11 sure-fire ways to hide your belly with the right clothes

by Sylvia

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Many women after 40 experience weight gain on their bellies, especially those going into peri-menopause 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 do to hide that belly, so that it doesn’t get in the way of looking fabulously stylish!

In this updated article check out our 12 tips on how to hide your belly with the right clothes.

1. Don’t wear tight or clingy garments over your belly and choose tops with ruching or drape

If you want to look stylish and highlight your strengths, 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. Rather choose tops that have some draping or ruching.

A cross over top is very effective and this one creates asymmetrical vertical lines which is an extra bonus.

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Crisscross hem tank top

Below is a variation of a regular t-shirt that is much more interesting and more effective at hiding bellies.

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Draped t-shirt

2. Wear leggings or skinnies with longer, draped or asymmetrical tops

Leggings or stretchy pants that tuck in the tummy will 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. No-one will notice your belly!

 

For more tips and examples on how to wear leggings check this article.

 

Choose the right leggings that tuck in your tummy

I personally love the leggings of Stella Carakasi. The fabric is solid but stretchy and they are high enough so they tuck in your tummy. You can get them cropped or in full length. The 3 buttons at the knee make them fashionable too! I wear mine for both sports and casual outfits.

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See how I wore these in summer below.

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Another favorite amongst my readers are the Zelia Live in Leggings.

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For a very affordable option that has 1000s of reviews on Amazon, you can’t beat the Satina High waisted leggings.

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Choose the right tunics that make you look good in your leggings!

Look out for asymmetrical tops and sweaters. Wearing leggings underneath can let your hero pieces, like this longer asymmetrical top (below) stand out. This piece can easily be layered with a longer cardigan or shorter jacket and is the perfect canvas for a statement necklace (which further distracts from your belly.

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Leggings can work as part of outfits designed to hide your belly during any season. If you are in the southern hemisphere or heading off on a vacation to warmer climes, you can still use draped tops over leggings to hide your tummy.

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Pictured above is Julia.

 

Check out her recommendations for the best shops for women with the apple body shape.

 

3. Create vertical lines with long cardigans, jackets and ponchos

Layering is very effective to disguise a belly, and is much easier to do during fall and winter, when you will want to use layers to stay warm.

You can add a cardigan or a jacket. Waterfall or straight designs can both work and will create a nice vertical line which will create the illusion of length and distract the eye from your belly.

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Long straight cardigan

Below are some examples of outfits where you create a long lean line and hide the belly.

Layering for fall and winter

It’s much easier to hide your belly in winter as you can layer your clothes. Creating vertical lines with cardigans (as discussed above) works really well, but you can also wear shorter jackets to hide a tummy.

If you pop a biker jacket over a longer top, you confuse the eye so that the different lengths hide your belly.

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Washed Faux Leather Moto Jacket – Asymmetrical Draped Silk Top – Wit and Wisdom Stretch JeansPhara Tassel Lariat Necklace – ‘Valli’ Waterproof Bootie

Below, a patterned shirt will take attention away from your belly, while the longline cardigan will create nice long lines.

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Open Front Cardigan – Floral Print Top – Wit & Wisdom JeansSmall Le Foulonne Leather Crossbody Bag  – Oval Hoop Earrings – Hilty Booty

The longer your cardigan, the longer and leaner you will appear, although you usually don’t want to go longer than 2/3 from the height of your shoulders to the bottom.

Short straight cardigans will hide your belly too, but will have an overall more boxy silhouette.

How to layer in summer

You can still layer in spring and summer, you just need to choose lighter fabrics.

Instead of a cardigan you can choose a vest. A long vest is perfect for creating long, lean vertical lines, but you can opt for shorter waterfall vest too.

 

For more options on wearing vests you may like to check out this article for lots of options on how to wear a long vest.

 

Layer your (sleeveless) top with a sleeveless vest. This super affordable sleeveless vest from Azules can be combined with many tops and will look great over skinny pants and jeans. It has the benefit of being asymmetrical too which makes it even more flattering.

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Sleeveless vest

Below is an option for slightly cooler spring weather.

Tonal shades can be great for giving you a longer, slimmer look.

Create a column of color with your shirt and pants, and then add a sleeveless cardigan in a hue from the same color pathway.

 

Wearing clothes in similar shades is also a good tip for how to dress if you are petite.

