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11 sure-fire ways to hide your belly with the right clothes

Many women after 40 experience weight gain on their bellies, especially those going into perimenopause or menopause. Your waist may disappear and you will start to develop more characteristics of the apple body shape. Luckily there are many things you can do to hide that belly, so that it doesn’t get in the way of looking fabulously stylish! In this updated article check some of our idea currently in store and get some fabulous tips from 40+Style stylist Ruth.  1. Don’t wear tight or clingy garments over your belly and choose tops with ruching or drape If you want to look stylish and highlight your strengths, it is best not to wear tight tops. They will accentuate every fat bubble you have and draw attention away from you and your fabulous clothes. Rather choose tops that have some draping or ruching. Above tops available at Covered Perfectly. Receive 20% off your first purchase when using the code 40+ at checkout! Layered tops are often a good option too! 2. Wear leggings or skinnies with longer, draped or asymmetrical tops Leggings can be your best friend. 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! For more tips and examples on how to wear leggings check this article. Another length I like in warmer weather is just below the knee. These Second Nature Capri leggings from Stella Carakasi are super fab. Not too thin and very stretchy and comfortable. They are also great for tucking in your tummy. Stella Carakasi also had many great (asymmetrical) tops that are great to layer over leggings or skinny jeans.   3. Create vertical lines with long cardigans, jackets and ponchos Layering is very effective to disguise a belly. 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. Look 1: Black Henley top – J. Renee cut out bootie – Freida Rothman pendant necklace – Nordstrom knit poncho Look 2: Sole society color block cape – Michael Stars crew neck top – NYDJ stretch jeans – Vince Camuto bootie – Treasure and Bond pendant necklace Look 3: Eileen Fisher poncho – White skinny jeans – BP slide long gray tee – Vince Camuto bootie – Kendra Scott silver necklace The longer your cardigan, the longer and leaner you will appear. Short straight cardigans will hide your belly too, but will have an overall more boxy silhouette. A long vest is perfect for creating long lean vertical lines. Check out this article for lots of options on how to wear a long vest. Look 1: Open front vest – Eileen Fisher silk tee – Vince Camuto stretch pants – Naturalizer pippa pump – Urban Original vegan leather tote – Samba Necklace blue pendant Look 2: Soia and Kyo long draped vest – Halogen ankle pants – Eileen Fisher bateau neck top – Vionic leopard kitten heels – Louise et Cie red clutch – Halogen gold necklace Look 3:Rebel Wilson trench vest – Articles of Society high waist jeans – Caslon three quarter sleeve tee – J. Renee blue slingback – Topshop tote – Nakamol tassel necklace 4. Don’t emphasise your tummy by adding accessories like belts right on top of them, rather belt higher No need to draw attention to your midlife tummy and belts will do just that when you belt too low. However, higher belts can be effective for some women by drawing attention upwards. This can work especially well if the top has a print or an asymmetrical detail. It will give you more shaping while still hiding that belly. Play around with where and how you fasten your belt to see what looks most flattering for you. State navy waist tie blouse – Tart Ann black tie blouse – Halogen poplin shirt 5. Choose dresses that don’t cling and/or have a draping element Make sure that your dresses don’t cling around the tummy area. Dresses with a draping element around the tummy area often work. Asymmetrical dresses work well too as they draw attention away from the belly and create a vertical line. Dresses that don’t cling and which also have patterns are also great to hide the tummy area. Evans fit & flare – London Times pleat dress – 19 cooper ruche sleeve dress 6. Wear tops over your skirts and pants and don’t tuck them Tucking draws attention to your (non-existing waist again) so better to avoid that. However, pay attention to overall balance and don’t let your top end at the widest point of your hips as that may be unflattering. Boden print skirt – Tory Burch ruffle top – Kate Spade bauble necklace – Naturalizer ankle strap pump – Gorjana stud earrings – Valyn marbled clutch 7. Layer like a pro It’s easier to hide your belly in winter as you can layer your clothes. Creating vertical lines with cardigans (as discussed above) works really well, but you can also wear sheer or softer fabrics underneath a shorter sweater. Nic + Zoe tank top – Levi’s faux leather jacket – Wit and Wisdom stretch jeans – Zeena moss suede ankle boot – Gorjana tassel necklace 8. Don’t wear garments that are bulky around the tummy area You don’t want to make that area even bigger with pockets or other embellishments. However, a vertical loose drape could work as it elongates and does a good job at hiding. 9. Choose asymmetrical tops Asymmetrical tops create vertical lines and break up your silhouette so they are great for disguising tummies. Eileen Fisher mimosa top – Splendid t-strap sandal – BP tote bag – J.Crew crop pants – Tory burch necklace Layered tops will work too, especially when they have an asymmetrical element. Stella Carakasi pick me up top – Stella Carakasi easy going top – Stella Carakasi Chloe tunic Special offer for 40+ style readers, use the code 40+ at checkout for 20% off! Great shops for asymmetrical items include: Nordstrom GetDressed2 Eileen Fisher Stella Carakasi 10. Use pants that tuck the tummy in The bottoms you wear can make a huge difference on how flat your tummy is. In fact, this is so important that I devoted a whole article to this topic. Check out the best pants to hide your belly here. I especially love Stella Carakasi leggings and skinny pants that do a great job in tucking the tummy. 11. Use shapewear Of course, shapewear is very effective too in hiding the belly but, as I personally find it uncomfortable, I only use it for very special events. For options on shapewear please read my article on the best shapewear for women over 40. What are your best tips for hiding that belly? P.S.: If you carry most of your weight around your belly, you are most likely an apple body shape. Download our extensive guide for many more tips on how to dress for your shape! p.p.s. Want to get our best tips on hiding the belly and enjoy exclusive training on this topic? We go very much in depth on hiding the belly in the 40+Style Club! You can get instant access here. This article contains affiliate links Like this article? Save it on Pinterest!  

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