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.
- Pants with an elastic waist
- 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
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.
Comfortable pants with elastic waistbands
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.
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
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. Look out for draped or asymmetric styles, or tops with a print.
Kimba @kimbalikes above shows how you could wear a long, plain color shirt with a pair of print pants. You could also add a necklace to draw attention to your face and neckline.
Or a TIGHTER TOP
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. If you do choose a tighter top, some ruching and draping will help to hide a tummy.
Treat elastic waist 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
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.
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.
Elastic waist jeans
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.
Karen @styledbykaren above shows how you can create a column of color with your outfit, and then add a different color long shirt, cardigan or jacket over the top. This creates an elongating, slimming effect.
Effective belly hiding elastic waistband skirts
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.
The skirt I am wearing above is made out of stretchy cotton (similar here) with an elasticized waist, so it’s an easy fit . The asymmetrical design is far from standard though.
Another option is to choose a skirt with some ruching which can help to cover up any lumps or bumps.
Kylie @kylish_aus above chooses a print skirt, paired with a white shirt. A print can help to disguide a tummy as it ‘confuses’ the eye. Rather than fixing on one place, the eye dots about.
Pants that tuck the tummy in
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.
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.
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.
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Below are more tummy control options you could choose.
Leggings can do an excellent job at hiding the belly.
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!
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.
Below are some more tummy control options for you.
Find out what more what are best tummy control jeans in stores now.
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