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5 Ways To Fake That You Are Thinner Than You REALLY Are: Belly Edition

Tummy Troubles?

Me, I need to lose that baby weight. Thing is, I had my baby six years ago.

That post baby belly bulge has found a home on my waistline and decided to take up permanent residence. And each year, around New Years, I come up with the resolution to evict the flab. But do I adhere to a diet and/or exercise regime that will battle this bulge? Nope.

So until I get off my curvy yet fabulous fat ass and make some changes, I just have to fake it. I do a little of this, and also a little of that to hide, disguise and camouflage what I see as my body flaws.

Here are 5 ways that I fake it:

  • The Long Tank Top 1 of 5
    The Long Tank Top
    One of the things I swear by? Layers. I love my extra long super soft tank tops that I wear underneath my shirts, not just shirts that need an undershirt because they are too sheer or too low-cut, but I wear them under all sorts of things. It's especially handy for shirts that are a end right at the part of my tummy I'm trying to hide. The tank adds that extra couple of inches of coverage. My go-to brand has been American Apparels collection of cotton tanks, added bonus? They come in about 39 different colors from turquoise to a hot pink.
    Source: American Apparel
  • Black is the New Black 2 of 5
    Black is the New Black
    Black is the new black. Yes, you heard it here. No matter what hue may be popular, black will always be a main stay in many a women's wardrobe…especially mine. There is no doubt about it, black is slimming. Be it a top, pants, skirt or a dress, black can really darken the spots you don't want highlighted.
  • Higher Waisted Jeans 3 of 5
    Higher Waisted Jeans
    Okay, we all make fun of the "mom jeans," and really how could we not. But there is something to the high rise waist and a reason why the "mom jeans" exist, but it can be done correctly. I swear by J-Brand Jeans mid-rise dark denim jeans. They're comfortable, flattering and best of all, they are cut in such a way that seem to contain the belly. Yes, they are pricey (over $150) but you can often find them on clearance for half off at places like Gilt. I've also heard some great things about Not Your Daughter's Jeans , which were designed just for us moms.
    Source: J Brand Jeans
  • Distraction 4 of 5
    Distraction
    It may seem counter intuitive but if you find the right pattern, a bold busy shirt can disguise what's going on underneath. You just have to make sure they are not tight in the belly section, too flared (you don't want it to look like a maternity shirt), or shiny (since that will accent your unwanted bulges).
    Photo Source: Forever 21
  • If All Else Fails… 5 of 5
    If All Else Fails...
    If all else fails, there is Spanx. Personally, I only throw these one in case of a fashion emergency, I'm not a fan of how tight they are, they make me feel anxious. But if I'm going someplace for a short time and need an instant suck-in of my belly, Spanx really does the trick.
    Source: Spanx
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Photo credit: xenia from morguefile.com

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