If I had a nickel for every client who has told me she selects her shirts around how she feels about her belly (that day or in general) I would have lots of cents! My task is show how a belly can can be concealed without giving off that pregnant hippie vibe many women who wear billowing tops end up with. Not that there’s anything wrong with pregnant hippies, but if you are neither pregnant, nor a hippie, why dress like one? Okay. Here’s how:
- Choose drape, but not bulk. A little drape is pretty, a little too much length with billow creates a tenty look that reads maternity. If you do have a boxy top, make sure it is fitted to your sides, under your arms, to create some shape.
- If you still feel like a box, rectangle, circle, or any other non-humanlike shape, add a layer with some structure to it to tamp down the top. Adding a cardigan like I did here makes a little optical illusion sliver of top that reads narrower. A blazer with a waist built into it will do the same for your more relaxed tops.
- Make sure whatever top you select shows off a part of you that you DO love. Lot’s of women would rather draw attention up towards their faces, and wearing a top with an interesting neckline (even if it has some drape to it) will pull attention upwards towards what you like having people look at.
These are just three of the many tummy-hiding tricks I have at my disposal. You have to hire me to hear them all, and to have them specifically tailored to your style and body! But now I feel much better about feeling bloated this week, don’t you?
January 24, 2012