An expertly curated list of dresses to hide a tummy

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    Struggling to shift that extra weight around your abdomen? You’re not alone – as we get older, losing those extra pounds can become more and more of a struggle, and it can leave your confidence at an all-time low.

    But that stubborn area shouldn’t have to affect your style. With some simple tricks and tips on choosing the best dresses to hide a tummy you’ll soon be brimming with confidence, and looking fabulous!

    If you have an apple-shaped figure or carry your weight around your stomach, you probably spend far too many hours searching for dresses that aren’t going to cling around your middle. Shopping isn’t always easy.

    Finding great dresses to hide a tummy is not all about hiding your stomach, either – it’s about showing off your assets. Yes, we’re talking about the enviable cleavage and killer legs your pear-shaped friends would kill for. Read on to find out how to hide a tummy and make the most of your best bits with our guide to finding the best dresses for an apple shaped body on the high street.

    Best dresses and tips to hide a tummy

    Wrap dresses

    Flattering on most body shapes, a wrap dress is a great wardrobe staple. A well cut wrap dress will fit and flatter up top, then skim over your middle area. A deep v neckline is great if you have a larger bust, but works just as well if your bust is non-existent and you find V-neck styles show too much flesh. Just add a simple plain vest top underneath, in either a neutral or contrasting colour.

    SHOP IT NOW: Midi Floral Dress, £69.99, Mango


    Striped dresses

    This mid length shirt dress with a gently flared skirt and tie belt to highlight your waist is a great wardrobe addition. Cool Comfort™ technology makes sure the fabric feels breathable on your skin. Available in a longer length as well as regular, great if you are tall.

    SHOP IT NOW: Linen Striped Belted Midi Shirt Dress, £39.50, M&S

    Pleated dresses

    Pleats will skim and not cling around your tummy area. They also create a natural vertical line that will draw the eye line downwards and elongate your body.

    SHOP IT NOW: Lilac V-neck Dress, £39.99, H&M

    Empire line

    Drawing attention to the smallest part of your torso directly underneath your bust. With an empire waistline, the rest of the dress should have a floaty A-line fit.

    SHOP IT NOW: Multi-coloured Printed Dress, £49.99, Zara

    Bold prints

    Don’t shy away from patterns and prints. A busy print acts as a sort of camouflage and helps to hide a multitude of sins, including helping to disguise a tummy. Wearing print is also an easy way to inject vibrant colours into your wardrobe.

    SHOP IT NOW: Floral Print High Neck Midi Dress, £55, Per Una at M&S

    Accessorise all areas

    Keep the eye line draw upwards toward your face (and away from any areas you aren’t too keen on) with a pair of statement earrings. There are so many gorgeous styles to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

    SHOP IT NOW: Mixed Pendant Earrings, £17.99, Violeta by Mango

    Happy shopping!

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