As a mother and a woman, I know first hand the issues that women must deal with when shopping for clothing. The muffin top, or extra skin around your midriff that spills out of your waistband in an unattractive fashion is just a fact of life for those of us who have given birth, lost or gained weight or just are experiencing the changes our body brings with age. So suffice it to say that if you have a muffin top, you are indeed in the majority.
Strange as it may seem, though, dressing to hide a muffin top can be quite elusive. Often what we find in stores is fitted clothing that looks great if you're 21 and a size 4, but if you have even an extra pound on your frame you may not want to wear such show-everything clothing. Sure, you can layer in a Yummie Tummie or other shapewear, but when it's 100+ degrees like it has been around here lately, who wants another layer on their body? The less clothing the better. So here are my top 5 suggestions to mask your muffin top and keep your cool this summer:
1/ Add a Belt - Contrary to what we may think, drawing attention to our waist and adding a belt to a loose tunic or other flowy shirt can help us to look slimmer and keep a squishy middle under control. The trick? Wear a belt that's at least 2" wide, wider if you're a rock star or a goddess (it's all about your scale). It creates waistline definition while acting almost like a corset and holding you in.
2/ Layer a long Cami - Ok, so I mentioned that most of us don't want to add an extra layer, but sometimes it's ok. Like when you're wearing a tissue thin burn out cotton tee, or a thin-as air top that actually requires some coverage. When you do, add in a longer tank that will instantly slim you, especially if it's a Yummie Tummie or other shapewear tank. Wear one in a fun color and no one will know you're even wearing shapewear - they'll just see how sleek and svelte you look!
3/ Soft Waist Bands - One thing that works to create a muffin top is when your waistband is a bit tight. Opting for a skirt with a soft waist band can help to create a smooth look and will be more forgiving without sacrificing style. Pair this with a cute top for a chic look.
4/ Banded Tops - When you want to hide a little jiggle around the middle, wear a cute top that is banded at the waist. The band gives it structure while it softly flows over the rest of you and can be a forgiving look. * If you're busty, avoid banded tops with lots of fullness or gathers at the bustline or you risk looking prego.
5/ Top it Off - Sometimes just adding a layer can cover up lumps, bumps and bulges that keep you from feeling confident. But instead of piling on something hot and heavy, opt for a lightweight knit or even gauze short sleeved topper that gently skims your body and leaves you looking tres chic! To keep your cool and avoid bulk wear a tank underneath. You could also layer a long sleeveless vest over a short sleeved shirt for a fun look.