy. Also some patterning is great for camouflaging the area (florals, animal prints, abstract), just make sure it doesn't draw extra attention.
- Wearing long-line jackets (not done up), vests or tops to cover the area can work well (as long as you're not long-waisted, otherwise it may make your torso look even longer).
- Wrap dresses or tops that have drape, ruching or tie at the waist are great. TIP: tie the belt at the side and not in the centre, the centre will accentuate the stomach area.
- Empire-line (the garment hangs from just below the bust) tops and dresses are great for skimming over and flattening the look of the stomach, but be careful as some styles can make women look pregnant!
- Dresses or tops that fall from the shoulder can work well. Similar note of warning to empire-line, be careful it doesn't make you look pregnant.
- Draw the eye to the best parts of your body and away from your stomach, e.g. your upper body or your legs with patterns, accessories (especially necklaces and scarves), embelliments, styling, etc.
- Layering clothing works well, just be careful not to add volume to your stomach area.
things you should AVOID
- Avoid skirts and trousers that gather, are pleated or have a drawstring at the waist - they add unnecessary bulk.
- Avoid trousers or skirts with front pleats that fall from the waist.
- Avoid shiny or clingy fabrics that show the contours of your body and accentuate your stomach and bumps.
- Avoid cropped tops.
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