Looking for the best pants and skirts to hide your belly? We’ve got you covered. In this article, you will find two key strategies to use to find pants and skirts which perfectly fit and hide your belly.

Finding the best pants to hide your belly

A challenge many women experience is finding pants to hide your belly and skirts that fit perfectly when your hip and waist are drastically different sizes or you have a larger tummy.

Another desire is to find pants and skirts that tuck the belly in.

The challenge is to find the best pants that fit. If you have a belly, that often means looking for pants with an elasticized waist.

There are TWO different, but just as effective options you could select.

  1. Pants with an elastic waist
  2. Pants that help tuck the tummy in

First, let’s look at pants and skirts which are comfortable and which fit well because they have an elasticated waist.

Second, I will show you some stylish options which actually help to tuck your tummy in and give you a smoother silhouette.

Getting the right fit for your skirts and pants to hide a belly

The best pants and skirts to fit and hide your belly | 40plusstyle.com

There are a few approaches you can take.

First, an option to get the fit right is to have your pants and skirts tailored. This is certainly a great option for pants you already own (or those without an elastic waistband).

When buying new pants to hide your belly it’s usually best to buy pants that fit the widest part. That way you can ask your tailor to fit the part that is too loose.

A second option (and the one which this post is centered on) is opting for pants and skirts with an elastic waistband.

Angela (above) opts for a pleated skirt which is a style that can help to disguise a little bit of a belly.

Recreate her outfit with this similar top, pleated skirt, pumps and handbag.

Comfortable pants with elastic waistbands

Pants to hide a belly - Liz wears her top outside her pants | 40plusstyle.com

Let me show you the extensive options you have when it comes to selecting pants to hide your belly with elastic waistbands that create flattering and chic looks.

From on-trend cropped jeans to wide leg black trousers, mostly every kind of pants you can imagine comes in elastic waistband styles these days.

An extra benefit of selecting pants and skirts with elastan is that they also help you tuck your tummy in.

Liz (above) keeps her top outside her pants which is a technique you can use if you need to hide a little bit of a tummy.

Get her look with this similar top, jacket, pants and booties.

Elastic waistband skirts and women’s elastic waist pants can be super stylish and flattering!

Don’t automatically think that an elastic waistband means severely limiting your styling options or that you have to settle for a pair of very, very unflattering pants.

Whereas once, these may have been seen as a styling option only for the very old, and they were made in rather unflattering man-made materials such as polyester, elastic waist pants have come a long way in the style stakes.

Some quick guidelines to keep in mind when looking for pants to hide your belly

Keep your body shape in mind

Just because you are opting for a pair of elastic waist pants, don’t forget about what styles flatter your body shape.

You will find elastic waist pants in every style from skinny to bootcut.

Also take a look at how to wear printed pants.

Try a longer top

Pants to hide a belly - Kim wears a floral top with black pants | 40plusstyle.com

If you pick a dressy pair of pants that has a drawstring, it might be best to select a longer top to keep your look appropriate.

Kimba (above) looks fabulous in her high-low top and black pants.

Check out this tops from Treasure & Bond and Shein that you can wear with this similar pair of pants, loafers, necklace, earrings and sunglasses.

A longer top is good to wear with pants to hide a belly | 40plusstyle.com

LARACE V-neck tunic top

Or a TIGHTER TOP

Pants to fit a belly - Karen tucks her top into her pants | 40plusstyle.com

Keep the style rule in mind that it’s usually best to combine a loose fit with a tighter or more tailored top. If your pants have a tighter fit a wider top may look better.

Karen (above) tucks her top into her waistband.

Steal her look with this similar tank top, pants, sandals and sunglasses.

Beauhuty deep V-neck slim top | 40plusstyle.com

Beauhuty deep V-neck slim top

Style appropriately

Treat these pants the same way you would any other style. They might be more comfortable and fit better, however, you should still strive to style them appropriately.

Women’s elastic waist pants

Pants to fit a belly - Bev wears an elastic waist pair of pants with a blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Typically, if you are going for a dressier option in a style with an elastic waist, you should aim for pants that do not have those scrunchy type of hems.

As mentioned above, there are a number of great elastic waistband options.

These can be a challenge when going for an office-appropriate look, and can be more appropriate for casual or after-work hours looks.

A good style to look out for can be pants which look like regular pants at the front, but with an elasticated waistband at the back.

You can still opt for a belt if your pants are elasticated. Just make sure the belt doesn’t draw attention to any problem areas.

Many pants come in a style where they look like “regular” button-fastening pants from the front, but they have an elasticated waistband at the back.

As well as traditional elastic waist pants, another option is a stretchy pull-on pants.

There are also a number of casual options with elastic waistbands.

Some styles even create very flat waistband looks that almost appear to be button closure pants.

You will find that drawstring pants with cuffed hems look best styled casually.

Bev (above) shows how you can style a pair of casual pants in a more formal way.

Check out this similar V-neck top, blazer, drawstring pants, mules, handbag and sunglasses.

There are also plenty of elastic waistband pants which are very versatile and which could be dressed up or down.

Pants with an elastic waistband can also be a good option for travel.

Pants to hide a belly - Caslon linen pants | 40plusstyle.com

Caslon linen pants

Pants to hide a belly - Vince tie waist pants | 40plusstyle.com

Vince tie waist pants

Kylie in elastic waist pants | 40plusstyle.com

Kylie (above) opts for all neutrals and tucks her shirt into her elastic waistband pants.

