Many women after 40 experience weight gain on their bellies, especially those going into perimenopause or menopause. Your waist may disappear and you will start to develop more characteristics of the apple body shape. Luckily there are many things you can hide that belly, so that it doesn’t come in your way of looking fabulously stylish! Here are some of my tips.
How to hide your belly – my 10 tips
1. Don’t wear tight garments over your belly
If you want to look stylish and highlight your strenghts, it is best not to wear tight tops. They will accentuate every fat bubble you have and draw attention away from you and your fabulous clothes.
2. Leggings with wide tops
Leggings can be your best friend. They will fit comfortably around your belly and tuck it in a bit. Also, with so many wonderful tunics and long tops to choose from, you will look fabulous. Noone will notice your belly!
3. Opt for layers with long cardigans or wear jackets
If you wear several layers or add a nice modern jacket, emphasising a vertical line your belly will not be noticed at all.
4. Don’t emphasise your tummy by adding accessories like belts
No need to draw attention to your midlife tummy and belts will do just that.
5.Dresses or tops with an empire waist line can be your best friend
These tops highlight the the thinnest part of your top body, which you gives you a great silhouette.
6. Wear tops over your skirts and pants and don’t tuck them
Tucking draws attention to your (non-existing waist again) so better to avoid that.
7. Get knitted tops that have some ruching or draping element on the belly
This will disguise and hide your belly. Patterns (not too big) will work too.
8. Don’t wear garments that are bulky around the tummy area
You don’t want to make that area even bigger with pockets or other embelishments.
9. Wear garments with vertical lines
These are always more flattering and disguise any fatter areas. Vertical lines will lenghten you and make you slimmer. A open cardigan adds a nice vertical line, as do garments with vertical prints.
10 Wear shape wear
I could have put this on top of the list, but for day to day dressing I think most women would prefer just to wear their clothes without this. But shape wear can really flatten or hide your belly in many cases. Have a look at some of the tips given in my article on shape wear for some wonderful tips from other women over 40. Shape wear can really have a place in your dressing, but it’s important that you still remain comfortable in it!
Here are some tops that are available in shops right now.
Anything that I forgot? What are you sure-fire tips for hiding that belly?
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