How to Dress to Hide a Thick Waist

by Kimberly Caines ; Updated September 28, 2017

Wearing a belt makes your waist appear smaller.

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If you are dieting and exercising to lose weight from your midsection, it may take a while before you start seeing noticeable results. Until you get the desired results, you can dress to create the illusion of having a smaller waist. The key is to focus on the parts of your body that you like and to choose clothes that flatter your current body.

Items you will need

  • Shapewear
  • Belt
  • One-colored or two-toned clothes
  • Wrap-style tops
  • Earrings and necklaces
  • Ruffle-collared tops
Step 1

Put on the shapewear under your clothes. Shapewear has a built-in control panel that tucks and streamlines your belly. Women can wear control panties or shorts and men can wear girdles or compression shirts.

Step 2

Wear a belt to accentuate your waist for an instantly slimming effect. Dresses and jackets that are tied or belted at the waist have a similar effect.

Step 3

Wear one-colored outfits because these have an all-over slimming and lengthening effect. Opt for darker colors because these are slimming. If you want to wear multiple colors, go for a dark color on the bottom and a lighter colored top.

Step 4

Avoid clothes that are too tight around your waist because these may cause extra belly bulges and accentuate your protruding belly.

Step 5

Don tops whose waistline sits underneath the breasts and that flare out over the belly, or consider wrap-style tops. These both hide thick waists and make you look slimmer.

Step 6

Avoid tucking in your top because this draws attention to your waist. Whether you are a man or woman, wear tops that are form-fitting, but not too tight. Allow the top to fall naturally over your belly.

Step 7

Draw attention to other parts of your body to take the focus off your waist. Wear bold earrings and necklaces or tops with a ruffled collar to draw attention away from your belly and onto your upper body. Carry a large bag, as a small bag makes your body look bigger.

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