HOW TO HIDE BELLY FAT – Instant Cover-up Ideas




Many of us are so busy that we don’t have time to get to the gym or eat that perfect good for us breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  There are several instant cover-up ideas in this post that will help you hide belly fat in the way you dress.  These ideas will consist of blouses, blue jeans & shorts, dresses and swimwear that slims you down in a way that it will even fool you! If that’s still not enough to boost your confidence, there’s information about shapewear undergarments as being another alternative!




Many women over 40 are facing the excessive weight around the mid-section of the tummy whether it be belly fat, back fat, big hips, muffin tops or love handles.  Fortunately they have designed a fashionable wardrobe for women to choose from that hide those areas you don’t want seen.

You shouldn’t wear tight clothing, especially tops that hug the body.  They make all those problem areas standout.  You should wear soft free-flowing material that’s not too clingy such as cotton.

The layered look is very stylish and can be worn summer, winter, spring, or fall.  Long sleeveless vests or cardigans worn over semi-loose fitting tops also work well together and are great as instant cover-ups!

Empire and pleated tops are very nice choices to hide the tummy, hips, and muffin top waist.  Banded tops at the hemline are another option that magically conceals those areas we worry about.  Shirts that have a wrap around the middle also works very nicely and a good rule to remember, never tuck your shirts in unless you’re going for the half-tucked look, which by the way, is very cute.

Shop at Pinterest like I do and you will find all of these fashionable options at affordable prices.





Mid-rise jeans are your best friend!  They should be your number 1 choice if you are trying to hide the excess weight in your mid-section; belly fat or muffin tops.  Mid-rise jeans sit about 1 1/2 inch below the belly button, just  high enough to go over the muffin top or if you’d rather call it the love handles.  The extra height in the jeans keep that area from bulging over the top of your jeans.  These generally have a little stretch for added comfort.  I buy Levi Stratus from Walmart for about $20 and absolutely love them!  Of course if you like to shop the malls, you can buy yours for over $100!

Another jean you can try is straight leg skinny jeans.  Skinny jeans are stretchy and forgiven making them a very comfortable fit.  Also, they can make you appear taller and slimmer by lengthening your lower body.  These can be found at Walmart for about $20 bucks as well.

Wearing darker or two-toned jeans can also have a slimming effect.  Another important rule is, “It’s okay to have embroidery art or dazzled with jewels as long as its down the legs, and not around or near the top pockets or waist area”.  This causes on-lookers to look more away from your upper body.

When choosing pants try to stick to less pockets and no belt loops.  Always try to get by without wearing a belt because that only brings attention to your mid-section.  Longer pants, almost touching the floor will have a slimming effect too!

When shopping for that perfect pair of jeans or pants try to look for them without three-dimensional side seams.  This will help keep the sides in more with less bulk.

Lastly, I would recommend the skinny-tummy control jean leggings or “jeggings”, without buttons, zippers, pockets, or belt loops.  You’ll be surprised at how good they will look on you and very comfortable too!

A few tips for shorts

Much the same as blue jeans and pants; buy them high waisted with less dazzle, little if any front pockets (back pockets are okay), or belt loops.  Maybe a good option for you if one of your best qualities are your legs, wear shorter shorts.  It will bring more attention to your legs rather that your mid-section.

High waisted shorts are good for hiding the muffin top and the belly fat.  Many of these styles come in denim or casual like cotton cargo shorts.  Stretchy shorts (with elastic or spandex) is okay too, paired up with a nice pleated blouse.





A-Line dresses will work beautifully if you have that “apple body” shape.  You want material that is free-flowing (not clingy) and maybe some ruffles, pleats, or even the multi-layer look.

If you choose a skirt that you love but it doesn’t hide your belly or muffin top, just pair it up with a nice peplum top that flares out at the waistline or throw on a blazer or cardigan over a nice blouse.  You could even wear a balloon fitted top with it.  This would hide the tummy and hips very well.  I should know because I own one.

All of these fashionable options can be found at Pinterest, which I highly recommend you visit.





Swim-ware is a difficult subject for many of us.  We always try to look sexy and sometimes what our eyes see are not necessarily what other people see.  We know where our problem areas are no doubt, but others don’t.  So when we shop for swimsuits we try to go for that old and sagging look that gives us no shape.  In fact it makes us look “OLDER” and more out of shape than we are.  Try to stick to your normal style changing it up just a little.  People wouldn’t notice the extra weight you’ve gained as much.  If you’ve always been a bikini girl, high-waisted bikini’s and solid colors would help make those areas standout less.  If you are the more conservative type, don’t get carried away at hiding yourself because you hate what your body looks like.  Other’s don’t see it as bad as you do!  Just try disguising it a bit by adding some color like floral prints, vertical strips, skirt like bottoms, or dress like tops.  Just give it a try!  You’ll look sexy as ever and no one will ever see those extra pounds you are so worried about.