 

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La Florentina Blue Knit Vest – Utility ShirtStretch Crepe Slim Ankle PantsHey World Vegan Leather Crossbody BagCharm Pendant Necklace – Rookie Bootie

Choosing a top with a bit of draping will hide your belly, while the sleeveless cardigan on top will help to create lean lines. A scarf will draw attention up to your face and away from your tummy area.

Sleeveless vests work well for all seasons. For winter, you can wear over a sweater while you could look for a lightweight version for summer.



You may also like: The best shops for the apple body shape


4. Don’t emphasize your tummy by adding accessories like belts right on top of them, rather belt higher

When choosing a coat, top or cardigan, you don’t have to avoid belts altogether. Simply make sure that the belt sits a bit higher, so you aren’t drawing attention to your belly at its widest point.

Again, patterns can help to take attention away from a larger tummy too and in combination this can do the trick.

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Play around with where and how you fasten your belt to see what looks most flattering for you. The belted cardigan below is available in a variety of colors.

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Belted cardigan

5. Choose dresses that don’t cling and/or have a draping element

Make sure that your dresses don’t cling around the tummy area. Dresses with a draping element around the tummy area often work.

The dress below drapes beautifully for a more flattering silhouette.

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Wrap dress

Asymmetrical dresses work well too as they draw attention away from the belly and create a vertical line.

Dresses that don’t cling and which also have patterns are also great to hide the tummy area.

The dress below is draped just right to draw attention away from the belly and creating flattering vertical lines. If you add a statement necklace at the top, you will further distract the eye from the belly area as the eye will be drawn upwards.

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Draped dress


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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. This is because if you tuck in your shirt, you will create a line across your tummy at its widest part.

Instead, leave your top outside of your skirt or pants. However, pay attention to overall balance and don’t let your top end at the widest point of your hips, as that may also be unflattering. A short top that loosely falls on your tummy like the blue top below will work really well for many women.

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Left: V-neck blouse Right: cropped top, white cigarette pants, Fly London Shoes

You can also layer your untucked top with either a long straight cardigan or jacket or even with a shorter top. You’ll notice that my cropped top ends at my waist drawing the attention there and not at my tummy. The asymmetrical hem and the fact that I just wear one column of color underneath further enhances that look.

7. 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 embellishments. However, a vertical loose drape like the below sleeveless vest could work as it elongates and does a good job at hiding.

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Cascading vest

8. Choose asymmetrical tops

Asymmetrical tops create vertical and diagonal lines and break up your silhouette so they are great for disguising tummies.

You could try this gorgeous one below.11 ways to hide your belly | Use asymmetrical tops | fashion over 40 | 40plusstyle.comAsymmetrical top

 

You can find many more asymmetrical tops and dresses here.

 

Great shops for asymmetrical items include:

9. Use pants that tuck the tummy in

The pants you wear can make a huge difference to how big your belly will appear.

Be mindful of not buying pants that end at at the middle of your belly and create a huge bulge. Instead you want to wear pants that have a higher rise and hat are capable of tucking your tummy in.

I already mentioned some of my favorite leggings that are strong enough to do this under #2 above, but skinny pants can do this job too.

One of my favorite skinny pants are these Cross The Line ankle pants. They are stiff and strong but also contain elastan and are comfortable to wear.

The coating on them and special stitching make them extra hip. Note how I wear these pants in a fashionable way with the perfect asymmetrical long blouse that hides my belly perfectly.

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Want more ideas on how to tuck your belly with the right pants, check out the best pants to hide your belly here.

10. Use tops with prints

Prints are very effective in hiding bellies and you should definitely consider adding a few in your wardrobe.

If you combine a printed top with one of our belly hiding tips above, no-one will notice your tummy!

I’m currently loving this Printed top from Amazon ($21.99). It’s great to wear on its own, doesn’t cling and can easily be layered with a jacket or cardigan too.

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Print top

11. Use shapewear

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Spanx tummy control pants

Of course, shapewear like the short that tucks the tummy in above, is very effective too in hiding the belly but, as I personally find it uncomfortable, I only use it for very special events.

 

For options on shapewear please read my article on the best shapewear for women over 40.

 

Want more ideas on how to hide your belly with the right clothes?

There are some great ideas here in this video from 40+Style stylist Ruth.

What are your best tips to hide your belly? 

