But as common as muffin tops are, dressing to hide one can be a bit of a challenge. Often what we find in stores is fitted clothing that looks great if you're a size 4, but if you have even an extra pound on your frame you may not want to wear such show-everything clothing. So here are my top 5 suggestions to mask your muffin top and keep your cool this season:
1/ Add a Belt - Contrary to what we may think, drawing attention to our waist and adding a belt to a loose tunic or other flowy shirt can help us to look slimmer and keep a squishy middle under control. The trick? Wear a belt that's at least 2" wide, wider if you're a rock star or a goddess (it's all about your scale). It creates waistline definition while acting almost like a corset and holding you in.
2/ Layer a long Cami - Ok, so I mentioned that most of us don't want to add an extra layer, but sometimes it's ok. Like when you're wearing a tissue thin burn out cotton tee, or a thin-as air top that actually requires some coverage. When you do, add in a longer tank that will instantly slim you, especially if it's a shapewear tank that has midriff support. Wear one in a fun color and no one will know you're even wearing shapewear - they'll just see how sleek and svelte you look!
3/ Soft Waist Bands - One thing that works to create a muffin top is when your waistband is a bit tight. Opting for a skirt with a soft waist band can help to create a smooth look and will be more forgiving without sacrificing style. Pair this with a cute top for a chic look.
4/ Banded Tops - When you want to hide a little jiggle around the middle, wear a cute top that is banded at the waist. The band gives it structure while it softly flows over the rest of you and can be a forgiving look. * If you're busty, avoid banded tops with lots of fullness or gathers at the bustline or you risk looking prego.
5/ Top it Off - Sometimes just adding a second layer can cover up lumps, bumps and bulges that keep you from feeling confident. But instead of piling on something hot and heavy, opt for a lightweight knit or even gauze short sleeved topper that gently skims your body and leaves you looking tres chic! To keep your cool and avoid bulk wear a tank underneath. You could also layer a long sleeveless vest over a short sleeved shirt for a fun look.