Many of my clients feel sensitive about their belly area. Perhaps you have always struggled with your weight, your body changed due to becoming a Mom or your metabolism has slowed down. No matter how well your body is working or what other elements about it are beautiful, you may only see your belly.
I used to be the same.
Here’s the thing: your belly is part of you. It may not be your favorite part, but you are human and you have flaws. It’s okay to be sensitive about this area of your body. However, it does not need to define how you feel about your body as a whole.
Even though I am injured right now and am definitely not fit, I am proud of my body for how well it is working. I am able to get around for the most part despite my knee not working so well. I am able to do my work, hug my loved ones and engage in many of my favorite things.
How We Solve It:
- Create a waist by wearing a tailored jacket, but respect your belly by wearing an untucked top
- Try high-waisted jeans or trousers to pull in the belly and create a smooth line
- Wear tops or dresses with shaping at the waist to trick the eye into seeing a waistline
- Layer a belt or self-tie at the waist to distract from your pooch
Tailored Jacket Over Untucked Top:
The jacket points to the waist here either highlighting or creating a waist to balance your shoulders and/or hips. The loose or untucked top underneath keeps the line even, ending the proportions at your hips for a pleasing and balanced look.
High-Waisted Jeans or Trousers:
If you have belly issues, I highly recommend this brand: Not Your Daughter’s Jean. They have a particular construction that smooths the belly and lifts the bum to make you look and feel gorgeous! Truth: they are the only jeans I wear.
Shaped Top or Dresses:
Using a faux-wrap or set-in waistband can create or highlight a waist, which hides your belly issues. With a little extra fabric layered over the belly, you have extra coverage to feel more comfortable. The v-neckline draws the eye away from the waist and towards your face, while simultaneously tricking the eye into seeing an hourglass shape. Cool, huh?
Layer a Belt or Use a Self-Tie:
Employing a belt or self-tie seems counter-intuitive with belly issues, but can actually serve to distract from the belly itself. The self-tie will sit on top of the belly, so you don’t actually see the curve and the belt at the waist sits just above the belly, so the flare of the skirt provides coverage. This takes some confidence, so may be a tactic you need to work up to if it feels daring right now!
Try It Yourself!
Above are some of the simple and easy tactics I use with clients (and on myself) to deal with belly sensitivity issues. There are many elements, tricks and tactics we can employ to help you look and feel your best every single day — these are just a few. Try them and see if they work for you!