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I get asked the following question very often so I thought the responses might be useful. –
Q. My waist line is thickening as I age. Even though I haven’t gained weight, many of the tops and sweaters I used to love wearing seem to call unflattering attention to my mid section. Can you suggest flattering ways to wear them or should I just toss them all?
A. As we age, our bodies change in many ways. Thickening waist lines are very common. While you might want to consider purchasing some tops that provide a looser fit (Eileen Fisher, Chicos and J Jill to mention a few) there are some ways to make what you already own look more flattering.
- Get Fitted for a New Bra If you haven’t been fitten for a new bra in a while, do so. You can literally take 5 – 10 pounds off your mid-section with the proper support and lift, especially if you are short-waisted which many thick-waisted women are.
- Camisoles Can Work Wonders Many brands offer camisoles that are geared towards slimming the middle. Spanx and Soma brands work well. Even a camisole with a small percentage of lycra or spandex can smooth you out.
- To Tuck or Not to Tuck If you currently tuck your tops in, untuck them and pair them with a boot-cut pant or skirt to relax your look and call attention away from your middle. Your torso will look longer and thinner. If you want a bit more waist definition, try a big, bold belt which can often provide coverage for unwanted weight gain while adding style.
- Camouflage by Layering Jackets, sweaters, vests and other layering pieces are great for hiding waist weight. Long scarves draped loosely over tops that are tight can often hide a bulging midsection.
- The Magic of Darker Tops Darker tops can also help conceal your mid section.