I went to Punta Cana last summer in Dominican Republic so worried about the extra weight I had gained, but did not show my worries.  I wore the same bikini’s as I had before from 5 years earlier.  I’m 46 years old now almost 47!  I won a bikini contest that blew my mind!!  I didn’t feel sexy.  I didn’t think I looked good!  But I just went with it and had a blast.  I danced in my bikini on the pool stage against 10 others some of which were in there 20’s.   I knew I would never  see those people again, so why not?  I WON THAT CONTEST!!  Just as you could!  You just need to let yourself go a little and try something on you wouldn’t normally try. I’ll bet you would look great in it!  The pictures above are just ideas.  Wear something that you will feel good in.  In the end, that’s what matters!  The pride you carry in yourself as you walk the beach or cross that pool patio or deck is what makes you SEXY!  So just go with what you feel and stop worrying so much.  I DID IT AND IT FELT GREAT!








There are tons of shapes, brands and styles specific to your problem areas.  If you are careful when buying them they shouldn’t be uncomfortable or suffocating.

This fitted undergarment will smooth your problem areas and make you appear slimmer, covering up that unwanted belly fat.  This will not only make you look good but it will also boost your confidence.

They are easy to find and priced pretty reasonable.  You can find shapes for all parts of your body. I’ve listed some of them below to give you an idea.

  • Full Body Control Slips
  • Shaping Skirt Slips
  • Shaping & Slimming Camisoles
  • Waist Clinchers
  • Shaping Shorts – For under jeans or pants

Also, check out this site about Corsets,…   This might be the thing for you to try!

And then there’s the “Belly Band” option that is VERY inexpensive!

Authors Note

I hope you found this post not only enjoyable to read, but also helpful when its time for you to go shopping for those outfits you need most.  I want you to feel good in what you wear and wear it with PRIDE!!  Thanks for reading my post and hope you return for some more great stuff that might be helpful for you.  Please leave me comments, suggestions, or questions below in the reply box.

Best of Luck!



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  • Jill Posted May 10, 2018 3:43 am

    This was such a help. Have been feeling dreadful about the extra weight I am carrying and dieting takes a while to lose the weight. These great tips on dressing to hide the belly fat are great and I will be trying them out.
    Thanks you.

    • Devara Posted May 11, 2018 1:57 am

      Hello Jill,
      Thanks for visiting. I’m glad you found my article to be helpful. I’ve recently tried an “Empire” style top and really love the way it fits and looks on me. It definitely helps to hide any mid-section you don’t like. Please let me know if you have any questions.

      Best wishes,

  • Noell Posted May 9, 2018 8:19 pm

    Great article and tips for everyone!

    • Devara Posted May 10, 2018 12:57 am

      Thanks Noell for the feedback and the interest in my article! Please stop by again soon.

      Best wishes,

  • Awa Posted February 10, 2018 8:13 pm

    Excellent! What I do sometimes is buy a dress size bigger… It makes you look slimmer than you actually are as it hides all of the body contours :-). Some useful ideas though and I intend to apply them when I shop next. Thank you

    • Devara Posted February 10, 2018 8:24 pm

      Great news! I’m glad you found it useful. Thanks for the suggestion on buying bigger dresses. I’ll have to try that next time I go shopping. I’m always open to new ideas to try…

  • Jo Posted February 10, 2018 7:18 pm

    I enjoyed this post lots. It has given me so many ideas. I have no time to work out in a gym, so the only option is to ‘cover up’ I need to go shopping to kit myself out for my trip to Spain next month.

    Great article, thanks.

    • Devara Posted February 10, 2018 8:11 pm

      Thanks for reading my article. I’m glad you found it helpful. I hope you find the perfect outfits for your trip to Spain. With my added “40’s” weight, I’ve found many tricks recently that really work well. Check out my post “3 Ways to Get Rid of Belly Fat”. There’s a recipe for ACV detox that really works! Drink it when you get up and drink it before bed. It has helped me a lot!

  • Bini Posted February 10, 2018 5:47 pm

    Your post really helped a big girl like me to have confidence in wearing what I feel is good for me. I will really try your tips on shorts when I will go shopping next time as I love wearing shorts but lost confidence with my extra pounds.
    Thanks again and Keep up the good work.

    • Devara Posted February 10, 2018 8:15 pm

      Thanks for reading my article. I glad you found the information helpful. Believe me, I’ve done lots and lots of research on the subjects I discuss on my website, since my “40’s” weight became an issue. I speak from true experience. You may be interested in “3 Says to Get Rid of Belly Fat” article as well. The ACV detox recipe really works good!

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