Fila Toning Collection
What: I tested the space dye toning resistance tight capri and the space dye toning resistance tank (pictured above).
Claims: “The Body Toning System utilizes double-layered panels of Invista’s Lycra® Sport fabric engineered to compress active muscles. It also provides more support than traditional athletic leggings made from polyester or spandex, effectively smoothing targeted areas. Flat seaming construction allows for greater comfort and range of motion. The compression! The breathability! Nothing jiggles,” Lauren Mallon, senior global marketing director says. Katie Holmes and Ashley Greene are reportedly fans.
Price Range: $40 – $55
Pros: The toning collection is made for real bodies (they even use fitness bloggers as models!) and the space dye toning is a super chic fashion addition to the collection. The collection uses a thicker fabric and strategically placed lines to give an overall slimming look. (Thanks to the thicker fabric there’s no way any cellulite is going to peek through.) I loved the pant’s wide waistband which didn’t roll down. The sleek ribbon-ing on the back of the tank isn’t just a fashion statement, it helps contour the body (read: say goodbye to any back bulge).
Cons: The thicker fabric takes a little while getting used to and probably isn’t ideal for your next Bikram class.
Slimming Superlative: It’s tight without being compressing so these styles get my vote for the multi-fitness-purpose apparel!
Check out the styles here.


What: I tested the ultimate legging and sporty tank (Diane pant pictured above).
Claims: The recently launched line (pronounced “epiphany”) pants use apifeni, a four-way stretch, moisture-wicking ShapeTechTM and SoftTech technology to provide seamless support for you core… while promising you’ll look a size smaller. “It’s comfortable without being constricting,” founder Danielle Dobin says. “Shapewear doesn’t imply wearing something that’s uncomfortable. These have just enough compression to be supportive and you can’t immediately identify them as workout clothes!”
Price Range: $45 – $98
Pros: The pants are flattering and functional! What makes these pants a standout is the high waistband-it goes all the way to right below your chest, which slims your midsection (read: goodbye muffin top). And since I’m always tugging at my pants when running (does anyone else feel like their pants are constantly falling or is that just me?) and am that super cool girl who will tuck in her shirt during handstands in yoga (I’m not at a belly-baring Britney Spears concert!), the high rise pants definitely solve those workout issues. While the pants are tight, they aren’t compressing, meaning they’re comfortable to wear during yoga when you need extra mobility. Plus, the look-good pants also make you feel good: apifeni donates a portion of their proceeds to Women for Women, an organization dedicated to helping women survivors of war.
Cons: While the high waist makes the pants look a bit like maternity wear on the racks, don’t be fooled! It took me a little while to get used to the high waistband (and it’ll add about 5 seconds to your bathroom trip). The tops use a cotton/spandex or supima cotton/modal fabric (depending on the style) which are extra flattering and comfortable, but not the same slimming material used in the pants.
Slimming Superlative: These pants were made for yoga wear (amongst everything else). No more belly baring during inversion poses or butt reveals during spin class!
Check out the styles here.

Just remember: although the products help you look smaller… they won’t actually producing lasting results. You still have to work out to stay (and look) healthy!

More from mizzFIT.** Related Links:
Find Your Fitness Fashion Style
Boost Your Slim Down With This Workout
Are You Wearing The Right Sports Bra?

For daily Fitness tips follow SELF on Facebook and Twitter.

Get SELF on your iPad!

Would you ever wear shapewear to exercise?

We turn to shapewear to smooth out lines under our clothes—so why not at the gym too? There are plenty of brands that come with built-in shapewear (some of them even say their styles will slim you to an entire size smaller)—and, because they’re made for sweat, they have flexible fabrics that wick away moisture.

For me, comfort is the No. 1 thing I consider in workout gear. I don’t want anything that rides up, falls down, or puckers or rolls in any way whatsoever. I hate tugging on clothes when I’m trying to work out, and I don’t like feeling constricted. So that’s pretty much why I’ve always shied away from anything that might have sucking-in capabilities.

