Hello Style Ravens! It’s El here. I hope my post finds you well.
I received a mail from a friend who asked if I had any tips on changing up her style in a way that flatters her changing body. Particularly, she wanted tips on how to hide her post-partum “pooch” “without looking ten years older than her age.” I am sure most women can relate to this. Whether or not you recently had a baby, at a certain age, once women start gaining a little more weight belly fat becomes a real issue. For post-partum women, it’s even more serious as it becomes “the pouch” that just won’t go away! It influences what outfits you can and cannot wear. I am a victim of stubborn post-partum belly fat and for a life-long “lepa shandi” like myself this problem is even more troubling. It really can be quite frustrating but it doesn’t have to be. You just need to adapt your wardrobe to styles that allow you to flaunt your assets while minimizing your liabilities and that’s exactly what I’ve learned to do.
Celebrities and media personalities like OAP Toolz Oniru have mastered the tips and skills needed to put their best bods forward. For instance, Toolz who’s the spokesperson for Shape You wears a belly shaper to accentuate her waist, almost religiously.
Every woman should know how to “package herself well” which is why I have put together five must-have wardrobe essentials to help you deal with excess love handles or belly fat or flabby tummy or whatever you choose to call yours.
Especially for special occasions and anytime you have a fitted dress on, belly or body shapers are a must have. Find one that offers a very firm control for your belly without making you feel like you are short of breath.
Peplum Top or Dress
Peplum tops and dresses easily create a magic effect that makes the pooch look non-existent. Actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde is a big fan of peplums, a quick look through her photos and you’ll notice, she’s got a thing for them. You have to try different brands and cuts to find which works best for your body type. Aim for a peplum top that begins to flare exactly where the pooch begins.
The Structured Blazer
The deep “V” cut of the structured blazer gives you a trim look while hiding the pooch. Invest in colors and fabrics that can be worn year round. Pair the blazer with tight fitting pants/skirts and high heel shoes that make you look extra leggy and take attention away from your mid region.
Statement accessories include jewelry, hand bags and scarfs that add unique and bold accents to your basic attire. They have the ability to steal attention and make your problem areas hide in plain sight.
The wrap dress just has a really special effect in that it reveals the curvature of your hips while the overlapping portion of the wrap distracts the curious eyes from the pouch that lays beneath it. OAP Toolz Oniru is a big fan of wrap dresses. Get wrap dresses with bold prints or patterns as such designs add more drama and a camouflage effect to the attire.
Here’s hoping these quick fashion tips help you stay on top of your style game while you keep doing exercises known to burn belly fat.
I am off to do some belly crunches.
Photo credit: 1: Aliexpress, 2: FashionRedCarpet, 3: IG Omotola, 4:Wmagazine 5: Amonpoint.com/Toolz IG
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