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How to Avoid Muffin Top

Prevent unsightly skin spillage with these fashion fixes.


  • 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.
  • TIP: Raise your arms to test the cami's coverage.
  • 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!
  • FACT: The American Dialect Society named "muffin top" one of the most creative new phrases of 2005.

You Will Need

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

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