Is your wish list bigger than your shopping cart? You walk around the entire mall without actually buying a single dress? You dread shopping because nothing ever suits you? The muffin top, the tummy bulge, the flab, the third tire? It’s a nightmare! If you relate to any or all of this, join the club. You’re not alone, and I know there are a million of us out there. But, it’s time we all realize that it’s not the end of the world. We have to learn to work around it, work with it and work to do something about it.
Accept, dress smart, workout and have fun. That’s all I tell myself and you should too. I listed a few observations on what worked for me and how I actually started to embrace my body because of better shopping experiences. Read on to find out all about it!
Who says you need to compromise on style just because you do not have flashboard abs? You just need a few tricks up your sleeve, and you’re sorted. Follow me and let’s do this together!
1. Lingerie And Undergarments—Getting It Right
Wearing the right intimates is a given, but some of us need to pay more attention to a few things than others normally would. It is important that you choose a bra; that is not loose or sagging, but makes you uptight while giving the right definition. Also, consider high-rise underwears—these help you a great deal. We need to get this one right.
2. Shapewear—To Your Rescue
You should try these if you have not already. They are your rescue rangers; I could not wait to get my hands on these. It basically, tucks the unflattering flab and tires back into the tummy, at least it creates the illusion. These soft, comfortable and tight-fitting undergarments come in a lot of variants, taking full control of your tummy area. You can easily get away with those body hugging dresses that were forever part of your wish list. It makes a lot of difference, especially if you make smart choices. I assure that you’re going to love it.
3. Body Posture—Matters!
We don’t pay much attention to our posture, but it’s time we all do. Being unaware of your ergonomics while sitting or standing will eventually add up to a lot of other things. Poor posture is proven to sag and loosen the abdomen muscles further and blowing up the bulge, more than what it already is. Not only for wearing great clothes, working on your posture is a healthy practice even otherwise. Make a conscious effort to give it some time; you will see the change for yourself. Remember, a slouchy posture is only going to make it worse.
4. Dress Smart—Knowing The Tricks Of The Trade
Gone are the days when being loud and gaudy was hep. Dressing up classy and carrying it off well is the all new mantra. But, first, you need to get your basics right. Understand your problem areas and your strengths. Wear dresses that steer the attention away from your tummy; it could be just a flowy design or pattern that does it for you. It’s also worth mentioning that it’s best to stay away from body-hugging clothes, unless you’re sure of pulling off a bulgy stomach. Choose what you want to make the center of attraction and dress accordingly.
5. Colors, Patterns, And Fabrics—Know It All
To begin with, fabrics make a lot of difference; every color and pattern look differently with different fabrics. If you are serious about hiding your tummy, then I suggest you go for dark colors, flowy fabrics, and vertical patterns. This is a fail-proof method that generally doesn’t go wrong. Horizontal patterns give it a broad look, thus vertical patterns for obvious reasons.
6. Layer It Up—And Make-Believe
Layering is another technique that magically hides it all away, shifting the focus anywhere but your tummy. Combinations like the tank top with plaid shirt; knee-length dress and a cape; trousers with a shirt and blazer or shrug etc. work pretty well to your advantage. Layers that are unbuttoned gives it a significant effect making you look taller. Make-believe in the truest sense.
7. Skin Tight Dresses—Might Not Be A Great Idea
For me, it’s not very difficult to stay away from these because I’m not a fan of anything body-hugging, not that my body permits it. Either way, it’s best to go with something that has a flow, bounce, and definition to it. If you’re comfortable in your skin and whatever you’re wearing, go ahead—there’s no stopping you!
Had I known any of these, my shopping experiences would have been less challenging. Take a minute to understand the in and out of each of them. Let’s use these tips to build the blocks and look at dresses that will not just camouflage the unflattering fat but also make you look stylish and confident.
Are you ready? Scroll through and see what defines you the most.
1. Ruffle Or Peplum Tops
Peplum tops or dresses cinch at the narrow part of your upper waist and lift up as they train down to the belly button. Best for your curves. Ruffle tops shift the focus and conceal those bulges. It’s all about the illusion and creating it the way you like it.
2. Vertical Pattern Shirts Or Dresses
Vertical dresses are for women with frailties like ours. Unlike the horizontal patterns, these make your body look taller; so you appear slimmer than your usual self. This way you can fully enjoy what you’re wearing without having to worry too much about the flabby stomach.
3. Pleated Skirt And Plain Tops
It is a general assumption that people with a protruding tummy cannot wear skirts. I thought so too for a very long time. Yes, if you opt for denim or a small waist skirt, it ought to happen. Try pairing your plain T-shirts with pleated skirts; it makes a lot of difference. These skirts start right at the tip of your belly button, so go with a top that is soft and airy. If you can pull off a high-waist skirt, nothing like it, either!
4. Tops With Pom Poms Or Frayed Edges
Pom-poms are a rage right now, and they work to our advantage. So do ruffled tops. Those frayed edges and pom-poms absorb the attention masking the painfully wobbly areas. These are both stylish and figure-flattering. We just need to learn to hover around our pain areas.
5. Dark Colored Flowing Dresses
Dark colors are our best friends. If you loved an outfit and are not sure if it goes with your figure? Or apprehensive that it will sit well on the tummy, go with a dark color. Even better, if it is either flowing or wavy.
6. Oversized Tops With Trousers
This ensemble is not just fool-proof but also gives you a chic and classy look. Pick up by at least one size more than your regular size and team it up with a pair of slim-fit trousers, jeggings or leggings. Preferably something that goes below your hip. Accessorize to finish the look, and you’re ready to go!
Don’t budge on your style or your confidence! Rules are meant to be broken, for all you know there are none—You’re making them all up in your head. Here’s hoping that all your shopping experiences are only pleasurable and that we’ve told you everything you needed to hear. Feel free to get back to us with any questions, and we are happy to help. Happy Shopping!
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