How to Dress Your Belly 10 Pounds Thinner

Instead of wishing those extra pounds away, why not dress them away? Thanks to the clever use of draping, color blocking and styling details, the clothes here will shrink the body part you care for least—an appealing idea as we head into the holidays. Note: You can buy most of these looks through

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Camouflage with pattern

The detailed design through the midsection creates an optical illusion that hides your belly. If you’re not one to bare arms, top with a jacket or cardigan. Vince Camuto polyester sheath dress, $128;

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Add hidden control

Interior panels in these pants firm and flatten; the high waist defeats muffin tops. Lisette L rayon blend ankle pants, $116;

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(Color) block the bulge

The black side panels visually trim the waist to suggest an hourglass shape. The full flutter sleeves won’t grab upper arms. Shape Fx By Spiegel stretch ponte top, $59;

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Conceal with draping

When the fabric is folded just so, what’s underneath is nobody’s business but your own. Eva Franco polyester dress, $345; evafranco​.com.

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Conceal with draping

When the fabric is folded just so, what’s underneath is anyone’s guess. Paperwhite Collection rayon blend top, $158; 706-454-2200. 

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Add hidden control

Looking for an alternative to T-shirts? This top has a shapewear camisole underneath, and a knit overlayer hangs loose. Miraclebody Jeans cotton and modal top with shaping liner, $92;

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Size matters

A handy cover-up and carryall. Coach leather tote, $358;

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Panty Power

When you want tummy control but enjoy the benefits of a thong (no visible panty line), these are the skivvies for you. No wedgies, no digging, and the top won’t roll over when you sit down. Yummie by Heather Thomson high-waisted thong, $44;

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Patron Saint Marilyn Monroe

She was famous for many things, not the least of which was her voluptuous figure. Her weight reportedly fluctuated over the years, as did her size—from 6 to 16.

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The workout way

Planking is the best of the belly busters, according to New York City–based trainer Chris Russo.


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First published in the October 2013 issue

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