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What to wear to flatter a rounded stomach

Published by cheree
Published on 16 April 2008

Hiding a rounded stomach is a style conundrum we all come across every once in a while. Whether you're naturally curvaceous, have just had a baby, or simply have a bloated belly, the chances are hiding it is one of your first fashion worries.

Style conundrum: What to wear to flatter a rounded stomach

style advice for a rounded stomach hiding large belly pg Luckily if you want to hide your stomach there are tons of easy styling shortcuts you can play around with for instant slimming and skimming.

To flatten and flatter your mid-section curves you need to know which cuts, colours, designs and trends are going to work for you every time.

That's why we spoke to the professionals at Navabi to hear their style secrets for hiding a rounded belly.

Dresses that hide your tummy

style advice for a rounded stomach hiding tummy The main style rule for taking attention away from a large stomach, is to go for A-line dresses and empire designs that loosely drape over the stomach and hips.

Navabi also suggest going for wrap front dresses like Christina's above, as they draw the eye to your decollete and away from your stomach - they also have the added power of being able to create a lovely waist.

Take your stomach hiding cues from curvy celebs like Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon and Christina Aguilera. They all have shapely figures, but know that clever styling trickery can make a rounder tummy vanish in an instant.

Kate Winslet's empire line dress (right) skims her stomach, while the sequin detail below the bust and on the sleeves, draw the eye upwards and away from her middle.


style advice for a rounded stomach When it comes to tops, shape, cut and colour play can work wonders to hide a large stomach. Navabi say blouses that flare from below the bust are best to make a rounded stomach disappear in an instant. Don't go for tight fitting shirts or tops as they will only draw attention to your mid-section.

One easy way to slim your shape and give you a waist is to play with illusion colour blocking. Reese Witherspoon wore this blue hued dress post baby with clever black detailing that slims her shape and draws her waist in. The effect is very convincing - giving her a heavenly hourglass shape.

When it comes to colour and pattern, Navabi suggest soft shades on your torso are more flattering. Vertical stripes, simple patterns, small dots and abstract floral prints are a perfect choice if you want to embrace patterns.

Trouser tricks

The fail-safe trouser choice for hiding a tum? High-waisted trousers. The added support helps to hide the stomach and creates a lovely silhouette. Go for a narrow cut leg to make your legs look longer.


Of course a guide to hiding a rounded stomach wouldn't be complete without covering off the best shapewear choices.
As well as your standard Spanx shorts and knickers, try stomach-flattening tights which can support and pull in your tummy.

Best fabrics

In general, avoid elaborately draped fabric in the stomach area and choose pieces with vertical seams instead as they make for a slimmer looking figure.

Keep an eye on the fabric: close-fitting materials like jersey or stretch are also not very flattering. In addition to that, shiny fabrics like satin, especially in lighter colours, make your stomach look bigger than it is.

Try avoiding pieces made of 100% viscose as well, as they have the exact same effect. Instead, choose lightweight fabrics like lace or chiffon. They do not add any bulk and are still feminine.


Accessories are perfect to accentuate your best parts and distract away from a rounded stomach. If you love your legs then opt for dresses teamed with statement high heels. Stay away from waist belts – they emphasize the middle of the body instead of distracting away from it.


There are quite a few styles of beachwear to conceal a rounded stomach. The most important thing to keep in mind is to draw eyes away from your middle. How to do that? Choose swimwear with detailing on the top and bottom and leave the centre plain.

One-piece swimsuits are always classy and they are available in plenty of different colours, cuts and shapes. Most one pieces now have tummy control fabric inside the lining, which covers up the stomach and creates a more even silhouette.

The same applies to tankinis which also work perfectly to flatten a rounded stomach. Special tip: swimsuits with vertical stripes also help to create a slimmer middle. If you don't want to reveal too much skin, just throw over a lightweight beach cover-up when walking along the beach.

Styling secrets for a rounded stomach?

- Single-breasted jackets
Opt for single-breasted, slightly tailored jackets and blazers that narrow at the hips to give your form a more fluid shape.

- Get in line
Go for A-line skirts and dresses or choose tunics and blouses that flare slightly from below the bust.

- Balancing act
If you've got a tunic or A-line blouse on top team it with a high-waisted pencil skirt or high-waisted trousers to balance out your shape.

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