“Thou shouldst eat to live, not live to eat.”
I hope you have enjoyed lots of Xmas festivities and gatherings in the last few weeks. When you have done so (good for you!), you may have ended up with a bit more belly than before…..Time to do something about that!
The best things to do are:
1: (re)start a healthy diet
2: exercise on a regular basis.
Though these are the way to do it long-term, you may want to have short-term results. Well, that doesn’t work I’m afraid. What does work is hiding these Xmas extras by wearing the right type of clothes.
Below you find some tricks how to do so.
1. Elastic waistbands
Dresses with an elastic waistband have got many advantages. They are comfortable to wear, flexible in the waist (now we’re talking) and on top of all that they accentuate your waist but hide your belly. Seriously, you look just as slim wearing these kind of dresses with as without those Xmas extras.
2. Straight dresses
Short, straight dresses are great to hide a bit of Xmas extras when they are loose or wide enough, like the ones below.
3. High waist, wide skirt
A dress with a high waist and a wide skirt is perfect for accentuating your waist. The wide skirt covers that extra belly you may have, so you may wonder…where are these Xmas extras ? It works equally well with a high waisted wide skirt.
4. Use a jumper to hide the extras
Combining a skirt with a jumper is a quick fix too, especially when the jumper is wide, like this winter sweater. Both skirts on the photos below have got an elastic waistband, so they are not only classy, but also very comfortable.
When you are not a dress or skirt type, I may have convinced you to buy one or two after seeing these photos and reading my praise. All the dresses and skirts are not only stylish and good at hiding your belly, they are also very comfortable to wear and cycling-friendly (a convincing argument for my Dutch readers). When you are more the trousers type, use the jumper trick described above and/or some of the following tricks!
5. Top over your trousers
Though you see more and more photos of bloggers wearing their tops (partly) in their trousers (to make their legs look longer), wearing them over your trousers does wonders for hiding your belly. When doing this, I always would wear a great necklace or scarf, since they will attract the eye (like the lace details below do too) and thus guide the eye away from the belly. For petites it does have the additional bonus of guiding the eyes upwards, making you look taller👍
6. Long cardigans and blazers
Especially viewed from the side, they hide your belly pretty well. In winter (and aren’t we just in the middle of that lovely season) they are welcome for their warmth too.
7. Highlight something else
Use accessories wisely to highlight something else and thus distract the eye from the belly. Think about what you like to show and show it! It may be your lovely legs, your awesome ankles, your sexy shoulders or nice neckline. It pays off double: you draw the attention away from your Xmas extras and you get the attention where you want it to be! The outfit below kind of does everything: the top over the trousers, a long blazer (with vertical stripes, another trick to appear slimmer), stretch trousers to accentuate my slim ankles, a lovely neckline and necklace.
Thanks for reading and please share your own tips & tricks in the comment section below.
Have an awesome New Year’s Eve and an even better 2020, full of health and happiness!
Sylvia of 40+ style has collected 11 different ways to hide your belly.
Another website that offers great tips is the one from stylecraze.
And wikihow also has got some solid tips here.