How to Disguise a Fat Stomach

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How to Disguise a Fat Stomach

I’m going to share some of my top ideas and tricks on how to disguise a fat stomach in this article.

The good news is that there’s no need to go on a diet or exercise; it’s all about illusion dressing.

We all have parts of our bodies that we don’t particularly care for.

On the other hand, I believe we all have body parts that we tend and are proud to show to the world.

But, in this case, I’m concentrating on the area of the tummy that seems to be the most difficult for most of us.

There are a few simple fashion and styling modifications that can help draw the focus away from your belly and actually compliment other parts of your body.

It’s not difficult; it’s what I call illusion dressing, and it’s one of the most enjoyable aspects of fashion.

You can really put your best foot forward regardless of your body shape, size, or type if you only know a few of these simple fashion tips to disguise a fat stomach.

Shoulder Pads

My first tip is to utilize shoulder pads to strengthen your shoulders.

This has the effect of balancing you out. When your shoulders and hips are in line, it creates the illusion of a smaller waist.

Obviously, if you’re carrying extra weight around your tummy, we’ll need to consider how to create the illusion of a waist.

Adding shoulder pads and strengthening your shoulders creates the illusion of a smaller waist, which is exactly what you want when you’re trying to disguise a larger tummy.

Take a pair of shoulder pads from an old jacket, blazer, or top. Even the small bra inserts found in crop tops and activewear can be sufficient at times. Simply tuck them beneath your bra straps to strengthen your shoulders and minimize your waist size.


My next tip to disguise a fat stomach is to tuck.

When you have a bigger tummy, it’s tempting to just wear a fuller floaty top, but it merely adds more volume and makes you look bigger than you are.

When it comes to concealing a tummy, the trick is to create the illusion of shape.

Giving your legs a half-tuck or a little tuck will also help lengthen them. When you see more pants or legs, it lengthens that section of your body and draws attention away from your belly.

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Always try to give your outfit a little bit of shape, whether it’s a half tuck, a side tuck, or a tiny little tuck in the front, but just giving your outfit a little bit of shape can work wonders instead of having a billowing load of fabric that doesn’t offer you any shape.

Elasticated Waist Pants

If you’re aiming to slim down your tummy, tailored pants can be tough.

Wearing elasticized waist pants is what I suggest. The best part is that these are currently in trend, so there are plenty of alternatives to select from.

The benefit of elasticated waists is that they are not only comfortable, but they also allow you to pick where your waist should be.

It’s all about creating the illusion of a waistline, which might be challenging if you’re a little rounder in the center.

Elasticated pants will not only provide you with the comfort you require, but they will also allow you to create your waist and place it where it is most flattering for you.

Wide Leg Pants

This may seem counterintuitive, but wide leg pants are your best buddy.

When you wear skinny pants and have a larger torso, the skinny pants amplify the size of your torso while also drawing attention to your belly.

If you use a wider leg pant to balance your proportions a little, you’ll only create the illusion of balance, which will divert the emphasis and focus away from your belly.

Take a peek at some of the wide-leg pants on the market. There are a lot of them around right now, which makes it really useful.

There are also a lot of options that have a fitted front and a fitted waistband, but are elasticated in the back.

You should choose a pant with some stretch around the waist since this allows you to choose where your waist will be.

If you carry most of your weight around your midsection, the wide leg pants will be the most flattering for you.


Another simple thing you can do to disguise a fat stomach is draw attention to the tiniest parts of your body, which are usually our wrists and ankles.

Simply roll up your sleeves or use a three-quarter pant to achieve this look.

Showing off a slimmer region of your body draws attention to that area and makes your entire outfit look more flattering.

Don’t try to hide it. When we’re trying to divert attention away from a particular area, I know that’s exactly what we do. We cover up everywhere, but don’t forget to show your ankles and wrists, which are leaner, smaller, and narrower body parts.

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Fitted Blazer

This one may also appear to be counter-intuitive. But the trend at the moment is wearing man-style oversized blazers.

If you’re attempting to hide a tummy, I can understand how these large blazers would be tempting.

They won’t, however, if you have a larger tummy. They will simply add more fabric to your outfit to make you appear much larger than you are.

A fitted blazer is what I suggest when it comes to blazers.

I’m not talking about a tight blazer; I’m talking about a blazer with some shape. A blazer that is nipped in at the waist and then flares out.

It’s all about creating the illusion of a waistline by making your torso narrow at the waist.

Cropped blazers are another excellent blazer option for you. A cropped blazer will cut you just below your natural waist.

Again, avoid the huge man-style blazers that are currently fashionable. They’ll only make you feel bigger than you really are.

Consider a cropped blazer or a somewhat fitted, shaped blazer.

Show Some Skin

My next piece of tip to disguise a big belly is to show more skin.

It’s all about highlighting the parts of your body that will draw attention away from your stomach.

So you may choose a skirt with a slit in it so that you can show a little bit of your leg while you walk. Or a top with shoulder cutouts, allowing you to view your shoulders while detracting from the main focus.

If you have a tendency to carry your weight around your tummy, showing a little more skin may seem like the last thing you want to do, but it does tend to break up an outfit and deflect the eye.

That is what it all boils down to. Don’t be hesitant to go for splits, cutouts, and a little more skin.


My next piece of advice to disguise a fat stomach is to go for V-necks and deeper V-cut blouses and shirts.

I’m not talking about divulging everything and letting it all hang out.

What I mean is that you normally don’t want that shelf where your bust meets your tummy to appear.

To avoid this, use a deeper V-neck, which simply creates a break and some space.

It also draws emphasis away from that torso area by shortening it.

If you’re aiming to slim down that area, avoid crewnecks and round necks. Go for something that does create a little bit more breathing space at your chest and neck area.

Dress That Nips You

Wrap dresses are frequently mentioned by stylists as the most flattering option for adding a little shape to your figure.

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They aren’t very flattering in my opinion, especially if you’re trying to hide your stomach.

They tend to draw attention to themselves, which isn’t a good thing.

A drop waisted dress is also a no-no if you’re aiming to slim down this area, since the drop waist will stretch your torso and draw the eye there.

So no drop waist dresses, and wrap dresses should be avoided or approached with caution.

Instead, I recommend any dress that nips you right below the bust.

I recently saw a pair with some lovely tummy tie detail. The tie is an excellent way to hide what’s underneath.

Rather than your tummy producing that extra volume, it creates the focus and volume.

I’ve definitely seen a number of these dresses that really nip you in at your tiniest bit, which is usually just beneath your bust, and create this fascinating element there that is entertaining, it’s beautiful to look at, but it’ll be the focus rather than your tummy.

Body Skimming Dresses

When it comes to dresses, I recommend choosing those that skim your body.

It’s tempting to choose a shift dress or a larger dress that doesn’t touch your body and instead looks like a tent and swamps you. I see the appeal; it’s nice to be able to cover up.

But it’s not helping you in any way.

What you should do instead is choose a fitted dress, which means it should skim your body.

You don’t want it to hug your body since you’ll feel suffocated.

You want a dress that skims your largest parts and then falls away gracefully from there.

However, you don’t want to wear an oversized tint style dress that will make you appear more larger than you are.

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  • Gloria

    Gloria is a top-performing fashion designer with more than eight years of experience in developing fashion concepts.

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