But I surprised myself when I turned to a shapewear leotard thing for my morning run today. It was more of a MacGyver kind of moment: My cold-weather running pants felt too low and slippy on my hips, and I knew I was going to be irritated and messing with them while jogging. My solution was the shapewear, which ended up providing a kind of traction for my pants that kept them exactly where they needed to be. And when the pants did slip a little bit, it didn’t matter, because there was fabric there—I didn’t feel the need to tug.

Another surprising thing: I liked the way the shapewear made me feel more, um, aerodynamic (OK, fine, less jiggly). I ran farther than I’d planned.

Exercise-shapewear convert? I’m not sure—but since I’m always on the quest for the Most Perfect Workout Gear Ever, I’m happy to have the option in my exercise arsenal.

What do you think: Is donning shapewear for a workout a do or don’t?

Photo: Thinkstock

June 3, 2010 — Women who wear a tight girdle-like “shaper garment” while walking on a treadmill burn more calories than they would without it, new research shows.

The shaper garment, called ShaToBu, is designed to make muscles work harder when walking, University of Virginia researchers say.

Fifteen women, average age 39, took part in two 15-minute treadmill walking tests. In one test the women wore the shaper garment; in the other they wore their usual undergarments. There was a 15-minute rest period between the two tests. During testing the treadmill speed remained constant at 3 mph and the treadmill incline was varied every five minutes (0%, 5%, 10%).

According to the study:

  • Women burned between 3% and 16% more calories walking on a treadmill while wearing the ShaToBu.
  • The most significant calorie-burning benefit came when the women wearing the garment were walking at a 10% incline.

“We tested this shapewear garment under controlled scientific conditions and showed that when women wore ShaToBu, the energy expenditure increased significantly during walking, which translates to more calories burned,” says Arthur Weltman, PhD, director of the graduate exercise physiology program at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.

The ShaToBu, which is not intended for use during vigorous exercise, contains seamless resistance bands designed to make muscles work a bit harder during natural movements, like climbing stairs or walking. This extra exertion burns more calories.

The research was supported in part by a grant from Mayfair Tech Inc., an affiliate of Doris Hosiery Mills, Ltd., in Canada. Mayfair Tech makes ShaToBu.

A public relations firm in Canada calls the ShaToBu the “workout you can wear” and says it can help women work increased calorie-burning efforts into their normal activities.

The research was presented during the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Baltimore ending June 5.

This study was presented at a medical conference. The findings should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the “peer review” process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.

Let me first start off by saying I love my body: every curve, every dimple, and every roll on my belly. Yes, that’s right. I’m a fitness editor and I have belly fat. I eat mostly clean, I work out five days a week, and yet I am not sporting anywhere close to a six-pack — and that is totally OK. While I wholly accept my body, I’ve found that when my midsection is not supported and covered up during workouts, my stomach becomes an annoying distraction.

It’s simply not comfortable for me to be in Downward Dog or doing heavy lifting and have my stomach hanging over my waistband, or worse, have my waistband digging into my skin. To avoid this issue, I opt to wear high-rise leggings that have a touch of compression. Doing so keeps my stomach tucked in and supported and allows me to focus on what’s really important: my workout. It also doesn’t hurt that high-rise leggings look perfect with crop tops and longline sports bras. Over the years, I’ve found a few brands that simply outperform others. If you’re like me and prefer a little extra fabric up top, this is the guide for you.

14 sure-fire ways to hide your belly with the right clothes

Want to hide your belly and still look fabulous? Then read on!

Why would you want to hide your belly?

Many women after 40 experience weight gain on their bellies, especially after going into peri-menopause or menopause.

Your waist may disappear and you will start to develop more characteristics of the apple body shape.

Thankfully there are many things you can do to hide your belly, so that it doesn’t get in the way of looking fabulously stylish!

Check out my 14 tips on how to hide your belly with the right clothes.

