Tuesday, March 8, 2011

More Flattering Tummy-Hiding Clothes

This morning I was lying in bed when Pigtails crawled over with a huge smile and gave me a big fat zerbert!!!  This is probably payback for all the times as a kid I used to "knead" my mom's belly like it was bread dough.  Yes, I have a mommy belly.  It's not huge but when I do something like NOT sit up straight or a yoga plank, it likes to come out for a visit.

And as much as I run and do sit-ups, I may never really get rid of it completely, thanks to my love affair with food (especially carbs and desserts... oh, and I like beer too!).  Don't get me wrong, I'm happy with myself, mommy belly and all, but I do like to try and wear clothes that are flattering.

As a follow-up to a post from a couple weeks ago where my friend, Gingham, asked me to come up with flattering tummy-hiding pieces, I thought I'd offer up a few more ideas...

THE MAXI DRESS.  I'm excited that the maxi dress is a hot trend for spring because not only does it make everyone appear longer and leaner, but it's extremely comfortable.  Either a dark solid color or simple pattern is perfect for obscuring a belly.

DRESS - Charlotte Russe (exact)
DENIM JACKET - Gap (similar)
NECKLACE - hand me down from my grandma
DAISY STUD HEELED CLOGS - Forever 21 (exact)

THE BUBBLE TOP.  Loose but still flattering, especially with the right neckline. A scarf is also perfect for distracting away from the belly.

BUBBLE TOP - Nordstrom (similar)
SCARF - Nordstrom 
JEANS - Goldsign
DAISY STUD HEELED CLOGS - Forever 21 (exact

THE PATTERNED BABY DOLL.  Fitted at the top and flaring at the bottom, this is a great way to accentuate the chest and distract away from the mid-section.  Be careful though, you don't want it to cinch too much otherwise you could risk looking pregnant.  

BABY DOLL TOP - Old Navy (similar)
OFF WHITE CARDIGAN - Old Navy (similar)
RED EARRINGS - Forever 21

I wore these polka dots and got to participate in the Everybody, Everywear event!  Super fun (and really nice of Linda at The Auspicious Life to let me participate last minute).

I think the most important thing is to feel good about yourself.  Because confidence always trumps trendy.  And if you feel good, then guarantee you're going to look good too!


Daphne said...

This is a great post. My closet is filled with 'tummy hiding' pieces all purchased after birth(s) when I realized even though I might be back to my old size my tummy will never be a washboard. I personally love bubble tops the most. Babydolls the second.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

I've been having my mommy tummy since before I was a mommy :D heheheh

Closet Fashionista said...

Love these!!! :D That maxi dress is pretty!

Heart Charlie said...

I love the maxi dress!!! You are the master of styling tricks ;)

Courtney Erin said...

Love that maxi dress! The pattern is great!

xoxo ~ Courtney

Courtney Erin said...

Love the maxi dress - the pattern is so pretty!

xoxo ~ Courtney

Moniek said...

Great outfits! Love the maxi dress for sure!


Adore the maxi dress & the baby doll top. I love those two styles, -they are chic & comfy, which makes me oh so happy! You look absolutely gorgeous in your Maxi dress. xx veronika

The Suburb Experiment said...

The comment about the plank position made me laugh. After kids I definitely don't look down while in that pose. :)

I love the maxi dress and how you've styled it. Very pretty!

JenniferAnhDo said...

cute post!! great advice!!


Anonymous said...

I'm having a mommy belly too since I was little, its just my posture that causing it, sit ups and doing abs workout doesnt do me any good, the solutoin stay away from carbs lol and do tons of cardio

LyddieGal said...

i love that maxi dress, the print is so pretty!

Chic on the Cheap

Angelica Ng said...

Oh yeah, these are great pieces to conceal a little tummy! I don't actually have one, but I still love these pieces! Maxi dresses rule!


rachel said...

Oooo, cute dress! and i love that polka dot baby doll top. i totally want to get both!

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

You ROCK those dots Girl! :) What an adorable baby bump! Greetings from a fellow polka girl from EBEW!


P.S: I'm giving away a $500 FOLEY + CORINNA bag for my blog's Birthday! Would love to see you joining the fun! :D

Annabelle Fleur said...

Love your outfits! Just beautiful!!! Now following, maybe you'll have time to visit my blog:)


Claire said...

Thank you, Gabby for your sweet compliment BUT I'm actually rockin' a POST BABY BUMP (or maybe those 5 cookies I just ate after dinner - hee hee). But no worries, I'm totally laughing about it :)

However, I'm now rethinking the polka dot shirt for "hiding a belly." maybe it doesn't work as well as I thought (or maybe I should take Angga's advice, and cut down on the carbs).


Linda said...

You look terrific! I need to learn to hide my bump too...but mine's not a baby bump. It's more like a bagel bump!
I'm glad the picture made it to EBEW. Sorry for the delay! The picture was just too narrow, so next time if you make it a little wider you should have no trouble!
The Auspicious Life

Brittany D'Lynne said...

Love the maxi dress on you! I just can't find one long enough for me! Love it with the denim jacket :)

Brittney said...

i love all of these, but that maxi dress is so flattering on you especially! honestly; they hit me a few inches too high on my leg, but you're the perfect height/size for that one. and the polka dotted babydoll? adorable. love it.
http://adayinlifetoo.blogspot.com (my daily outfit blog...must find myself a maxi dress...)

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I suppose belly dancing helps keep fitness and it's also good for our health.Wonderful!