Inches 2 Style

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How To Hide A Bulging Mid-section

When I had my daughter, I suddenly found myself with a problem I hadn't had in a very long time. My stomach was suddenly too visible for my liking. I have never been one of those girls fortunate enough to have a very flat stomach (abs even!). But I was happy with the one I had because hiding it was very easy. All I needed to do was suck it in and I would have a semblance of a flat stomach. I became such a pro at tucking in my pot that I did it unconsciously. And then I had my daughter and every time I would dress up, the only thing I would see was my pot. I was so self-conscious with it that I started to look for ways to hide it.
A good number of clothing styles that I like are not pot-friendly (is that a word?). I'm a HUGE fan of bandage dresses but they are not meant for me at this point. Even jumpsuits have just become a favourite of mine. Wearing a top tucked into my skirt or trousers was not an option for a long time, until I started losing my post-baby tummy.
All in all, my experience has helped me find ways of hiding an unwanted tummy. I thought I'd share them with you today.

1. Peplum

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This is the best option I have found. The seam o between the rest of your top and the peplum itself on peplum tops and dresses often falls at the smallest part of your midsection, giving an illusion of a smaller waist.

2. A-line skirts


I believe an A-line skirt is designed for women who want to cheat their mind that they have a smaller waist. The flare opens up at just the right place to allow your tummy and hips some room and allowing you to pull off a fitted top easily. I found that other skirt styles showed off too much of my pot, unless paired with a peplum top.

3. Flowy tops/ Empire-waist dresses


I embraced my loose-fitting tops a great deal, particularly those that had a fitted bust area and flowed loose over my mid-section. Pairing these tops with fitting trousers created some balance. Empire-waist dresses have a similar effect.

4. Skater dresses

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Especially if the waistband/line falls at the smallest part of your mid-section. The gathers of the skirt draw the eye away from your mid-section. The best trick for wearing skirts is to put the waistline high enough such that it is not riding on the widest part of your stomach.

5. Confidence

I had to conclude with this. As self-conscious as I felt with my highly visible tummy, I realized that it wasn't as bad as I imagined it to be. Dressing my new body with confidence and in clothes that I loved would take my mind off the fact that I thought everybody was seeing my bigger waistline.

What about you? What tricks do you use to create an illusion of a smaller waistline? Do share in the comments below.

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About Audrey Masitsa

Audrey is the founder, writer and stylist behind Inches 2 Style. You can read more about her here and hire her for personal shopping, stylist and wardrobe consultations here .
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