Clothes to hide or cover a large waist or fat belly

Updated February 21, 2017

Women come in all shapes and sizes--from pear to hourglass to inverted triangle. Women who have large waists or a larger stomach area are known as apple shapes. There are smaller apple-shapes such as Angelina Jolie and larger apple shapes such as Rosie O'Donnell. Get a slimmer look and flatter your waistline by paying attention to which clothes work best with your shape and how to wear them.


Shapewear is a newer version of the girdle and comes in a variety of sizes and styles. Most varieties are almost seamless and lie flat against the body. This type of clothing uses compression, rather than the boning of waist cinchers, to achieve a more slim look. Shapewear can target different parts of the body, such as the midsection, backside and legs, and are generally worn underneath the clothes.

Creating a Waist

Wear a belt outside a dress or long blouse to create a waist. This divides your body into two and gives the illusion of a waist. Wear an outfit that emphasises the smallest part of your body or your best features. Wear solid-coloured clothes, such as a jumpsuit, to elongate the waist and pair the outfit with pointy-toed heels. This gives you height and draws attention away from the stomach.

Other Tricks

Think dark, solid colours like black to help slim your silhouette. Also choose clothes that sit close to your body to show off your waist. Wear tops that cinch you at the thinnest part of your waist and flair out a bit over your stomach. Buy skirts that hit just above or below the knee. Wear patterns on the lower half of your body to draw attention away from your stomach.


Choose jeans that are wide-legged, boot-cut or straight. Stay away from low-waisted jeans, which only draw more attention to your wide waist and will look unflattering. Also do not wear skinny jeans, which are smaller at the bottom and accentuate your hips and torso.

What Not To Do

Do not wear baggy clothing. It makes you look larger if there is no definition throughout your body. Stay away from bulky sweaters, billowy blouses and skirts that hit at the widest part of your calf. Also, avoid horizontal stripes, especially around your waist. The lines draw the eye to the width of the waist rather than your streamlined silhouette.

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Christina Martinez has been writing professionally since 2007. She's been published in the California State University at Fullerton newspaper, "The Daily Titan." Her writing has also appeared in "Orange County's Best" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and print journalism from California State University.