1. Don’t wear tight or clingy garments over your belly and choose tops with ruching or drape

If you want to look stylish and highlight your strengths, it is best not to wear tight tops.

They will accentuate every fat bubble you have and draw attention away from you and your fabulous clothes.

Rather choose tops that have some draping or ruching.

Jaye (above) shows off her lovely figure with a v-neck blouse.

This could be a good option if you are looking to hide a belly as a v-neck is flattering and the waistband is just below the bust rather than on the waist itself.

Here is a tie waist blouse from Nordstrom that can give you a similar effect of hiding your belly.

Hide your belly wit the right tops

A crossover top is very effective and this one creates asymmetrical vertical lines which is an extra bonus.

Plus, you can choose a top which comes in lovely autumnal shades.

For more fall 2019 color ideas check out the best colors for women over 40 this season.

Crossover ruffle blouse

Below is a variation of a regular t-shirt that is much more interesting and more effective at hiding bellies.

Draped t-shirt

2. Wear leggings or skinnies with longer, draped or asymmetrical tops

Leggings or stretchy pants that tuck in the tummy will be your best friend.

They will fit comfortably around your belly and tuck it in a bit.

Also, with so many wonderful tunics and long tops to choose from, you will look fabulous. No-one will notice your belly!

Estrella (above) wears a long tunic style blouse along with her slim jeans.

If you are wanting to hide a belly you could draw attention to other areas like she has with her stylish leopard print accessories and her headband and earrings.

Check out this similar collared blouse and skinny jeans.

For more tips and examples see how to wear leggings

Choose the right leggings that tuck in your stomach

I personally love the leggings of Stella Carakasi.

The fabric is solid but stretchy and they are high enough so they tuck in your tummy.

You can get them cropped or in full length. The 3 buttons at the knee make them fashionable too! I wear mine for both sports and casual outfits.

Find out our top picks for the best tummy control leggings

Another favorite amongst my readers are the Zelia Live in Leggings.

For a very affordable option that has 1000s of good reviews on Amazon, you can’t beat the Satina high waisted leggings.

Choose the right tunics that make you look good in your leggings!

Look out for asymmetrical tops and sweaters.

Wearing leggings underneath can let your hero pieces, like this longer asymmetrical top (below) stand out.

This piece can easily be layered with a longer cardigan or shorter jacket and is the perfect canvas for a statement necklace (which further distracts from your belly.

Asymmetrical tunic

Leggings can work as part of outfits designed to hide your belly during any season.

If you are in the southern hemisphere or heading off on a vacation to warmer climes, you can still use draped tops over leggings to hide your tummy.

Also, check out these recommendations for the best shops for women with the apple body shape.

3. Create vertical lines to hide your belly with long cardigans, jackets and ponchos

Layering is very effective to disguise a belly, and is much easier to do during fall and winter, when you will want to use layers to stay warm.

Georgette (below) breaks the “rules” for hiding a belly somewhat by wearing a double-breasted coat, which can possibly make you look wider.

However, the lovely gold buttons draw the eye up and down rather than across. She also draws attention upwards with her stripe top and to her long legs by wearing red shoes.

Get a similar trench coat from Amazon.

You can add a cardigan or a jacket.

Waterfall or straight designs can both work and will create a nice vertical line which will create the illusion of length and distract the eye from your belly.

Long straight cardigan

Below are some examples of outfits where you create a long lean line and hide the belly.

Layering for fall and winter

It’s much easier to hide your belly in fall and winter as you can layer your clothes.

Julia (above) wears a cardigan over a floral dress and this overall look works for her because it hides her belly very well.

Check this similar drape cardigan, printed swing dress, and knee high boots to recreate this look.

Creating vertical lines with cardigans (as discussed above) works really well, but you can also wear shorter jackets to hide a tummy.

If you pop a biker jacket over a longer top, you confuse the eye so that the different lengths hide your belly.

