How to Hide Stomach Fat

If you have a flabby or protruding tummy, there's no need to wear muumuus or other shapeless floor-grazing frocks. In fact, you can use a variety of style methods to make your stomach appear smaller than it really is. Luckily, plenty of fashionable clothes look great on apple-shaped women.

Wear neckline details over monotone outfits to shift attention away from your middle. (Image: luanateutzi/iStock/Getty Images)

Fabrics and Colors

Step 1

Choose clothes with vertical patterns. These designs will make your legs appear longer and draw attention away from your middle. Avoid horizontal patterns.

Step 2

Choose non-clinging material for all your clothes. Clinging fabrics accentuate your stomach. Woven cottons, synthetics and linen are good choices.

Step 3

Dress in one-color-palette shades from head to toe to present a lean, slimming line. Avoid light-colored pants and skirts, which draw attention to your midsection.

Styles

Step 1

Wear clothing that fits. Sizes that are too big add bulk, and sizes that are too small accentuate your stomach.

Step 2

Choose hip-length or longer tunic tops to hide your midsection. Jackets and blouses in longer lengths that hit below your true waist hide and camouflage your stomach.

Step 3

Wear tops and dresses to draw a viewer's eye up toward your face and upper body. Boat-neck tops and V-necks, fabric detailing, scarves and necklaces will do the trick.

Step 4

Buy skirts and pants with a wide 3-inch waistband. This helps control your stomach and also makes your buttocks look smaller, according to plus-size model Danica Lo.

Step 5

Avoid pleated skirts and pants. These add bulk to your midsection. Lo exempts pants with creases from this recommendation, because a crisp crease in pants presents a slimming vertical line.

Step 6

Choose dresses and tops that have structural shapes as opposed to those cut on the bias that hug the curve of your stomach.

Step 7

Choose single-breasted jackets that fall below your waist to hide and minimize your stomach. Leave them unbottoned so they don't pull across your stomach.

Things You'll Need

  • Well-fitting clothing

  • Tunic tops

  • Tops with details at the neckline

  • Shoes with heels

Tip

Consult with a knowledgeable salesperson to discuss what kind and what size of shapewear is right for you.

Wear shapewear to hide and control stomach fat. Shapewear comes in a variety of lengths and fabrics for every day and special-occasion wear.

Wear heels, not flats, to create length and keep attention away from your stomach. Choose medium to medium-high heels for best effect.

Stand straight with your shoulders back and your head level. Good posture makes you appear confident and thinner.

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