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1 Heather Fonseca

Great tips! Thankfully my waist is still pretty slender, but it probably won’t be that way forever. Better wear my belts now!

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2 Sylvia

Yes! I too am going to do my best not to lose my waist but when (peri)menopause sets in, you don’t know what’s going to happen….

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3 Nanne

Excellent tips! The tummy area is no problem for me so far, but I guess at some point it might be. My butt and thighs, on the other hand…..several of your clothing tips work wonders for that, too:)

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4 Sylvia

Yes those too are my ‘problem’ areas as well. Should write an article on that….

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5 Cynthia

I love the long olive/camel cardigan. Where’d that come from? I might need one!

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6 erin

Being at the perimenopause/menopause stage in life, I find this article very useful, and helps me to confirm that I am on the right track in avoiding clothes that are too clingy and tight, not tucking in my tops etc.
Love your website! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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7 Sylvia

Hi Erin, Thanks for your feedback! Also thanks for linking up to my site and your kind words. Really appreciate it!

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8 Robert

Depending on the outfit that i’m wearing! The tummy area can be a problem! I’ve already incorporated some of your tips in my everyday life style.. But with certain outfits! Shapewear seems to work the best for me. Providing that your comfortable,shapewear can be a great addition to your wardrobe…

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9 Sylvia

Great to read that some of my tips have been helpful to you. What I love about shape wear is that you can still wear some outfits (like tight dresses) that would not have looked good otherwise. Great for special occasions!

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10 thefashionistachic

Just make an effort to stay away from foods high in sugar and processed foods.

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11 Sylvia

Very true, but with hormone imbalance and all kinds of other things, I know that many women over 40 find it difficult not to accumulate fat around the belly. But yes, I would say eat less and eat healthy and hopefully that will keep the belly fat off!

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12 thefashionistachic

Trust me I am no stranger to the difficulties with hormone imbalance, extra belly weight! Like so many of us the hormone imbalance affects our mood which for me results in emotional eating. My weakness is chocolate and rich desserts. I have yo yo most of my life.. But I found myself the happiest when I let go of the refined sugars and processed foods. My waist line improves, my skin glows and my mood improved immensely. You know I have a cousin a few year younger than me. She claims that I refuse to get old or I am not acting my age. She believes being over 40 is an excuse for letting yourself go. I believe to the contrary. Do we have to put a little more efforts? Yes, we do but at the end of the day it’s all worth it. Poor Madonna is getting so much flack for being fabulous at 50, she is 10 years my senior and boy I sure wish I could move like her. She’s my hero!!

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13 Sylvia

It is definitely something I need to do as well. I have heard from so many women that refined sugars make them ill and I also find that I would be healthier without them. So thanks for reminding me that it really makes a difference! I also agree that you should work harder to stay healthy and in top shape after 40 and I’m a big Madonna admirer! I will write about this in the future, I’m sure.

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14 Sylvia

Your comment inspired a new blogpost from me. Did you read it? https://40plusstyle.com/madonna-how-are-we-supposed-to-age/

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15 glitterqueen

I seem to have a figure of a pot bellied man! My problem is wide shoulders,
small bust, large stomach, slim bottom and legs.
5ft 9in tall. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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16 Sylvia

It sounds like some belly hiding tops will come in handy for you. Since you have nice legs you will want to put your attention there. Get well fitted straight or slightly flared pants and combine with a belly hiding top. Empire wast tops would work well for you. Combine with an A-line jacket to balance out your shoulders and give you more of an hourglass shape. You will also look good with a slight A-line skirt. As will an empire waist a-line dress that highlights your legs. Good luck! and if you need more help you can always post more questions in the style forum.

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17 RailGrl

Thanks for the tips. One peeve of mine; I don’t understand how all the belly-hiding tips I read talk about tops flowing from empire waists. They make me look like I am pregnant! I get asked when the baby’s due!

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18 Sylvia

Yes, all tips do certainly not work for everyone. These tips are just guidelines. Our bodies are all slightly different, so play around a bit with the advuce and see what works best for you.

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19 laughingcrow

My only issue is the shape wear. I have Gird. My stomach area has chronic swelling and shape wear makes that issue worse.

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20 Sylvia

Yes it’s not for everyone. I seldom wear it as I find it too uncomfortable. The right underwear like good camisoles can already make a big difference…

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21 SnappyFit Concierge

Hi Sylvia!

