How to Dress to Flatten the Tummy


A bulging stomach area is a source of frustration for many women who long to be polished and fashionable, but have difficulty finding clothing that won't draw attention to their tummy. Fortunately, creating the appearance of a slimmer profile is as simple as finding the right undergarments to flatten your middle, and choosing clothing that will highlight your best attributes.

  • Get professionally fitted for a new bra. According to an article in Shape magazine, it's estimated that around 80 percent of women wear the wrong bra size. A bra that fits properly can raise your bust and give you a trimmer profile.

  • Trade your tight panties for comfortable boy shorts. The thick waistband provides more coverage and minimizes any bumps or bulges in your middle.

  • Wear control-top pantyhose or figure-slimming stockings under your clothes. Some brands can bunch up uncomfortably when you sit, so try a few brands before you settle on one to wear regularly.

  • Choose slightly loose shirts and blazers that hit at the hip to disguise any remaining tummy bulge.

  • Wear pants made of fabrics that fall straight instead of clinging to your legs. Creating a straight line down from your middle will minimize the appearance of a protruding stomach when you stand in profile.

  • Choose tops with darting near the bust or an empire waist to draw attention to your face and upper body.

  • Wear darker pieces on the areas of your body that you want to de-emphasize. If you dislike how your stomach looks but are pleased with your bust, try wearing empire waist tops with a brighter color above the waistline and a darker or more neutral color below.

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