This is an updated version of an article I wrote in 2011. The tips are the same with updated and modern fashion examples.
As I update this article, I have just read on Yahoo about singer, Pink hitting back at Twitter trolls who commented on her weight at the John Wayne 30th Annual Odyssey Ball last Saturday.
She checked her outfit with a phone photo in her kitchen. It didn’t turn out as good on the Internet. Pink says she feels beautiful; so stop worrying about her. Luckily most of us don’t face that scrutiny nor public hurtful comments.
Your tummy’s harshest critic (and mine too) is the voice in your head. Do you, like me, check both your front & side view before you leave your home?
Here are some hints on smart dressing for baby boomer women to minimise or flatten your tummy in your eyes.
Go Diagonal or Uneven
Vertical lines are slimming and diagonal lines are the best. Diagonals can be in the material pattern or the style design. They go across your body at an angle so your tummy appears less noticeable.
Choose either a skinny, medium-sized or a combination of large and small diagonal patterned lines as in the zebra print coat jacket on the right to minimise your tummy. The diagonals are an inset pattern feature. Other women will notice your smart pattern choice without realising what you are trying to disguise.
Angled or uneven hems at the bottom of tops or jackets as in the mulberry merino swing tunic on the left and the Vogue pattern in the middle break up the horizontal line across your tummy.
Here’s a Secret Tip – When you choose a rich dark colour like mulberry, royal blue or dark green instead of the black option, you don’t look as if you are deliberately trying to hide your tummy shape.
Wear Flat-front Pants and Skirts
A flat front skirt, with a bit of stretch in it for comfort and no centre or front seams or pockets, gives the eyes nothing to stop and focus on. So others do not notice your tummy as much. The skirt in the middle follows the princess line. With its small, almost flat peplum starting on the princess line, the skirt takes your eyes away from the middle of your tummy. If you like pleats, have them start from the hips not the waist like the ten-gored skirt on the right. This brings the emphasis to your legs rather than your tummy.
Flat-front pants with no pockets and a centre back zip are the best style to disguise your tummy. The beige pants are the second-best option. They have no front darts or pleats and have side pockets.
Leave Only a Small Space in the Middle for People to Look At
Your tummy can’t look big if people can’t see all of it.
The tie-front cardi on the left creates an ’X’ shape which gives you an illusion of a smaller waist and smaller tummy.
Wear a soft top or jacket with no buttons or one unbuttoned so only a small vertical section of your dress, blouse or cami shows in the middle. Viola! Tummy shrunk. The middle and left cardis are the same, just in different colours. The centre one is a bright, light colour over a black cami whereas the one on the right is a dark colour over a white cami. Combining light and dark shades together always looks great.
Here’s a Secret Tip – Tucking part of your cami or t-shirt into your waist as on the right creates a diagonal line across your tummy. It is a modern look with a hidden slimming advantage.
If all else fails, use distraction. Draw the attention to a better part of your body. Wear a statement necklace or earrings like these Chicos accessories or wear statement shoes.
Remember that most women are too busy thinking about their own body faults to actually notice your tummy.
These hints are only to help you feel good about yourself.
Diagonals – www.ezibuy.com.au; Vogue pattern 1415 and www.chicos.com
Flat Fronts – www.ezibuy.com.au; Butterick pattern 6060 and www.jacquie.com.au
Small centre space – www.jacquie.com.au and www.ezibuy.com.au;