I came across your blog whilst researching our article for – “5 tips on ‘No worries’ Sexy “. Great blog ! I’m absolutely going to bookmark your page – you have really nice tips that we can really learn from. Thanks, Sylvia and keep up the great articles ! 🙂

Sincerely,
Sin Ning

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22 Teresa

Great job on this article – very helpful and realistic!

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23 jessie

Thank you so much for sharing. I had a personal surgery last year and menopause hit in a hurry. I’ve gained 25#s and can’t hide the pop belly anymore. Losing weight is a hard with being a Mom though I workout. Its discouraging to be only 32 and struggle with the body of what looks like a much older woman. I look forward to giving these tips a go!

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24 Sylvia

Good luck Jessie. Let me know how you get on!

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25 Lunza

Is there any place that makes shirts for TALL plus-sized women?

{commence rant}

I’m 5’9″, around size 28, apple-shaped and long-waisted, and the worst problem I have dressing is finding tops that are long enough to camouflage the lower part of my stomach — even so-called tunic-length shirts made for average height women can be too short. I also have relatively slim legs in proportion to my midriff, so my pants are either tight in the waist and fine in the legs or fine in the waist and baggy in the hips. Seems as though in the ’90s when “leggings” weren’t a dirty word, I could find shirts that were long enough and wear leggings with them and I was content. I know that was 20 years ago and things sag, but I weigh less now than I did then, and … anyway. 🙂

{end rant}

Any recommendations? Thanks!

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26 Sylvia

Hi Lunza, Covered Perfectly has a plus size section. You may like to check if they have any tops that would be good for a tall women: http://coveredperfectly.com/plus-sizes.html I also found this shop that has a tall plus page: http://www.onestopplus.com/Plus-Size-Tall-Plus.aspx?nop=10000&DeptId=18975
Good luck finding some great tops!

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27 Karen

I have found that Evine. Com has a line called “one world ” I find many tops that not only hide my belly but also my sagging arms. They have a 30 day money back guarantee so you really can’t lose much by trying it.

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28 Linda Todd

Yes, I have a belly. Always have but it does get less noticeable at times. I try to wear tops, skirts, pants, dresses that hide this feature. It is very annoying and I do not wear belts or blouses tucked in as a general rule.

Thank you enjoyed finding your website. Interest information and good advice.

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29 Sylvia

Welcome Linda. Hope you will enjoy the many articles and inspiration!

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30 Tammie

Just found this site. Love it!! My problem I have all my weight in belly, and no butt. 5 ’10 and it’s hard to find shirts long enough. Also I’m always pulling my pants up because they won’t stay up. Any suggestions?

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31 Sylvia

Stretch pants can help but in the end the only real solution is to have your pants altered. You may also like to read this additional article with specific guidelines for tall women: https://40plusstyle.com/how-to-dress-when-you-are-tall/

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32 Carol

I agree with the comments on empire waists, they tighten at the top of the belly, making the belly pouf out and looking pregnant. I ant imagine how this works on anyone. Also read an article that belting a tucked in top (large belt) then wearing an overblouse or one of the draped jacket tops slendarizes your whole body. Anyone try this?

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33 Sylvia

Not all empire waist tops are created equally though. Yes some can make you look pregnant but some can really work.

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34 ailsa

I am 5ft tall and im apple shape im all belly and no bottom aged 43. Please help me

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35 Sylvia

Hi Alisa. My best tips are already in the article. Other articles that may help you include https://40plusstyle.com/how-to-dress-when-you-are-short-petite/ and https://40plusstyle.com/how-to-hide-your-belly/

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36 Gloria Beatty

Wear Empire Style??

That’s the very last thing I would do. Am I the only one that looks pregnant wearing these clothes?

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37 Alice

Great tipsim always struggling I have had five kids I do have a spare tyre for a waist and it’s worse during times of bloating etc. the problem I have though is I live in a tropical climate so layering with jackets etc is out of the question and a lot of synthetic fibres can be very hot. Sort of limits the wardrobe a bit.

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38 Sylvia

I do so too and it’s definitely more challenging. It’s even more important to buy the right tops that are not clingy. You could scroll through the section what I wore (under style) to get some inspiration for dressing in a hot climate.

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39 Wendy G

Sylvia, if you actually have anything to hide, you hide it masterfully! You never look disproportionate – ever!

