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Old 07-25-2013, 12:21 AM
 
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Hey ladies!

I really need to update my wardrobe, but I'm having a hard time finding clothes that fit my shape well. I'm almost petite (5'4") and I have a slender frame. However, I'm also cursed with a slight apple shape (I'm thinner in the legs, butt, and hips...but have a bit of a round belly).

Sizing is hard for me, because larger sizes tend to be too loose in the butt and thighs, while smaller sizes tend to squeeze my gut and give me a muffin top.

Can anyone recommend stores or brands that are good for hiding a belly? I've had luck with Banana Republic so far, but I'd love more ideas. Perhaps stores that run similarly in their sizing?
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:25 AM
 
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Unfortunately I can't help you much for clothing except that sundresses help and are cooler in hotter temperatures. With me though, I notice that depending on what I eat my belly can get bigger even though I may not gain weight. Processed food, especially things like chicken strips, fish sticks and fries, can make my stomach bigger even if just temporarily and make it hard to fit into pants I normally wear. When I cut back it's not as bad. I've now reached a temporary solution where I'll eat things like rice with veggies before work (I work overnights) and that will help keep me full AND not bloat my stomach so much. Things like drinking regularly can also make it worse for me even though I'm very thin otherwise. Good luck.
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:28 AM
 
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Its hard to find pants that hide a belly. Shirts with an empire waist could help. What size pants do you usually wear?
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:41 AM
 
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How about just correcting your diet and lose some body fat?
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Old 07-25-2013, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Greater LA area
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belly exercises? Youtube has tons of examples
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:10 PM
 
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Osito - Good points. And yes, I have found that dresses flatter my shape a lot better than shirts and pants.

easternerDC - I'm usually a size 4, but it depends on where I'm shopping. A petite 6 also works for me at some stores.

boxus - Even during my teenage years, when I only weighed about 100 lbs, I still had a protruding tummy. I think I might be genetically designed to hold a bit of extra weight around the torso. Sadly, short of liposuction, I don't think the tummy bump is ever going to go away completely.

oh-eve - I currently do yoga and pilates, but if you have other ideas, I'll try anything once.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:20 PM
 
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Osito - Good points. And yes, I have found that dresses flatter my shape a lot better than shirts and pants.

easternerDC - I'm usually a size 4, but it depends on where I'm shopping. A petite 6 also works for me at some stores.

boxus - Even during my teenage years, when I only weighed about 100 lbs, I still had a protruding tummy. I think I might be genetically designed to hold a bit of extra weight around the torso. Sadly, short of liposuction, I don't think the tummy bump is ever going to go away completely.

oh-eve - I currently do yoga and pilates, but if you have other ideas, I'll try anything once.
The 'belly pooch' definitely runs in my family. My Grandma, aunt, Mom, sister etc. all have a little belly pooch. When I was 120 lbs at 6'1 tall my Mom joked around about my '4 pack' because I could never get my stomach completely flat, even though I was technically underweight. My Mom is around 5'5 and in her high school photos she was barely above 100 lbs and still had a belly pooch.

It may just be genetic, and you may just be predisposed to carrying weight in your tummy
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:38 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Some pants have a panel inside to smooth your silhouette, like these: Denim | NYDJ - Not Your Daughter's Jeans Official Store My daughter has a pair of those and she says they're comfortable. Also, pants with a higher waist might be more flattering than the ones that are designed to sit on your hip bones.

You probably don't want to start wearing empire waist shirts because people will assume you're pregnant.

My daughter has been hula hooping lately with a weighted hoop and she thinks that's how she flattened out her stomach...we had to go buy smaller jeans for her this week.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:47 AM
 
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Some pants have a panel inside to smooth your silhouette, like these: Denim | NYDJ - Not Your Daughter's Jeans Official Store My daughter has a pair of those and she says they're comfortable. Also, pants with a higher waist might be more flattering than the ones that are designed to sit on your hip bones.
These look promising. I'll give them a try!
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:11 AM
 
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Check your posture. Having even a slight anterior pelvic tilt can give you an appearance of having a "belly", no matter how low your body fat becomes.

Google aorund for pelvic tilt, and you can make a good self diagnosis if this is something you have. If you are uncomfortable doing a self diagnosis, go see a physician that can assist.

There are also many tools online that show how you can correct an anterior pelvic tilt.
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