5 Styling Tricks To Hide A Tummy

Struggling to shift that extra tummy weight? As we get older, losing those excess kilos can become a struggle, leaving your confidence at an all-time low.

But that stubborn weight shouldn’t affect your style. With some clever styling tricks, you can learn to dress in a way that hides tummy problem areas and leaves you brimming with confidence – and looking fabulous! Our failsafe wardrobe choices will ensure an instant uplift.

Find a well-fitting jacket


Stretch jacket, R800, Studio.W at Woolworths

Don’t be tempted to always go for baggy – oversized styles can do more harm than good! A fitted jacket like this will slim down your shape and gently skim over problem areas, and a waterfall cut will flatter a tummy bulge.

Draw the eyes elsewhere

Striped blouse, R329, H&M

In this case, oversized is good! This striped shirt from H&M will skim over your shape – just avoid wearing it with flared pants, as you’ll look frumpy. Instead, go for a pair of slim-leg trousers to balance out your look.

Layer up


Formal blazer jacket, R450, Kelso at Edgars

A jacket, coat or cardigan that you can wear open will draw the eye to the small visible section of clothing you’ve got on underneath, seemingly taking inches off instantly. Soft spring coats are a must-have, and this one is perfect for drawing the eyes inwards.

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The power of draping


Styling tricks to hide a tummy: tunic dress

Belted paisley tunic dress, R429, David Jones, Woolworths

Belted paisley tunic dress, R429, David Jones, Woolworths

Strategically-placed draping is the fashion equivalent of a tummy tuck. This dress will accentuate your waist and skim over the tummy area, leaving you with an hourglass shape.

Experiment with clever box pleating


Tulle skirt, R329, H&M

Choose a skirt with a thinner waistband so it doesn’t accentuate a tummy bulge. This pale blue, full-length skirt has clever pleating that’ll draw the eye to your hips rather than your tummy.

Not sure what to wear between seasons?

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