The Best Plus Size Styles to Hide Your Stomach

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The Best Plus Size Styles to Hide Your Stomach

Too much style advice is focused on hiding and camouflaging so-called flaws. Long-time readers know how much I loathe those words. Any outfit that starts from a place of shame like that isn't going to look good. Mind you, the exact same combination of clothes can look stunning on you if you approach it from a different angle.

Don't worry. I'm not about to tell you to wear something uncomfortably tight in the name of showing the world how confident you are. Around these parts, we believe that comfort and confidence go together like peanut butter and jelly.

So you came here looking for ways to hide your stomach. Your stomach doesn't need to be hidden away. What your stomach needs is clothing that gives it room to move and breathe. But not too much room - we're not hiding our bodies in oversized baggy clothes like it's 1987.

woman wearing a print dress
Why am I shaped this way?

It may help to understand what's going on with your tummy in the first place. There are 3 reasons why your middle could be an issue when picking out clothes. The first is that you may be apple shaped. Bodies come in different shapes and sizes, and since most women's clothing is designed with the hourglass figure in mind, apples may feel like there's something wrong with them. There isn't. You have fabulous legs and relatively slender arms.

The second reason is that you're over the age of say 40/45. Congratulations! You've lived long enough to develop a bit of a tummy. The third reason is that you were pregnant at some point in your life. Well done! You grew an entire human being inside you. That's as impressive as it is icky. 

These things aren't anything to be ashamed of, and neither is your stomach. Let's dress it in clothes that are not uncomfortably tight - you'll feel better. You'll also look better because ill-fitting clothing is not a good look.

woman wearing a white dress
Which styles should I be wearing?

Anything without a defined waist is going to be your new best friend. Remember, we're not trying to look like we're hourglass shaped. We're trying to look like our clothes fit properly. A sheath-style dress like the Maxi Tank Dress, Jewel Neckline Maxi Dress, Short Shell Dress, T-Shirt Style Dress, Trapeze Dress, or 3/4 Sleeve A-Line Maxi Dress will skim over your stomach, giving you plenty of room. 

When it comes to separates, go with tunics. Tunics with a little extra length such as the Sleeveless Tunic or Short Sleeve Tunic won't ride up, exposing your stomach. For casual looks, try a Handkerchief Hem Tunic.

Elastic waistbands are sure to give your middle all the room it needs. Our Pull On Pants, Slim Leg Pants, and Skirts all have elastic waistbands that are both polished and comfy.

Hide in Plain Sight

These styles "hide" your stomach because clothes that are too tight over your middle draw attention to it. When your clothes fit properly, people notice how good you look and then go back to looking at your lovely face. As it should be.

Check out our other posts about dressing your apple shaped body.


Thanks for always being so personable and in touch with your customers. It’s a great attribute at anytime.
Stay cautious and well.

—Yvonne hillmann,

“Impressive as it is icky.”

I love your approach to dressing the body we HAVE rather than what we HAD, wished we had, or thought was “normal.” I am normal. ANd I’m pretty. And I’m fashionable! AND I HAVE A BELLEH.
Whatevs, folks. We can have it all.

—Kate in mi,

Really enjoyed the blog today about dressing for a stomach that is not flat. Very good ideas!

—Frances rainbolt,

The sleeves on your shell dresses should be longer than they are now…over the elbow to hide those heavier arms.

—Roberta bernstein,

Aren’t the new emerald green things beautiful?? During these very stressful times, I find getting up at a regular time, getting ready for your day, wearing something beautiful and comfortable from the Plus by Design collection and using Jen’s advice about scarves and jewelry really helps. We feel better when we look better and we need to be models of kind and supportive behavior to others. Love to all and stay safe !❤️❤️🌹🌍

—Kristy healy,

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