How to select the right top to hide your belly

by Rosemond Perdue

Tips on how to dress to hide your belly |

So many women over 40 seem to share the same concern. How to dress to look stylish AND hide our belly at the same time.

I’m not very large in size but as I’ve gotten older, all of my weight seems to settle around my middle which makes it challenging to dress in a way that doesn’t call attention to my midsection.

Here are a few tips I’ve learned that help camouflage a belly.

Don’t tuck your shirt in

Tucking your shirt in creates a strong visual line at your waist and draws attention to the thickest part of your body. If you tend to be thick around your middle, instead of tucking your tops into pants and skirt, wear tops that drape over that portion of your body and don’t call attention to it.

Select tops and shirts that end below your midsection

Make sure to select shirts that end below, not at, the thickest part of your belly. If that’s your lower tummy area, select a longer shirt that falls below your tummy area.

Look for ruching or soft gathers

A top with soft gathers, ruching or gathering can help hide any bulges in the tummy area.

Make sure your top is not too clingy

Look for tops and shirts that skim over the tummy area. Stay away from anything too clingy which will only accentuate any bumps or bulges you have.

A deep v neck can help create a slimming line

A v neckline can help draw attention to your face and away from your problem areas while creating a strong vertical line, which is flattering on just about everyone.

I’ve styled the Wrap Over top from Covered Perfectly to show how a top with ruching and draping can help camouflage your midsection. The shirt’s made of micromodal which is a soft and breathable fabric which drapes without being clingy.

I was excited to try Covered Perfectly. The brand is designed for women over 40 to help us make the most of our assets (and downplay those less-than-perfect-parts.)

I chose the Wrap Over top in teal. The top has a draped wrap top with a wide ruched band which helps hide the lower tummy area.

How to dress to hide your belly |

I’ve styled this top in two very different ways.

Below, I’ve paired the teal top with slim black crop pants, high heeled lace up oxfords, and a silver statement necklace for a dressier look.

How to select tops that hide your belly |

And below I’ve worn it casual with a black puffer vest, distressed denim, and black perforated slip-on sneakers. (I don’t have much of a bustline so the drape front on the top helps me look like I have a bit of a fuller bust than I do, another plus in my book!)

How to wear tops that hide your belly |

For more inspiration check out Sylvia’s tips on how to hide a belly and the best tops to hide your belly. Also check out her article on the best top for your body type and see how she styled Covered Perfectly tops here, here and here.

Outfit details

Teal top: c/o Covered Perfectly ** Special offer for 40+ style readers, use 40+ at checkout for 20% off!
Black pants: Banana Republic Sloan fit ankle pant 
Black platform shoes: similar Calvin Klein high heel oxford 
Necklace: similar Talitha collar necklace 
Blue jeans: Kut from the Kloth Catherine boyfriend jean
Vest: similar Champion black puffer vest
Sneakers: similar Caslon black perforated slip-on sneaker

Is dressing to hide your belly a concern for you too?


p.s. in the 40+ style club we will spend a whole month discovering the many ways and tips & tricks to hide your belly! Discover how to create super flattering silhouettes using the rule of thirds, layering, use of the right clothes, the right use of accessories and much more. There will be a master class, special capsule, videos and group discussions on how to create the most flattering silhouette that DOES NOT feature your belly.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Greetje

Oh I better follow that course with the 40+Style club. I can use some tricks in hiding a belly. And as my bossom is biggish (I don’t want to say “big” as there is always somebody who trumps you, right Julia?) I might need another work-around. But this teal top you are wearing is perfect for you.


2 Sylvia

LOTS of great tips in the style club including several videos!


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