Layers are definitely your friend when it comes to hiding a belly.

Faux Leather Moto Jacket – Asymmetrical Tunic – Skinny Stretch Jeans – Phara Tassel Lariat Necklace – Block Heel Bootie

Below, the longline cardigan will create nice long lines.

Open Front Cardigan – V-neck tee – Bootcut Jeans – Small Le Foulonne Leather Crossbody Bag – Oval Hoop Earrings – Hilty Booty

The longer your cardigan, the longer and leaner you will appear, although you usually don’t want to go longer than 2/3 from the height of your shoulders to the bottom.

Short straight cardigans will hide your belly too, but will have an overall more boxy silhouette.

You can layer in summer and winter

If you happen to be in the summer hemisphere or are on vacation, this tip is for you too.

You can still layer in spring and summer, you just need to choose lighter fabrics.

Instead of a cardigan you can choose a vest. A long vest is perfect for creating long, lean vertical lines, but you can opt for shorter waterfall vest too.

For more options on wearing vests you may like to check out this article for lots of options on how to wear a long vest.

Layer your (sleeveless) top with a sleeveless vest. This wrap vest from Vince Camuto can be combined with many tops and will look great over skinny pants and jeans.

It has the benefit of being asymmetrical too which makes it even more flattering.

Asymmetrical wrap vest

Below is an option for spring or fall weather.

Tonal shades can be great for giving you a longer, slimmer look.

Create a column of color with your shirt and pants, and then add a sleeveless cardigan in a hue from the same color pathway.

Wearing clothes in similar shades is also a good tip for how to dress if you are petite

Blue Knit Vest – Utility Shirt – Stretch Crepe Slim Ankle Pants – Crossbody Bag – Charm Pendant Necklace – Rookie Bootie

Choosing a top in a darker color will help to hide your belly, while the sleeveless cardigan on top will help to create lean lines.

A scarf or statement necklace will draw attention up to your face and away from your tummy area.

Sleeveless vests work well for all seasons. For winter, you can wear over a sweater while you could look for a lightweight version for summer.

Read our article on the best shops for the apple body shape

4. Don’t emphasize your tummy by adding accessories like belts right on top of them, rather belt higher

When choosing a coat, top or cardigan, you don’t have to avoid belts altogether.

Simply make sure that the belt sits a bit higher, so you aren’t drawing attention to your belly at its widest point.

Again, patterns can help to take attention away from a larger tummy too and in combination this can do the trick.

Kim (below) shows how you may be be able to get around that rule by belting your outfit and then layering a jacket over the top.

Here is a printed maxi dress that is perfect to match with a leather belt and a denim jacket.

Also take a look at how to wear a denim jacket.

Play around with where and how you fasten your belt to see what looks most flattering for you.

The belted cardigan below is available in a variety of colors.

Belted cardigan

5. Dresses that hide belly bulge – Choose dresses that don’t cling and/or have a draping element

Make sure that your dresses don’t cling around the tummy area. Dresses with a draping element around the tummy area often work.

The dress below drapes beautifully for a more flattering silhouette.

Cascade wrap dress

Asymmetrical dresses work well too as they draw attention away from the belly and create a vertical line.

Dresses that don’t cling and which also have patterns are also great to hide the tummy area.

Jacqueline (below) has found a draped dress which flatters her bust rather than drawing attention to the tummy area.

Check this similar drape dress.

The dress below is draped just right to draw attention away from the belly and creating flattering vertical lines.

If you add a statement necklace at the top, you will further distract the eye from the belly area as the eye will be drawn upwards.

Draped dress

You may also like our article on how cover up your arms.

6. Wear tops over your skirts and pants and don’t tuck them

Tucking draws attention to your (non-existing waist again) so better to avoid that.

This is because if you tuck in your shirt, you will create a line across your tummy at its widest part.

Instead, leave your top outside of your skirt or pants.

Brenda (above) leaves her shirt untucked and creates lean lines with a sleeveless vest and long tassel necklace.

