How to shop for tummy-hiding tops

While at a function with friends and family, I got to talking stomachs. Namely, post-menopausal stomachs. Also known as stomachs that just didn’t exist when you were under 40.

My aunt happened to be wearing a tiered ruffle top from New York & Company, and started raving about the variety of tummy-camouflaging tops she had found there. She liked this one in particular because of its slight A-line cut and loose tiers that cover the belly.

Below are some other middle-forgiving options I discovered on the site:

Printed tunic top

The print itself is a good distracting tool, and the loose, long fit is definitely belly-friendly. Plus this has an Empire waist drawstring which cinches in at the smaller part of your torso. That’s a very good thing.

Smocked chiffon top

This chiffon top has a similar feel to the lavender tiered one. It uses airy chiffon as a top layer, which then falls loosely over the stomach. Plus there’s nice detail at the neck to draw the eye upwards.

Belted safari shirt

Sometimes the best way to hide a mid-section is to cinch it. A belt or tie at your proper natural waist can make the area appear slimmer. Just make sure the fabric has some stiffness/structure to it so it won’t cling to the wrong places. And black always helps to slim you down.

Remember: it’s pretty much about a trick of the eye. Noticeable necklines pull the attention upward, prints keep the look less focused on one particular section, and cinching either at the Empire or natural waist (which is just below the ribcage) will create a flattering pulled-in shape regardless of whether you actually have a waist. Who cares? You can fake it.

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