You are what you eat. As much as we like the comparison to a warm, fluffy muffin, it’s not the most flattering body type. Curvy on top, narrow on the bottom: the belly bulges caused by sweet holiday indulgences are lovingly called a muffin top. No, this doesn’t make us fat, but when in the mood for body-fitting clothes, they can be a disappointment. Don’t worry, this article won’t tell you to stop eating extra cheese pizza (may we recommend Food That Can Help Break Down Belly Fat though?) instead give you not one but 8 different style hacks that’ll help you to know how to hide belly fat.
What could be better than not having to work out more or saying no to your favorite junk food and still managing to get away with the belly fat? Yes, it’s possible. Read 11 ways to hide belly fat.
It’s okay to rely on tummy tuckers once in a while for a carefree day throughout. They’re an easy (and comfortable) option to wear underneath your bodycon dresses and low-rise bottoms. You can forget about accidental belly show. How to hide belly fat with fabulous clothes? By using a good shapewear!
POPxo Recommends: Seamless Shaping Short Shapewear (Rs 999) by Jockey
Believe it or not, outfits with vertical pattern give an illusion of a taller height and therefore make you look slimmer than your actual body shape. Hence choosing shirts with a vertical pattern or even long dresses with vertical pattern can divert the attention from your tummy fat.
POPxo Recommends: Vertical Stripes Dresses Summer Casual Double Pocket (Rs 2124 ) by DIV
Ruffle tops are loose yet stylish and that is why they are the best tops to hide your tummy fat. The flared design gives ample space to hide the belly fat while driving the attention to the pleats. If you find one with bell sleeves like this one then buy it for yourself to hide that bulging tummy.
POPxo Recommends: Ruffled Blouson Top with Bell Sleeves (Rs 1499) at AJIO
The higher you go on the waist, the more shapely your jeans will fit. Tuck in a tee-shirt and pull it out a little to give that chic, boxy effect. And while you’re at it, go for a bootcut hem. It’ll not only make you look slimmer but also taller! Make sure to buy the right size (thank God for ‘Odd’ sizes) so the high-rise doesn’t suffocate you.
POPxo Recommends: Blue Denim High Waist Jeans (Rs 1,224) by Shein.
Who says you can’t wear crop tops! Just go for a peplum hemline and viola! Peplum gives a slimming effect without hiding your curves. It’ll allow you some breathing room without compromising on style.
POPxo Recommends: Pearl Embellished Peplum Top (Rs 792) by Shein.
Pencil skirts are a wardrobe must-have in our opinion, muffin top or not. The slim-fitting skirt with a straight, narrow cut suits all body types and shapes. Tailored for a close fit, they’re a great pick for work as well! Pair with a loose top to balance out the proportions.
POPxo Recommends: High Waist Wrap Peplum Skirt (Rs 1,499) by Koovs will be just perfect for work (and after-work!)
Gathered waistline and pleated falls on trousers are a great buy for people with a muffin top. They’re usually high-waisted giving you a taller impression and the pleats take attention away from the belly. Knotted belts are an added bonus.
POPxo Recommends: Regular Fit Solid Parallel Trousers (Rs 1,999) at Myntra are one of our favorites, especially for the color.
Make anarkalis and flared hemlines your best friend for all the wedding functions, and parties that call for an Indian touch. Not just that, they’re an elegant choice for work too. Don’t forget your pumps to go with it.
POPxo Recommends: Blue Printed Anarkali Kurta (Rs 629) by Libas for the Monday blues.
Wrap dresses will give you the freedom to decide the fit of your outfit. Cinch it around your waist to give your dress the ‘fit and flare’ effect. Who needs a corset when you are your own boss!
POPxo Recommends: Pink Torres Wrap Knotted Dress (Rs 1,699) by Stalk Buy Love for the NYE party you’ve been waiting for.
Not too short, not too long, tunics are age-less and so universal. This yellow coloured button-down tunic will brighten up your #OOTD as well as your day. Pair it with parallel trousers to work or with distressed jeans for a casual outing.
POPxo Recommends: Printed A-Line Tunic (Rs 1,799) by Rangriti will look good on everyone.
How to hide belly fat at a party? Get yourself a long dress which is beautiful and a bit loose and it will do wonders in hiding the belly fat. Moreover, these dresses come in both casual, formal and party look. So you can have one for every occasion. This one shimmery dress is apt for a party night!
POPxo Recommends: Shimmery A-line Sleeveless Dress (Rs 3499) at AJIO
What colors are the best to hide tummy fat? Well, go for darker shades as they give an illusion of a slimmer body.
Let muffins be where they deserve to be - on this quirky baking cup mould - and later in your tummy.
This story was updated in March 2019.