Here is a similar bell sleeve top you can try to copy her look.

However, pay attention to overall balance and don’t let your top end at the widest point of your hips, as that may also be unflattering.

You can also layer your untucked top with either a long straight cardigan or jacket or even with a shorter top.

A short blouse that loosely falls on your tummy like the blue top below will work really well for many women.

Left: V-neck blouse Right: cropped top, white cigarette pants, Fly London shoes

You’ll notice that my cropped top ends at my waist drawing the attention there and not at my tummy.

The asymmetrical hem and the fact that I just wear one column of color underneath further enhances that look.

7. Flattering clothes for big stomach – Don’t wear garments that are bulky around the tummy area

You don’t want to make that area even bigger with pockets or other embellishments.

However, a vertical loose drape like the below sleeveless vest could work as it elongates and does a good job at hiding.

Draped cardigan vest

8. What to wear to hide a big stomach – Choose asymmetrical tops to hide your belly

Asymmetrical tops create vertical and diagonal lines and break up your silhouette so they are great for disguising tummies.

You could try this asymmetrical sweater below.

Asymmetrical fringe sweater

You can find many more asymmetrical tops and dresses here

Great shops for asymmetrical items include:

  • Nordstrom
  • Eileen Fisher
  • Stella Carakasi

9. Use pants that tuck the tummy in

The pants you wear can make a huge difference to how big your belly will appear.

Be mindful of not buying pants that end at the middle of your belly and create a huge bulge.

Instead you want to wear pants that have a higher rise and hat are capable of tucking your tummy in.

Find out what are the best tummy control jeans in stores now.

I already mentioned some of my favorite leggings that are strong enough to do this under #2 above, but skinny pants can do this job too.

You can also consider tummy tucking jeans. Some of these jeans have an elastic waistband, and some have a regular fastening but are made from stretchier fabric with clever control panels.

The NYDJ range is one of my favorites as it incorporates “tummy tuck” technology.

Want more ideas on how to tuck your belly with the right pants, check out the best pants to hide your belly here

10. Use tops with prints

Prints are very effective in hiding bellies and you should definitely consider adding a few in your wardrobe.

If you combine a printed top with one of our belly hiding tips above, no-one will notice your tummy!

I’m currently loving this printed top from Amazon. It’s great to wear on its own, doesn’t cling and can easily be layered with a jacket or cardigan too.

11. Use shapewear

Spanx tummy control pants

Of course, shapewear like the short that tucks the tummy in above, is very effective too in hiding the belly but, as I personally find it uncomfortable, I only use it for very special events.

For options on shapewear please read my article on the best shapewear for women over 40.

12. Highlight something else

When you think about how to hide your belly, it’s easy to become so focused on doing that you forget about everything else.

You may not be confident about your tummy, but what about the parts of your body that you do like?

Cassie (below) not only uses a moto jacket stylishly and effectively, but she also draws attention to her slim ankles with her white boots.

Get this similar printed dress, moto jacket and booties to copy her look.

Could you show off some cleavage, highlight your shoulders or showcase your lovely legs?

That doesn’t mean wearing a mini skirt, but you could wear some lovely printed jeans to show your legs and a plain top so that the eye is drawn to your legs rather than your belly.

It’s all about hiding what you don’t like and drawing attention to what you do like.

13. Think about where your sleeves end

When you are thinking about hiding a tummy, you are probably focused on whether your top or dress drapes over your belly area or whether it clings.

However, don’t forget about your sleeves. If your sleeves end right at the point where your belly is at its widest, you will only draw attention to this area.

Look instead for sleeves which end above your belly or below at your hips. The right sleeve length for you will depend on your arm length and where your belly is biggest.

Printed long sleeves wrap top

14. Choose flattering brands

It goes without saying that some stores and brands are more focused towards women with supermodel-type figures, while others are better at designing for women who want to skim over certain parts of the body.