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40 Amelia

I’m frustrated with some of the pics. Some of the models are extremely thin. I went into early menopause (I’m only 40) and went from a size 4 to a size 16 in a little over a year. I’ve never been heavy in my life. I wanted tips on how to dress with the figure I have now. It’s exactly the opposite of what I used to have. I’m big from the waist up now. The last thing I wanted to see is thin models wearing shape slimming styles when they clearly don’t have any weight issues!

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41 Sylvia

I understand your frustration but as you know it’s still a fact that most brands use young and slim models to promote their products and I can’t change my own body. Of course I could have opted to not give you any visuals at all so you could just concentrate on the text but I still felt it was better to give you some examples. You can read a bit more on this topic here: https://40plusstyle.com/fabulous-40-plus-women/

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42 Heather

Wow!! Amelia you just described me!! Size 8 even after 3 kids. Then meno hit went to a 16 but took a couple of years. Hate it!! I also am big from tummy all the way up! I wear tops that emphasize my bust then falls loosly down over my tummy. Like unusual necklines and embellishment around the bust area. I have lots of patterned tops to. I wear harem type pants for comfort. Hope this helps you a bit. Oh I also hate how they use skinny models!!

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43 Sandy

Please use models with actual belly’s. If I looked like one of these skinny girls I wouldnt need to be reading your blog. I need some real life, real women for example. A size 4 just dont cut it as a woman with a big belly.

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44 Sylvia

I understand Sandy but please read my reply above or check out this article https://40plusstyle.com/fabulous-40-plus-women/

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45 thauthaus

Sorry but I can not look past the anorexic models because I need a picture of how these clothes would look on a size 16 body that has many fat rolls.Send me the clothes and I’ll mode them for you. Dissapointed.

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46 Sylvia

Not only plus size women have bellies and this article was written for those women too. There are many slim women who want to hide their bellies too. Anja (the 50+ woman with curly blond hair) is slim but has a profound belly that she is always hiding from view. However, I agree with you that plus size women were not well represented on this page and I have added several examples and images to improve that. I don’t own any of these clothes, but if you have good quality images of yourself applying some of the tips in this article, I would be happy to publish them.

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47 Marcia

I used to get perfect clothing for my “pregnant” shape at from Silhouettes. Then they just disappeared. Now I can’t find a sheath that falls straight from the shoulders ANYWHERE. Everything has a waist. I also got a two-piece dress from them that was wonderful for camouflaging my belly, a skirt with a long flared top – but I spilled coffee on it, can’t get the stain out, and can’t replace the outfit, of course. Do you know of any place that actually sells sheaths? The ones I have are just crinkle cotton sleeveless summer dresses. I found that loose flowing garments are the best ones for me.

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48 Sylvia

I think you should just look around at various brands. Even a slighly waisted tunic could fit well. Nordstrom has a great variety or check some of the shops on this page: https://40plusstyle.com/best-online-shops/ Otherwise, have you considered having your spoiled outfit copied by a tailor?

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49 Jan

Marcia,
Have you considered taking up sewing? A lot of women (especially older women approaching menopause) have taken it up because they can’t find ready to wear that fits.

You could take your coffee-stained sheath apart and make a pattern from it, and have as many more made as you like. Sheaths are easy to copy and easy to sew, and if you already have one that fits you you won’t need to get into complicated fitting issues.

A great site for those starting out is PatternReview (I won’t put the url here in case that’s not kosher). Not only does it have lots of tips for new sewers starting out, you’ll also see hundreds of pattern reviews (with photos!) by women who look like real women, and you get to see how different clothes look on different body types and ages. Althought it could definitely use some tips like the ones Sylvia has posted here! (I believe there is a business opportunity there Sylvia, if I’m not mistaken…)

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50 Karen Elizabath

Thank you for all the information about the shaped fit tops I am going to Penningtons or Additionelle to peruse their fall colours and fashions and find some of the tunics or shaped tops plus I prefer patterned pieces rather than plain! I am not sure about leggings because of lymphedema problems although they do look nice on the ladies in the photographs. I just purchased some loose vest type cardigans in blue marl and also in black/grey marl they are very nice and warm for the cooler days. Thanks once again for all your help you have given me some wonderful ideas 🙂

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51 Diane

In addition to these wonderful ideas, I like to wear neck scarves to help ‘hide’ my belly. A scarf helps to draw the eye up away from the waist plus adds a splash of color. Plus, scarves can be so versatile for those on a budget! Several different looks can be created with just a few basic tops/pants/skirts etc. A girl can never have too many scarves! I have found some gorgeous ones in consignment shops while traveling around the U.S.

