Many women over a certain age experience weight gain on their tummy or waist, especially those going into perimenopause or menopause. Yep me included! Since having my son and going on HRT my waist has almost disappeared. Some ladies start to develop different body characteristics, for example an hourglass figure can become more rectangle or apple and they will need to review the way they are dressing to ensure they are flattering this new bodyshape.

Now I’m all for accepting your bodyshape but sometimes we all need a little confidence boost to make us feel better about ourselves. Luckily there are many things you can do to hide that tummy, so that it doesn’t get in the way of looking fabulously stylish!

Don’t wear tight or clingy items on your tummy or middle, instead choose tops that are slightly longer with ruching or drape. If you want to look stylish and highlight your strengths, it is best not to wear tight tops full stop.


Wear leggings or skinny jeans with longer, draped or asymmetrical topsLeggings can be your best friend or worst enemy. They will fit comfortably around your belly and tuck it in a bit. Also, with so many wonderful tunics and long tops to choose from, you will look fabulous. No-one will notice your belly!

Another length I like wearing in the warmer weather is just crop trousers that sit below the knee. Though pick carefully, not too thin and make sure they are stretchy and comfortable. They also look great with (asymmetrical) tops that are good to layer over leggings or skinny jeans.

Create vertical lines with long cardigans, jackets and ponchos

Layering is very effective way to disguise a tummy. You can add a cardigan or a jacket. Waterfall or straight designs can both work and will create a nice vertical line which will lengthen you and distract the eye from your belly. Adding a long line necklace will elongate your frame create the illusion of being taller or slimmer.

Make sure they don’t cling

Make sure your tops don’t cling. Clinging is enemy number one if you don’t want to show your tummy. Instead you want fabrics and tops that losely drape over your tummy. To avoid clingy tops, make sure that you don’t buy your tops too tight.  Also be careful with a lot of synthetic fabrics. Natural materials like cotton and silk are often better. Woven fabrics usually don’t cling and can be very useful in hiding a tummy.

Have drapes in all the right places

A draped top can be very effective in hiding a tummy. This is also a very useful method in dresses. So rather than plain soft tops that show every bubble on your body look for draped tops instead. Wrap tops also give the illusion of softer curves and nipping you in at the waist.

Benefit from asymmetrical tops

Not only are asymmetrical tops hip and timeless they also do a great job in creating very flattering vertical lines. Especially those tops that start on the left and then go vertical down to the right

Make use of layered tops

Layering in general is super effective to hide a number of sins. However, in summer you don’t want to wear too many layers. Layered tops to the rescue. Very good at hiding a tummy and they look super hip too!

Tops that create long vertical lines

If you find asymmetry too edgy or prefer a more traditional way to hide your tummy, opt for vertical lines. These can be very effectively created with long (sleeveless) vests and cardigans. Not only do these hide bellies, they are very effective in lengthening and slimming too.

Jackets are another great layering piece

Layering is one of the most effective tools to hide a tummy so it’s essential to have a good jacket or blazer in your wardrobe. But be sure to choose the right style and cut, avoid straight jackets that sit on your widest part i.e your hips or waist. Opt for slightly longer jackets that have a curve or slanted bottom.


For further tips on how to dress your bodyshape get in touch with me today and book an Image Consultation!

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