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Tuck Away That Tummy!

December 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

tummy tuckIt’s a fact of life, but that doesn’t mean we’re not all frustrated by our over-40 tummies. Diet and exercise don’t seem to help much, and liposuction is so drastic. Instead, try these tips for dressing to conceal a bothersome belly:

Start with shapewear. If you’ve resisted trying shapewear because you think it will feel like a tight girdle, you need to try some on. Shapewear is the best solution for an over-40 jelly belly. Today’s shapewear is super stretchy, more lightweight, and much thinner than ever before, making it very comfy. There’s nothing that compares when it comes to getting rid of those pesky lumps and bumps.  Try some on and you’ll see how it makes you look like you have instantly dropped 10 pounds!

Wear a fitted jacket. When you have a flabby tummy, the tendency is to hide it under a big boxy jacket, but that will just make you look wider and heavier than you are. Instead, try a jacket that skims your silhouette and nips in at the waist for a figure-flattering look. Even if you don’t have much of a waist, a fitted jacket is a great way to fake one.

Don’t tuck in. Tucking in your shirt is going to emphasize your flabby tummy and make it look larger than it is (like a barrel). Leaving your shirt out will help elongate your body and make you look thinner. Make sure your top is more fitted, rather than boxy, and that it completely covers your tummy and then some.

Avoid belts around your tummy. A belt buckled at the waist is like pointing an arrow directly at the problem spot, whether you tuck it in or wear it out! Instead, try a looser, lower slung belt that gently drapes across the tummy and fastens at the hip. If your tummy is more of big round pot than a little pooch, forget wearing a belt at all; there are all kinds of other accessories such as a great bag or some fun jewelry that can add life to your outfit.

Try an empire style. One of the best styles of clothing to hide a big tummy is an empire waist. The high faux waist of the empire style draws the viewer’s eye up and away from your tummy. Look for tops and dresses with a wide, clean, simple band just underneath the bust; the fabric should flow gently down and out from this point. The key to getting this look right is to make sure the empire style you choose doesn’t have too many gathers where it nips in under the bust, as you don’t want to end up looking like you are wearing maternity clothes.

Create a column of color. A solid line of color makes you look taller and slimmer, thereby making your tummy less noticeable. A dark color, which seems to recede, makes the area over which it is worn smaller. Wearing a dark color from head to toe, then throwing on an open jacket or sweater, creates a column of color that shrinks your middle section and makes you look long and lean. This is a favorite celebrity trick that every woman should try!

If you feel you’ve fallen off style track and don’t know where to begin to look classy, modern and age appropriate, then dump the frump and follow author and style expert Deborah Boland who specializes in helping women look fabulous after 40 and beyond. www.fabulousafter40.com

By Deborah Boland

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