For mamas with an apron belly, it can leave you feeling even more down in the dumps. You may have been overweight before pregnancy, or the weight you gained and then lost could have left you with this souvenir.
Regardless of why you have an apron belly, it is something you can work on getting rid of in time. However, until you do, you may be wondering how you can dress to disguise it.
To hide an apron belly while pregnant or after having a baby, follow these tips to dress for success!
How to dress to hide an apron belly?
You can regain your confidence simply by knowing how to dress in a way that won’t make your apron belly stand out. Here’s how!
- Get a belly wrap
Soft fabric belly wraps or hanging belly belts are essential items that can fit right underneath your clothing, with no one being the wiser. They’re soft, elastic, and breathable, helping you hold up sagging skin. And they can reduce swelling while relieving your back pain too. You really need this thing! I wrote about some in this post, so be sure to check them out!
- Wear high-waisted underwear
You can also wear high-waisted underwear that has a stretchy elastic band. This will help tuck that apron belly in and also keep that area from chafing and sweating to keep you feeling comfortable.
- Go for ruching styles
Ruched fabric that drapes itself creates a much more flattering look. When you wear tops that have this style rather than tight and clingy clothes, it can easily conceal your apron belly.
- Know the golden rules for choosing tops
If you want to hide an apron belly and aren’t a huge fan of ruched styles, there are other ways to pull it off. Crossover tops also work well to mask things, as do longer or asymmetrical shirts. These take the focus off of your midsection in an instant.
- Go high-waisted with leggings
After having a baby, it takes time to shape up again. It also takes skin a while to return to what it looked like. That said, leggings can slim things up and keep you comfortable while looking your best. Choose the kind that provides a high-waisted fit that will tuck your stomach in.
- Create vertical lines
Vertical lines elongate the body for an instantly slimmer look. Using long jackets or cardigans can easily make this happen for you.
- Watch where you wear accessories
Belts may add more fashionable flair and style, but a belt right over the top of your tummy will just accentuate what you want to hide. Instead, when you need to use a belt to keep your pants up, you must set it higher than your tummy. For example, go for high-waisted jeans and use a belt, ensuring it is set higher than the apron belly to pull this look off.
- Don’t tuck things in
Tucking things in at the waist for pants and skirts will make the apron belly stand out. Let them hang over the waistline.
- Avoid bulky clothes
Clothes that are bulky in the midsection are not suitable for you. It will draw more attention to the area. What you want are vertical, loosely draped looks instead.
- Create a diversion
For the styles of tops mentioned above, choose ones with prints. This will have a slimming effect.
- Let another area shine
If you want to hide your apron belly, put the focus on another part of your body. Maybe you have killer legs, so show those off. Or, if you do not love any of it, choose a top that reveals your shoulders instead. One with prints would be even better for drawing attention away from the apron belly and bringing your assets into focus.
There’s certainly more to know about getting rid of an apron belly, so for tips on that, head to my other post about it. In the meantime, these hints for hiding an apron belly by dressing for it will help you through it!
Leslie Berry lives with her husband and two young daughters in Los Altos, California, where she loves helping other moms get comfortable with motherhood and embracing the insanity with facts peppered with laughs.
She loves eating too much sushi, exercising, and jamming out on her Fender. Read more about Leslie here.