Recreate her outfit with this similar long sleeve top, linen pants and pumps.

Pants to hide a belly - Eileen Fisher straight leg linen pants | 40plusstyle.com

Eileen Fisher straight leg linen pants

Pants to hide a belly - Club Monaco tie waist pants | 40plusstyle.com

Club Monaco tie waist pants

Pants to hide a belly - NYDJ side slit pull-on skinny jeans | 40plusstyle.com

NYDJ side slit pull-on skinny jeans

Pants to hide a belly Liverpool Los Angeles drawstring crop utility pants | 40plusstyle.com

Liverpool Los Angeles drawstring crop utility pants

Elastic waist jeans

Jeans to fit a tummy - Paula in jeggings | 40plusstyle.com

Jeans are wonderful but the heavy buttons and thick zippers can sometimes enlarge your belly. Instead opt for elasticized jeans.

You will find that elastic waist jeans come in every style that “regular” jeans do, but jeggings tend to be the easiest style to find.

Paula (above) styles her jeggings with an oversized shirt.

Steal her look with this similar button-down shirt, denim leggings and sneakers.

Jag Jeans pull-on straight leg jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Jag Jeans pull-on straight leg jeans

Madewell relaxed pull-on jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Madewell relaxed pull-on jeans

Foxcroft bootcut pull-on jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Foxcroft bootcut pull-on jeans

NYDJ straight leg pull-on pants | 40plusstyle.com

NYDJ straight leg pull-on pants

Chic Classic Collection pull-on pants | 40plusstyle.com

Chic Classic Collection pull-on pants 

Effective belly hiding elastic waistband skirts

Skirts to fit a belly - Georgette in a bias cut skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Just as with pants, you can find plenty of styles of skirts which feature an elastic waistband.

Skirts too can be very effective in hiding bellies and stretchy skirts are very easy to fit.

If you add a print in the mix, they can be really flattering as they highlight your curves and the elastan sucks in your tummy.

This means you can dress to suit your body type as well as being stylish and comfortable.

Georgette (above) opts for a skirt style that you can usually find with either an elastic waistband or a zip closure.

Get her look with this similar top, leopard print skirt, sandals and straw tote.

Azue A-line elastic waist midi skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Azue A-line elastic waist midi skirt

CHARTOU high waist A-line leopard print skirt | 40plusstyle.com

CHARTOU high waist A-line leopard print skirt

DJT handkerchief hemline midi skirt | 40plusstyle.com

DJT handkerchief hemline midi skirt

SweatyRocks high waist A-line midi skirt | 40plusstyle.com

SweatyRocks high waist A-line midi skirt

Zella woven pull-on skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Zella woven pull-on skirt

Ruched skirt

Another option is to choose a skirt with some ruching which can help to cover up any lumps or bumps.

Kate Kasin pencil skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Kate Kasin pencil skirt

Pants that tuck the tummy in

crop leggings and bootleg jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Of course, you don’t have to choose an elasticated waist to make sure that your pants or skirts fit your tummy.

Another good option is to look for clothes with “tummy tucking” technology or with a high-rise.

I love my cropped legging pants which I have in a dark and light wash.

Although my bootcut Paige jeans do have buttons and a zipper, the elastized fabric is so good that they do a great job at sucking the belly in.

If you choose jeans that have a high rise, they will do an excellent job at tucking the tummy in.

I’m loving these brands:

Rekucci Ease into Comfort skinny pants | 40plusstyle.com

Rekucci Ease into Comfort skinny pants

Rekucci Secret Figure pull-on knit straight pants | 40plusstyle.com

Rekucci Secret Figure pull-on knit straight pants

SLIM-SATION wide band pull-on ankle pants | 40plusstyle.com

SLIM-SATION wide band pull-on ankle pants

Some of the examples above in the sections on elasticated waist clothing may have good tummy tucking capabilities, but in this second section, I will specifically talk about pants and jeans that can smooth out your tummy.

Here are a few that I and 40+Style contributors have personal experience with.

the best leggings to hide your belly | 40plusstyle.com

Leggings can do an excellent job at hiding the belly.

I especially love the leggings from Stella Carakasi (pictured above). They have knee versions and long leggings.

I have these in several colors. I use them in casual chic looks and combine them with tunics or layered tops as shown below.

I also wear the knee-high leggings for yoga!

leggings to tuck your belly in | 40plusstyle.com

These capris are super stretchy and comfortable but the material is thick enough and do an excellent job sucking the tummy in. They keep their shape very well.

Read more about this in our article on how to wear leggings – an extensive guide.

Tummy tucking jeans

Some of these jeans have an elastic waistband, and some have a regular fastening but are made from stretchier fabric with clever control panels.

The NYDJ range is one of my favorites as it incorporates “tummy tuck” technology.

Below are some more tummy control options for you.

Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Totally Shaping pull-on skinny jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Totally Shaping pull-on skinny jeans

NIRLON tummy control jeggings | 40plusstyle.com

NIRLON tummy control jeggings

Find out what more what are best tummy control jeans in stores now.

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What are some your biggest challenges when it comes to finding the best pants to hide your belly?

Continue reading:

  1. How To Hide Your Belly With The Right Clothes
  2. The Best Tops To Hide Your Tummy
  3. The Best Tummy Control Jeans To Give You A Smoother Look

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