Here's the good news about being a bit thick around the middle: It's easy to disguise.
You Will Need
* Clothes that elongate your figure
* One-piece swimsuits
Visually distract from the roundness of your torso with deep V-neck tunics, blouses with asymmetrical bottoms, and wrap-around sweaters. Avoid turtlenecks and busy patterns.
Don't wear tops shorter than your hipbone.
Elongate your figure with sheath dresses that come with a matching long coat or jacket. Empire-waist dresses are also flattering.
Wear tailored jackets that nip in at the middle, and leave them unbuttoned. This will create the illusion of a waist.
Choose jackets that are the length of your fingertips when your arms are at your side.
Choose trousers and skirts whose zipper is on the side or the back to avoid calling attention to your stomach.
Wear belts that define your waist, like belts around coats and dresses, but avoid them on pants, since they can add bulk to your waist. Look for low-waisted skirts and pants, which cut across the stomach making it look half its size.
Favor one-piece swimsuits, which are good at camouflaging a round torso. Try a surplice style, which is a wraparound bodice. It helps minimize a large stomach.
Fact: The record holder for the world's smallest waist measures just 15 inches, approximately the circumference of a regular jar of mayonnaise.