Looking for the best pants 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

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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.

Julia (above) opts for a classic pair of black pants, creating a flattering column of black underneath her draped cardigan.

Get her draped two-way jacket from J.Jill and wear it with this similar turtleneck top, elastic waist wide leg pants and booties.

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

skirts to fit and hide a belly | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Joanna (above) wears a stylish elastic-waist skirt with a drawstring tie.

Recreate her look with this similar top, jacket, elastic beige skirt and boots.

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.

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

floral pants to hide a belly | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Jona (above) chooses a pair of patterned pants, perfect for spring.

Get her look with this cardigan, crossbody bag from Gucci, sunglasses from & Other Stories, and pair with this similar pants, v-neck tee and pumps.

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 office appropriate.

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

Gibson cross front tunic blouse

Or a more tailored 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.

wearing a tailored top with elastic waist pants to hide a belly | 40plusstyle.com

Ganni poplin wrap 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

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

Georgette (above) chooses a pair of pull-on utility pants.

Get her cami top and pull-on cargo pants from Catherines, and wear it with this similar jacket, bucket bag and leopard print shoes.

Elastic only at at the back

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.

Eileen Fisher slim stretch ankle pants | 40plusstyle.com

Eileen Fisher slim stretch ankle pants

Elastic waist pants to hide a belly from Chelsea28 | 40plusstyle.com

Chelsea28 tie waist pants

VERO MODA paperbag waist wide leg crop pants | 40plusstyle.com

VERO MODA paperbag waist wide leg crop pants

wearing a bright pair of elastic waist pants with a polka dot blouse | 40plusstyle.com

Kim (above) opts for a bright pop of color with her linen pants.

Check out this similar polka dot shirt, linen pants, sandals, handbag and sunglasses.

Caslon linen pants | 40plusstyle.com

Caslon linen pants

white elastic waist pants to hide a belly from Eileen Fisher | 40plusstyle.com

Eileen Fisher straight leg ankle pants

Patterned elastic waist pants by Hue | 40plusstyle.com

Hue watercolor trousers

a pair of patterned floral pants with a white top | 40plusstyle.com

Nic (above) opts for a romantic floral print.

Steal her look with this similar halter top, palazzo pants, espadrille sandals and sunglasses.

patterned pants from Halogen | 40plusstyle.com

Halogen wide leg crop pants

Ellastic waist pants from Topshop | 40plusstyle.com

Topshop cuffed wide leg trousers

Lyssé crop wide leg pants | 40plusstyle.com

Lyssé crop wide leg pants

white smart pants with an elastic waist from Ted Baker | 40plusstyle.com

Ted Baker London wide leg pants

Elastic waist jeans

An outfit featuring jeggings and a white blazer | 40plusstyle.com

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

Kylie (above) chooses pull-on jeggings.

Check out this similar blouse, blazer, denim leggings, sandals and sunglasses.

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.

tie waist jeans by Hue | 40plusstyle.com

Hue denim capri sweatpants

black elastic waist by 1822 | 40plusstyle.com

1822 Denim skinny jeans

elastic waist jeans by Jag Jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Jag Jeans straight leg jeans

elastic waistband jeans from Chic Classic Collection | 40plusstyle.com

Chic Classic Collection pull-on pants

Effective belly hiding elastic waistband skirts

an elastic waist red floral skirt worn with a white knotted t-shirt | 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.

Bev (above) opts for a elastic-waist maxi skirt.

Check out this red printed skirt you can try and pair with this similar shirt, sandals, crossbody bag and sunglasses.

Elastic waist stripe skirt from 1901 | 40plusstyle.com

1901 stripe midi skirt

Pleated elastic waist skirt from Topshop | 40plusstyle.com

Topshop pleated satin skirt

Floral elastic waist skirt from Love, Fire | 40plusstyle.com

Love, Fire ruffle hem midi skirt

Orange plaid elastic waist skirt by Patagonia | 40plusstyle.com

Patagonia skirt

Polka dot elastic waist skirt by Halogen | 40plusstyle.com

Halogen pleated midi skirt

Club Monaco plissé midi skirt with an elastic waist | 40plusstyle.com

Club Monaco plissé midi skirt

Ombre elastic waist skirt from Vero Moda | 40plusstyle.com

VERO MODA pleat skirt

Satin elastic waist skirt by VERO MODA | 40plusstyle.com

VERO MODA satin midi skirt

Denim elastic waist skirt from Amazon | 40plusstyle.com

Soojun maxi 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:

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

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

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.

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.

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

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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