How do I hide a muffin top?

No matter your shape, you might have a little “extra” in your midsection that you want to keep under wraps. But don’t worry—there’s a fashion fix for everything! Muffin-tops (not the kind out of the oven) can easily be concealed with a few key pieces and stylish silhouettes.

Here are a few tips to keep your muffin top concealed.

How to Hide a Muffin Top

Best Tops to Hide a Muffin Top

Before we really dive in, let’s get one thing cleared up. We consider a “muffin top” that extra bit of stomach that bulges from the top of your jeans and doesn’t mean that you have a thick midsection. The goal is to flatter your figure with fabrics that flow over your curves. Now let’s talk tops!

Avoid Clingy Tops and Go for Wovens

The key to keeping anything concealed? Avoiding anything clingy and going for structure or flow. Woven tops and blouses that skim your midsection instead of clinging to an area that you’re trying to disguise. Craving a little more structure? Try a front-tuck with your top or add a lightweight, cropped jacket as an outer layer.

Stylist Tip: Complement a flowy top with a fitted bottom—pencil skirts and skinny jeans strike the perfect balance when paired together.

Wear Tops that Emphasize Your Bust

Draw attention away from your muffin top by adding more emphasis to your bustline. Choose a silhouette that sits at smallest portion of your waist and floats over your midsection. Trapeze and peplum tops are perfect options to reach for to emphasize your bustline.

Layer on a Camisole

Keep things sleek and smooth, with a little help from your undergarments! Try out a shapewear camisole for a super smooth line from your bust to your waist.

Stylist Tip: Layer on a kimono for a breezy pop of color, that also conceals a muffin top without overheating!

How to Hide a Muffin Top

How to Hide a Muffin Top in Jeans

A muffin top’s worst enemy? A pair of low-slung and too-tight pants. The first thing to do if you’re looking to hide a muffin top—get rid of your super low-waisted jeans!

Go for High-Waisted Jeans

It’s time to embrace one of the chicest modern staples: the high-waisted pant. High-waisted jeans flatter everyone and keep everything tucked into place. 

Choose Jeans with Stretch in the Waist

One of the main causes of a muffin top? When the waistband on your pants is simply too tight. When you try on new pants, look for a pair that has a little bit of stretch in the waistband for some literal wiggle room.

Pair Low-Rise Jeans with Longer Tops

If you’ve got a thing for low-rise jeans that you just can’t quit, make sure your tops are a little longer to accommodate your lower rise. When a shirt that’s too short is paired with bottoms that are too low, the attention heads straight to your hips and any other area that you might want to avoid highlighting.

Stylist Tip: On the hunt for a new top? Raise your arms to test out whether your top is too short—your belly button shouldn’t make an appearance.

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How to Hide a Muffin Top in a Dress

Ready, set, grab a dress! Dresses are our favorite throw-on-and-go piece and they’re serious workhorses when it comes to flattering every shape. Get ready to get the scoop on the best dresses to hide a muffin top!

Go for an Empire Waist Dress

Just like reaching for a pair of high waisted jeans, an empire waist dress that sits just under your bustline avoids a too-tight fit around your muffin top.

Try a Timeless Wrap Dress

The universally flattering wrap dress is a classic for a reason—it defines your waistline and creates an instant hourglass frame.

Add a Cropped Jacket to Wear On Top of Your Dress

If you’re looking for added coverage, look to a cropped or tailored jacket to add some shape to your frame. Jackets that narrow at the waistline (like a tailored blazer) or a cropped jean jacket will bring the attention away from any extra baggage you may have.

With a few easy style tricks, your muffin top will be no more! It’s all about looking for the perfect silhouettes to expertly conceal your not-so-favorite area.

—Brittany & Anne

Have any tricks of your own for concealing a muffin top? Tell us!

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