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5 Simple and Stylish Ways to Conceal the Dreaded Muffin Top

hide conceal the muffin top love handlesI have to admit that I had never even heard of the phrase “muffin top” before I had my daughter. I actually called it my “love handles” and since back then I didn’t have too many of them to love, the phrase kinda worked. Now, there’s nothing to love about that excess skin and fat bulging out of most of the pants, jeans or skirts I want to wear, so “muffin top” just seems a much more appropriate term.

Since I’m barely 5’3″ and naturally petite, my friends hate to hear me complain about my post-baby body because from the outside it seems like I’m thin and in shape. The reality, and my huge secret, is that I’m really good at dressing to hide and conceal all that flab and bulges I just can’t find the time or energy to get rid of. That’s also why you will hardly ever see me walk around freely in my bathing suit because I haven’t found a real way of accepting and showing what’s underneath all the clothes.

Admittedly, my hardest challenges are lifting my behind and concealing the much-hated muffin top. I keep thinking I will find the time to truly commit to exercising — because it’s truly the best and healthiest way to eliminate those love handles — but, well, it just hasn’t happened consistently enough, so I’ve been getting really good at figuring out the best ways to hide the bulge. Yes, I will share my muffin-top-busting secrets with you so you too can enjoy the look sans the bulge.

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  • Levi’s Jeans, Skinny-Leg Mid Rise 1 of 5
    Levi's Jeans, Skinny-Leg Mid Rise
    Forget the low-rise jeans. Really, just ditch them. Instead, opt for a mid to hi-rised style that sits at or above your belly button. Since I practically live in jeans, I'm always looking for the perfect fit and just tried these Levi's Mid Rise Skinny and loved that not only did they lift my behind and totally smooth out my muffin top, they also comes in Petite sizes so I didn't have to spend more money getting them hemmed. Yep, they felt so made for me!
    Buy it here for $54 at Macy's
  • SPANX Higher Power High-Waisted Power Panties Shapewear 2 of 5
    SPANX Higher Power High-Waisted Power Panties Shapewear
    Use smoothing shapewear. You know, the kind you can barely breathe or move in and that makes you so uncomfortable when some one goes to hug you because you know they can feel the elastic bands suffocating you. I do love these and have a drawerful, but you definitely need to proceed with caution and they aren't to be worn every day.
    Buy it here starting at $34.90 (price varies with size) at Amazon
  • Converse® One Star® Women’s Short-Sleeve Top 3 of 5
    Converse® One Star® Women's Short-Sleeve Top
    Empire waist and loose fitting shirts are not only comfortable, but oh-so-forgiving! I do long for the day when I can just wear a white ribbed tank top over my jeans and feel completely at ease again, but even when wearing my Levi's Mid Rise Skinny jeans I feel more comfortable with a looser shirt to complete the effect.
    Buy it here for $22.99 at Target
  • Kirna Zabete for Target® Sleeveless Maxi Dress 4 of 5
    Kirna Zabete for Target® Sleeveless Maxi Dress
    Opt for dresses instead of skirts or shorts during the summer. I've never been a tight-fitting dress kind of girl, so I keep gravitating towards the same cute, flowy dresses that have always been my style and now I'm happy they're also perfect to hide the bulges.
    Buy it here for $49.99 at Target
  • Stephan & Co. Facet Statement Necklace 5 of 5
    Stephan & Co. Facet Statement Necklace
    Layer your tops and distract with jewelry. Stock up on a good selection of camisoles, tank tops and cardigans. Add some cool necklaces and earrings that will grab all the attention. I particularly like this "mom uniform" idea and how she layers for comfort and ease.
    Buy it here for $18 at Nordstrom

I’m sure I’m not alone at the battle against the dreaded muffin top, so please share with me in the comments below how you hide or eliminate it. 

A big thanks to Levi’s for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion. 

{Photo by Foxtongue on Flickr}

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