How to Avoid Muffin Top

Prevent unsightly skin spillage with these fashion fixes.

You will need

  • Pants that fit
  • Camisoles
  • Belly bands
  • Cropped jackets
  • Long blouses
  • Wide waistbands

Step 1 Take the breath test Take the breath test: If you have to use extreme inhalation to zip your pants, don’t wear them, especially if they’re low-rise. When you exhale, there’s no place for that flesh to go except over the waistband.

Step 2 Wear loose trousers Wear loose-fitting, mid-waist trousers with enough room to accommodate a wider waistline; the slouchy fit means no bulging belly.

Step 3 Wear pretty camis Wear a long camisole underneath tops that are too short to cover your mid-section, a common problem with low-waisted pants. Or take a tip from pregnant women: Wear a belly band under blouses that just makes it look like you have a cami peeking out. Find them in lingerie sections or make one yourself out of an old camisole or fitted t-shirt.

Step 4 Pair cropped jackets with a long tops Pair cropped, fitted jackets with long tops. They’ll provide the coverage you need while still looking youthful and stylish.

Step 5 Go wider Choose slacks and skirts with wider waistbands. Remember, muffin tops belong on plates, not people!