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52 Sylvia

Yes great tip Diane!

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53 Brittany

This was so helpful for me. After a hysterectomy, I had so much trouble figuring out how to dress my body as it began to morph into a different shape. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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54 Sylvia

Great to read that this article helped you out Brittany. Have fun with style and dressing!

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55 Cathy

Thank you , as Im now well into the swing of Menopause, and my poor tum is quite big and sometimes high up near my ever shrinking bustline.
Your fashion tips are fantastic for me thank you…
I hope to re-arrange my wardrobe to be more 40 Plus tummy friendly..
Keep up the good work.

Just maybe you could cover foot ware for the 40 Plus woman with the tummy ideas please as my days of High high heels have well gone now…

Many thanks

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56 Sylvia

Hi Cathy. Thanks! I have written several articles on shoes so you may want to do a search on ‘shoes’. This article is all about arch support shoes, with the comments section containing lots of great tips! https://40plusstyle.com/arch-support-shoes/

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57 Dorothy

I have a REAL problem, very short 5ft2″ , big breasts 44E , short torso and large belly due to perimenopause. I need an outfit for a friend’s wedding and need to look really good in photos as I know everyone is going to make an effort!

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58 Sylvia

You may like to have a look at these tips here https://40plusstyle.com/how-to-dress-when-you-have-a-large-bust/ and here https://40plusstyle.com/how-to-dress-when-you-are-short-petite/ I talk about choosing dresses for a wedding at https://40plusstyle.com/how-to-dress-mother-of-the-bride/ Hope you will find something great!

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59 Gabrielle Haynes

I love the suggestions you have given. What can I do if I am only 4 ft 11 in? Many of the asymetricals are Waaaay too long. Any suggestions?

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60 Sylvia

You will have to look a bit harder for shorter versions. I know that some petites shop in girls department so that could be an option. For many more tips on petites check this article https://40plusstyle.com/how-to-dress-when-you-are-short-petite/

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61 Gabrielle Haynes

Thanks for the help Sylvia! Can you point me to some help with being short and wearing crop or capri pants in summer. I live in the desert and do not wear shorts. I also have hot flashes so need to wear appropriate clothing. Any help for that?
Thanks for all the help!

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63 Elaine

Yes many fashion supplies use younger slimmer models but there are many glorious women of all shapes sizes on Sylvia’s articles. At 52 I always was mostly an hour glass shape,vwith a tendency to pear. I have a sweet tooth but am now finding in perimenopause that weight is sticking to the middle. Luckily my style suits these tips. I never ever tuck in, avoidclingy and love waisted/drapery items.

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64 Heidi

Nice tips. Being a post menopausal pear shape, these are excellent tips. I do find it easier to workout and eat mostly produce to avoid a bigger tummy than trying to camouflage it.

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65 mary

Maxi skirts I love, what top do I wear with them. my arms are showing signs of bat wings, so no tight sleeveless shirts. I also am 62 and so no shirts tucked in

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66 Sylvia

You may find inspiration in this article: https://40plusstyle.com/how-to-cover-your-upper-arms/

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67 Maria Rose

Very interesting article but why can’t we see real women with real bellies wearing your suggestions?
I am 62 covering my belly but I definitely don’t look like those models in the clothes in your blog when I look in my mirror.

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68 Sylvia
69 Bonnie

I would like to know why all your models are a size 4? They do not have bellies that delivered twins. They are totally unrealistic to fit this artical . The styles are beautiful if you’re 5 ft. 10. How about using real people with real flaws to model before and after shots?
So none of these styles fit a 5 ft 3 with a real belly.

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70 Sylvia

The person above asked exactly the same question. Here is the long reply https://40plusstyle.com/fabulous-40-plus-women/
The thing is I can choose either skinny young model or young plus size model. Brands simply don’t offer anything in between.
That does NOT mean that the items are shown are ineffective. Many of the items come in bigger sizes and if you follow the guidelines in this article, play with them and find out what works for you, your belly will be a lot less visible.

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