Clever dressing is the key to making the tummy appear flatter. It may be tempting to disguise those extra pounds under thick layers or baggy clothes, but this actually has the opposite effect. By considering cut, colour and material, and trying to emphasise curves instead of concealing them, finding the perfect stomach-flattening dress needn't be difficult.
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Dresses that gather around the tummy area should be avoided, as these emphasise the roundness. A trapeze shape, such as a baby doll dress, is perfect for flattening the stomach and slimming the legs. A deep V-neck or detailed neckline will attract attention to the chest and not the stomach. An empire line dress, where the waist line is just under the bust, lets the material skim over the tummy; wrap dresses have a similar effect. To streamline the silhouette, try an asymmetrical structured dress.
Dark colours are more slimming than light shades, but this doesn't mean black is the only option. Dark grey, deep red, bottle green and navy are all great for reducing volume. Choosing a colour that suits skin tone and hair colour will boost confidence. To avoid adding bulk, stay away from busy patterns and dress with more than three colours.
It is important to stay away from synthetic fabrics, which can become shapeless after washing, and thin, clingy materials which will highlight any lumpy areas. Firmer, structured fabrics containing lycra are the most flattering.
Supportive underwear and tights can be the key to feeling and looking great in a dress. A wide range of control pants, shorts and even full body suits are available to smooth out lumps and bumps and help the dress skim over the curves. A wide belt to cinch in the waist disguises a rounded tummy. Knotting a funky, brightly coloured scarf around the neck or donning a pair of fabulous shoes will draw attention away from the stomach. Attention to detail when it comes to hair and makeup will do the same - and increase confidence too.
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