Tummy, thick stomach, disappearing waistline, call it what you will.
If this is a concern, then you’ve landed in the exact right spot. Because that’s the challenge we’re tackling today.
And what’s super exciting is that camouflaging that area is sooooo much easier than you may think.
First things first, you are not alone! The question has been so popular lately that we spent quite a bit of time chatting about it during Saturday Style School last week.
You can watch the replay here.
And if you haven’t grabbed your companion Style Guide yet with additional tips and links to shop, you can snag it here.
Anytime we talk body shape, we at least need to touch on the concept of your favorite feature.
If you’ve already picked your favorite feature, then feel free to jump ahead to the featured styles. 🙂
If not, then read on, Sunshine!
Camouflaging parts we aren’t excited about is a part of life. However, that’s not where we go first.
Nope! First, you pick your favorite feature and then accentuate the heck out of that.
Then, and only then, do we give our less favorite feature(s) a thought.
Why? I’m So Glad You Asked:
Focusing on your favorite feature increases confidence, self esteem, and put us in a positive frame of mind.
If we dress to camouflage first, we end up with a closet filled with tons of stuff we don’t love. Not to mention, it sucks the fun out of shopping and the joy out of getting dressed.
Wait! I think that was 4 reasons. Even better.
If you want to read more about body shape, here are two articles you’ll definitely want to check out.
Now, back to that pesky middle.
Two Styles That’ll Become Your Very Best Friend(s):
Whether you’re looking for the perfect top to pop under a blazer or a comfortable dress for the weekend, there are two shapes you’re going to love. Styles that’ll fit and flatter your shape and have you leaving the house feeling confident and looking like a bazillion Euros.
Okay, enough chitter-chatter, let’s get to the good stuff.
Because the styles showcased here and in the Style Guide won’t always be available, here’s a definition, so you’ll recognize it when shopping online or in-store.
Empire Waist – A fitted bodice ending just below your bust followed immediately by a gathered skirt (or the remainder of the blouse).
Because pictures are priceless, here are some examples.
The length (hitting right at the top of the hipbones) is ideal for showing off your legs while camouflaging the pesky middle section. On a side note, the square neckline is screaming for awesome accessories.
A wardrobe staple that’ll accentuate your little waist while the soft peplum flair will hide anything below. The fluffy bow in back makes this charming whether you’re coming or going.
Please note: They use UK sizes and has a relaxed fit.
This empire waist dress is super charming while avoiding falling into that ‘too-cute’ category. It’s available in a bazillion different colors and patterns. And depending on accessories will take you from evening to weekend, and Spring to Fall in a blink.
A dry definition – a top or dress that is fitted at the shoulders and consistently widens to the hem.
This shell will work beautifully under a jacket or cardigan, with pants or a skirt. The asymmetrical shape adds a touch of interest without any added bulk.
This a-line dress does a beautiful job accentuating your legs while distracting from the pesky middle. Depending on your height and how comfortable you feel in shorter skirts, you can always pop a pair of slim pants or leggings underneath.
This modest v-neck will accentuate your bust, decollate, and collarbones, while the slight a-line will flatter the rest of you. The accessory options are endless; tights, boots, necklaces, and bracelets.
The wrap design is ideal for accentuating your bust. A blousy tuck (as in the picture) will distract from a ‘muffin-top’. However, the length is perfect to hang loose.
And Then, Because It’s January – A Super Special Sweater Dress:
There is nothing more comfortable and versatile than a good sweater dress. This relaxed cut will emphasize your bust while the side slits will show off your gorgeous legs.
One thought on shoes… if you’re petite, you’ll want to swap out the ankle boots for taller boots to give the illusion of length. Small girls won’t want to chop their legs prematurely.
Put A Bow On It:
That’s a wrap, Sunshine!
Two styles that will beautifully accentuate a multitude of favorite features while camouflaging that pesky middle section.
Leave a comment below to share your thoughts and we’ll get the conversation started.
‘Til next week.
Hugs & Happy Shopping.