Clothing to Hide Belly Fat

Save yourself hours of ab work with these belly-busting styles that will help hide your stomach while still flaunting your curves. It’s tummy-taming time!

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Tunic Trimmer

If your tummy gives you trouble, a flowing tunic should become your new BFF. This feminine style is lightweight, embroidered and, best of all, hides all kinds of sins.

Catherine Malandrino deep V-neck tunic, $345,


Slim Pickings

Anyone who has ever tried to smooth out a waistline knows undergarments are the place to begin. We’re keen on this camisole shaper that’s so pretty, you won’t mind if it shows.

Spanx Slimplicity lingerie strap camisole, $46 to $50,


Structured Style

You might think a baggy and boxy jacket will hide a belly, but something structured and well-tailored will actually be more flattering. This peplum style gathers at the waist, offering a little room to help conceal any belly bulge you might be trying to hide.

Eileen Fisher chambray jacket, $218,

Eileen Fisher

Wrap It Up

The wrap dress is a woman’s best friend –- especially when she’s trying to camouflage her tummy. This classic silk jersey style confuses the eye with its bold print and flatters in all the right places.


Diane von Furstenberg Jeanne wrap dress, $345,


Good Jeans

With twice the spandex of regular jeans, and all the style, this denim helps slim the legs, lift the butt and keep the tummy sucked in. Who couldn’t use a little help with all that?

Miraclebody Jeans by Miraclesuit plus-size Skinny Minnie slim-leg denim, $59,


Short Story

Send any nervous thoughts about wearing shorts away for good -– this pair comes in a longer length, fits slim through the hips and thighs and has a tummy control panel to keep your belly in check. Top with a flowing tank or top, add heels and you’re set for a summer night out on the town.

Style&co tummy control denim Bermuda shorts, $35,



Control Top

Spanx aren’t just for undergarments. The label boasts slimming shirts that will keep your tummy in check, even after that third cocktail at happy hour. And, with 10 different colors to choose from, you won’t feel silly wearing the same style again and again. Pass the peanuts!

Spanx On Top and In Control sleeveless turtleneck, $88,


Seams Like Old Times

Pull off a little body-disguising magic with a blouse that has lots of rouching. The gathers in this style help give the illusion of a thinner middle and the extra draping hides any pooches.

Express shimmer drape neck top, $50,



The Empire Strikes Back

This shirt is a study in curve flattery 101: An Empire waist and an A-line sweep hide any tummy issues, while the V-neck draws attention up to the face. Pair it with a slim bottom to even out the proportions. A+!
Ella Moss empire top, $99,

Neiman Marcus Last Call

Block Party

Color blocking is all the rage this season, and it’s also a great tummy taming trick. This dress is dark on the bottom, but lighter on top, drawing attention up and away from your middle.

Aiko colorblock chemise, $148,



Puttin’ on the Glitz

One easy trick to slim a stomach: Draw attention to your neckline. This embellished maxi dress has an eye-catching V-neck bib, and it’s easy silhouette is forgiving, too.

Calvin Klein maxi dress, $129,



Untucked Everlasting

When you’re hiding your stomach, an untucked blouse can work wonders. This style, with its ruched bow front and shirttail hem, slims and hides trouble areas.

Lafayette 148 Camilla tie-waist blouse, $175,

Neiman Marcus

Wrap Star

A wrap detail on a soft blouse can really hide a pooch. This style is light, yet tailored, and totally forgiving. Pair with a tummy-control tank for an even smoother appearance.


Lafayette 148 New York Causeway blouse, $90,

Saks Fifth Avenue

T-Shirt Slimmer

Love the comfort of a summery T-shirt, but loathe your belly bulge? This style trims a full tummy thanks to a hidden control panel at the waist. Wear it with shorts or jeans when it’s hot, or under a fitted sweater or long-sleeve top for a little extra support when it’s cool.

Yummie Tummie short-sleeve crew T-shirt, $76,

Yummie Tummie

Long and Lean

A tunic gives a belly a little breathing room, and extra detailing up top -– such as this ruffled neckline -- puts the focus on your face, not your middle.

Lauren by Ralph Lauren plus size Sadira tunic, $95,



Cocktail Comfort

When the invite calls for cocktail attire, reach for an easy dress with an empire waist to feel chic and comfy. This style also has a rosette detail and deep V-neck, so all eyes will be drawn up to your beautiful face.


Jessica Howard sleeveless dress, $90,


Flattering Fitnesswear

You might be doing some extra cardio to shrink your belly, and this workout wonder will help keep you motivated. The tummy control skort keeps you pulled together when you’re sweating it out.

The Girls tummy control skort, $28,

The Girls

Smooth as Silk

This pull-on, elastic waist dress is roomy enough to flatter lots of different body shapes and sizes, but still sleek enough to work at the office or at play.

Talbots Woman smocked silk dress, $108,,



Work It at Work

These curve-friendly trousers boast a hidden tummy control panel and a little bit of stretch, so they’re comfy and figure flattering.

Alfani curvy fit pants with tummy control, $40,


Pencil it In

Think you can’t wear a pencil skirt? Think again! This Spanx style in slimming black will whittle your waist with the help of a tummy taming-liner that will also pull in your hips and booty.

Spanx Bod-A-Bing! skirt, $68,


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First Published July 14, 2011

Share Your Thoughts!


Julie Bennet09.24.2013

This is absolutely beautiful. I have been looking into plus size shorts to wear under dresses. I really want to find more close that help hide my stomach. Thank you for sharing this great idea.

tml 08.29.2011

It's always a little disappointing to see these kind of articles with pictures of tall, slim [RE NO BELLY FAT TO HIDE!] gals! Wouldn't it be more effective if correct proportion models were used in trying to sell us on this type of clothing? Call me crazy but I'm more apt to pay attention to the products if I can see a believable before/after shot of what is being 'hidden'.

Anu Chandwani08.28.2011

One way to hide Belly Fat and take away attention from your Belly to some other attractive part of your body like a beautiful neck is by using a attractive scarf. A nicely knotted scarf will make a nice fashion statement provided you have taken care of contrasting the colors of your dress and the scarf. At Home Of Pashmina we have very nice large scarves that are suited for this purpose.
Anu C

Carmel 08.09.2011

I totally agree with Tish, could you get models who have a tummy to hide! Also models who are more 'mature' looking.Hard to take this magazine seriously when I see some of the same girls in my daughters "Seventeen" magazine!
I don't remember the last time I paid $345 for a shirt, I may be the only one who hasn't spent a pile on clothes lately but that price is more like my budget for the summer.

Tish Grier08.09.2011

another feature that almost exclusively features Spanx products! like other features, this one looks like an ad for Spanx disguised as a story. There are other shapewear solutions besides Spanx that are lightweight and do a great job of shaping a waistline. It would be nice, too, to have some models that might actually have *real* tummy bulge to worry about. Nothing like being told about tummy buldge fixes when the women in the pictures would probably have a fit at the slightest show of a love handel.

michele 07.31.2011

the striped blouse... not the best photo to use! her right side looks reallly weird with the flounce coming out of her breast! I wouldn't wear that! the stylist should be fired!!!!!

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