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20+ Style Tricks To Help Hide Your Tummy

No More Muffin Top!

There are several fun periods in our life when we have to contend with the muffin top: pregnancy, menopause, depression… It’s not pretty, and it may feel very limiting when it comes to wearing clothes. You may shy away from fitted tees or tops. Or maybe you just stop buying clothes altogether. Well, my beautiful readers… with these styling tips and tricks, you can hide that extra weight… and wear your clothes with confidence!

#1 | Shapewear

Spanx is my go-to brand for high-quality boy shorts or tummy control tanks that really do suck everything in and hide a tummy. Be sure to also wear a supportive and lifting bra!
Shop Spanx shapewear here.

#2 | Dark Colors

I know it’s a no brainer, but it’s worth repeating… dark colors are slimming. They just are.

#3 | Vertical Patterns

You have to be careful with prints and patterns. Horizontal stripes or large scale patterns can add volume. Look for vertical stripes and other vertical patterns, which are quite slimming!

#4 | Cropped Jacket

Wear a flowy blouse with a cropped or shrunken jacket over it to create the illusion of a tiny waist!

#5 | Strategic Detailed Tops & Dresses

Look for tops and dresses with strategic details that will draw the eye away from the tummy or make it look more flattering. Tops and dresses that have empire waistlines, peplum hems, a knot under the bust, faux wrap fronts, and ruching are all great examples!

#6 | Body-Skimming Tops

Longer, flowy tops will hide a LOT. But instinctively, we go toward the giant, oversized tent tops…don’t do that! Instead, look for body-skimming tops! You’ll know it’s right if it’s loose but still looks like it gives you shape! Depending on where your tummy will determine what length you need.

#7 | Cardigans

You hear me say this all the time…a 3rd layer,  like a cardigan, is not only stylish, it can also hide a tummy.

# 8 | Blazer

A blazer is another 3rd layer option, like the cardigan. It will slim the tummy area, as well as hips, butt, and thighs.

#9 | Moto Jacket

A moto jacket creates the same slimming effect as the cardigan and blazer.

#10 | Kimono or Kaftan

These billowy stunners will hide everything, even a pregnancy.

#11 | Poncho

The poncho is another way to hide everything. Just be sure to wear something more streamlined on the bottom (like skinny jeans) to offset the volume on top.

#12 | Structured Dresses

Dresses with structure in a weightier fabric will help hide a tummy, versus lightweight or flimsy fabrics that show every lump and bump. Think Ponte knits, tweeds, denim, and fabrics with heft and structure!

#13 | High-Rise Jeans

I LOVE high-rise jeans and they really are the best at sucking in everything around the middle! Embrace them and you will lose your muffin top!

#14 | Size Up

I know it’s tempting to stick to your size or be swayed by the number, but when your clothes are a little looser, you look smaller and there is no skin or tummy overhang!

#15 | Tie a Shirt or Sweater

Tie a shirt or sweater around your waist to hide a tummy. This is a great styling trick to help you look tinier around the middle while also camouflaging the tummy.

#16 | Belt Lower

If you really want to wear a belt, just wear it lower on your hips so you are not highlighting the problem area.

#17 | Half-Tuck

Generally tucking is a no-no, but you can do the half-tuck instead. I did a whole video about how to do this here.

#18 | Accessorize Strategically

Wear bold necklaces, earrings, or scarves to draw the eye up and AWAY from your problem area.

#19 | Wide Leg Pants

Wide leg pants will balance out hips and tummy!

#20 | Full or A-line Skirts

You can create an hourglass shape with a full skirt.

#21 | Structured Shoulders & Statement Sleeves

Strong shoulders and statement sleeves will make your waist look smaller. This does not mean you need something with shoulder pads! It can be puff detail, ruffles, or any shoulder-building details.

#22 | Thoughtful Neckline

A higher neckline is less slimming than a neckline that’s open! Look for V-necks, scoop necks, portrait necklines, etc. for a more elongating effect!

#23 | Rounded Hemline

A rounded hemline elongates the lower body and makes you look slimmer overall!

#24 | Fabric Choice

Heftier fabric is more forgiving than thin, flimsy fabrics!

Do you have any other tummy hiding tips? Please share the knowledge in the comments for us all to use! And make sure you watch my videos with more tummy hiding tips here and here.

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Thank you SO much for stopping by!

How To Manifest Anything, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing an orange and blue Staud Ina dress with white sunglasses walking around in Telluride, Colorado
Erin Busbee
After a decade in TV news, a desire to help women "look pretty" sparked a career pivot. I started my own wardrobe consulting business, styling "real" women for many years. In 2014, I changed direction again, using my TV background and styling expertise to launch this website and my YouTube channel. We are now a community of well over 1 million dynamic, vibrant, amazing women over 40... who know that age isn't something you need to hide from. For us, life is just getting started!!
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