25 Dresses to Hide Belly Fat

Have holiday splurges left you with the unpleasant gift of belly fat? No need to starve your way skinny. Just disguise that middle with a figure-flattering frock and get ready to dress to impress!

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Red Hot

Banish the appearance of belly flat with this ruby red stunner featuring a twist-front that strategically slims down your middle.


Maggy London twist-front dress, $128, maggylondon.com

Maggy London

Easy Does It

When you want to just throw something on, no muss, no fuss, this is your go-to dress. The soft fabric and flattering empire waist help hide any tummy bulge, while accentuating the bust-line. Simple. Chic. Go get it.

Pine Cone Hill Willow dress, $59, zappos.com


Short Order

So what if your middle is a little flabbier than you’d like – you’ve got amazing legs, so show them off, instead! This mini not only draws the eye to your great gams, but disguises that belly with a flowing silhouette and a print that keeps the eye moving.

One World minidress, $55, macys.com


Light as a Feather

It’s wise to have an easy-to-wear, figure-flattering dress in your closet to wear to work, out to dinner, shopping – wherever. This feather-print empire style with a faux wrap is perfect for hiding belly fat and can be worn in winter with tights and boots or in spring with sandals. Score!


Karen Kane dress, $45, nordstrom.com


Wrap it Up

The classic wrap dress gets a little modern flair with this cool black and white print. The front tie tames your tummy and the deep V-neck shows off your pretty décolleté.

Victoria’s Secret wrap dress, $60, victoriassecret.com

Victoria's Secret

Luck Be a Lady

Jump in on the lady-like trend by swapping out your regular business attire for this lovely red V-neck dress. The knot waist helps hide a tummy, but the vibrant color will make you the center of attention.

Adrianna Papell dress, $83, dillards.com


Black Magic

You can’t have too many great little black dresses on hand, and this calf-length style will make a welcome addition to your collection. Check out the ultra-flattering A-line that drapes perfectly for those wanting to keep their tummies in check.

Eileen Fisher jersey dress, $238, neimanmarcus.com

Neiman Marcus

Great Lengths

A wrap dress does wonders for hiding figure flaws – especially a thicker middle. We love the trendy maxi length and asymmetrical hemline of this style. Best of all, it works for day or night, and for all seasons. Maxi-mum versatility, maxi-mum style.


Loveappella wrap maxi dress, $89, piperlime.com

Piper Lime

Lovely in Lace

It’s amazing what a little well-placed gathering will do for your waistline. This feminine number is ruched at one side, creating a slimming effect. Hello, bombshell!

Coldwater Creek Lacey cowl dress, $99.95 to $109.95, coldwatercreek.com

Coldwater Creek

Velvet Underground

A winter dress in velvet in like hot cocoa after skiing – it’s just a natural pairing. We love the empire waist on this pretty dress and the pretty blue color is enough to melt even the coldest of hearts.
Sundance Midwinter’s dress, $188, sundancecatalog.com


Slimming Secret

Who needs a girdle when you can get a dress with tummy control built right in? This cowl-neck dress has a hidden panel to smooth your belly fat, plus shirring and draping to add even more curve appeal.     

New York & Company CitySlim dress, $40, nyandcompany.com

New York and Company

Stripe it Rich

The holidays are no time to diet – what with all the cookies, cocktails and canapés tempting you constantly. So, it’s only natural that you might be feeling a little extra bulge around your belly. No worries, just toss on this easy, pretty wrap dress and feel comfy and sexy at your next soiree. Now, where did that appetizer tray go?

LA Made striped wrap dress, $80, piperlime.com


Smooth Sailing

We all know black is slimming, but were you aware you could add shapewear to your LBD to keep that tummy under control? This style has a built-in liner to keep everything smooth and sleek.

Spanx Bod-A-Bing! Jackie Dress, $80, spanx.com


Hearts A-Flutter

The empire waist is a woman’s best friend when she’s trying to flatter a fuller tummy. This breezy style is super-feminine with flutter sleeves and delicate pleating.

Old Navy flutter-sleeve dress, $30, oldnavy.com

Old Navy

Fade to Black

No need to pass on seconds at your next dinner party when you’re wearing this chic black jersey and sequin dress. Soft draping in the skirt will take care of any bulge you may want to hide.

Maggy London LBD, $80, maggylondon.com

Maggy London

Animal Magnetism

A fun print is great for hiding belly fat – it confuses the eye so folks don’t focus on the parts you’d rather stay out of sight. Plus, the halter neckline on this style shines the attention on your sexy shoulders. That’s something to purr at.

Gap leopard halter dress, $70, gap.com


Ahoy, Matey!

Heading somewhere warm to beat the winter blues? No need to worry about any extra poundage you put on over the holidays. This sunny style features a halter neckline (eyes up!) and an empire waist (no belly here!).

Chico’s maxi dress, $129, chicos.com


Lady in Red

Create a little drama in this ruched halter style. The elastic waist is forgiving and the draping helps cover up your waistline.

Talbots matte jersey halter dress, $199, talbots.com


Frock Out

Winter wedding on your calendar? Kick up your heels – and feel free to eat an extra slice of cake – in this empire-style silk dress.

Ann Taylor Valentina dress, $215, anntaylor.com

Ann Taylor

Flower Power

Need a dress for work? For dates? For a wedding? For weekends? Done and done. This pretty number can be worn just about any time, any where. And, with it’s eye-confusing floral pattern and floaty shape, you’ll look lean, too.

J.Crew Maisie dress, $178, jcrew.com


Twist and Shout

You have tons of go-to T-shirts. Now, here’s your go-to dress. This twist-waist style offers a soft draping over your belly and curves and comes in five colors – work day dressing dilemma solved!

Lands' End Ponté dress, $89.50, landsend.com

Lands' End

Smock it to Me

Worried about your belly showing? Stop that! Just pick up this soft silk/cotton smocked dress that leaves ample room for anything, well, ample.

J.Jill smocked dress, $60, jjill.com


Pleats, Please

This relaxed style is oh-so-flattering with a stitched-pleat panel in the middle that adds instant whittle to your middle.
Coldwater Creek Duet knit dress, $99.95 to $109.95, coldwatercreek.com

Coldwater Creek

Strapless Style

Color blocking, when it’s done in the right place – as it is on this elegant two-toned strapless dress – is a great belly fat-hiding tool.

White House Black Market dress, $168, whitehouseblackmarket.com

White House Black Market

Party Girl

When the invitation says black tie or you just feel like dressing fancy, this flirty strapless dress is a winner. The bow draws the eye up and the pleating disguises imperfections around your belly.

BR Monogram bow dress, $168, bananarepublic.com


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First Published December 15, 2011

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TexasGal 07.05.2012

Most of these dresses would just accentuate the belly and make me look pregnant, when I'm not. Please, if you are going to show dresses that hide belly fat, get models who actually have a belly. Actually, I would love to see you show every shape of women in their 40's, 50's etc. Yes I would love to look svelte and as beautiful as the models in your magazine, but I don't. Might I suggest that in every issue you show one, or more, of your readers, no matter what shape they are in. Or even do one issue a year with just "out of the hat" picked readers as your models. As I have aged and have had several surgeries, my body has changed and I don't have a clue how to dress the new me.


Seriously? this model never had a belly. Yes this is what we all want to look like, but I haven't looked like her since 1987, the year I got pregnant. Now I look like I'm 8 months pregnant and yeah, I am overweight and undertall. This dress would make me look like a cow. I find the best camo is a lacy bias cut tunic that flows and doesn't cling. Fat and knit are not a good look. Wake up!!! Women in America do not look like this!!

kansas3 01.20.2012

None of the ladies shown have any fat on them, let alone belly fat. A couple were down right anorexic! I did look for some of the dresses listed with the companies given and found several that were not at the web site or were marked as clearance with no return allowed. Very disappointing.

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