Some of my favorite brands which create clothes to hide a belly are.



Karen Kane

Alex Evenings

Eileen Fisher

Stella Carakasi

Want more ideas on how to hide your belly with the right clothes?

There are some great ideas here in this video from 40+Style stylist Ruth.

What are your best tips to hide your belly?

Further reading:

  1. The Best Tops To Hide Your Tummy
  2. The Best Dresses To Hide Your Tummy
  3. The Best Tummy Control Jeans To Give You A Smoother Look

P.S.: If you carry most of your weight around your belly, you are most likely an apple body shape. Download our extensive guide for the apple body shape below for many more tips on how to dress for your shape!

Like this article on how to hide your belly? Save it on Pinterest!

This article contains affiliate links

Feature image by Estrella

Want to get more articles from 40+style in your inbox, subscribe here.

You can also connect with 40+style on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

Support 40+style by using the links in our articles to shop. As an associate for Amazon and many other brands, we receive a small commission (at no cost to you) on qualifying purchases which enables us to keep creating amazing free content for you. Thanks!

IUGA Yoga Pants with Pockets, Tummy Control, Workout Running Leggings with Pockets for Women


The Yoga pants are the ideal fitness pants for women who do yoga, weight lifting, lunges, cross training, running or anything that involves bending over, any type of workout, or everyday use. The material is thick enough that not see through if you bend over, but not too thick that it becomes hot and uncomfortable.

We have thought through the small details in each high quality piece we create to fit with your distinct lifestyle and sense of style. Our yoga pants include a hidden pocket in the waistband and 2 outside pockets to stash your essentials and go wallet free. Our yoga pants are created from a blend of 4 way Stretch Fabric and is designed to remove moisture from your body, providing maximum comfort. Elastic waistband for comfortable fit, stretchy construction for greater freedom of movement.

The better our line performs, the deeper yogis can go with their practice, and the more profound the effects of yoga are in their lives. A team of technical engineers research and develop new pieces that continue to evolve performance yoga wear forward to the future. Each piece compresses, lifts and shapes the body, while keeping muscles warm, enabling the wearer to perform at their maximum. Everything is anti-microbial and dry-wicking. Our fabric is designed to contour perfectly to your body, giving you a streamlined look.

IUGA is a lifestyle brand that combines Style, Comfort and Performance. The High Quality Activewear is perfect for Fitness Enthusiasts and Everyday Athleisure as it is Affordable and Accessible. Operating at the cross section between fashion and function, IUGA aims to please both The Everyday Fashion Consumer and The Ultimate Exercise Enthusiast.
Developed by Yogis for yogis: A Wide High-Rise Waistband with Tummy Control and a Hidden Pocket, these yoga leggings are perfect for active women. Featuring the Super Soft and Skin Friendly material, the workout leggings are Moisture Wicking with Four-way Stretch material that promotes both compression and support. In addition, a Gusset Crotch to maximize Free Movement and Interlock Seams to minimize Rubbing and Chafing, making these leggings for women become The Perfect Yoga Pant.
Ultra-Stretch Fit (Enough Thickness with Air Breathability: Non-See-Through) that Slims and Conforms with each pose, movement and contour. Plus a Hidden Waistband Inner Pocket to stash your keys, cell phones or any essentials.
All IUGA yoga pants are sold with a 30-day, Full-Money-Back Warranty and can be returned with No Arguments. We also offer World Class Customer Service to make your purchase Without Your Worries. Therefore Don’t Miss This Chance, simply just add these Workout Pants to your cart by clicking the “Add-to-Cart” button and BUY IT NOW!
***ATTENTION*** Please ensure the leggings that you are purchasing are “Sold by IUGA” and “Fulfilled by Amazon”. Products from SELLERS OTHER THAN “IUGA” are not The Same Fits, Colors, Fabrics and Qualities. And please be notified that so far we still haven’t authorized any third parties to sell “IUGA” products.

Shapewear for working out

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *