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What Clothing Looks Best on Those With a Bigger Belly?

Finding the right clothing fit for your body type doesn't have to be tough. If you're an apple shape -- meaning you carry more weight in your midsection -- there are plenty of pieces you can wear that will cover your problem areas while flaunting your assets.

Pants

High-waist pants work well for apple shapes. Opt for ones with a bit of stretch, which will help hold your belly in. A flare or wide leg also helps to balance your proportions. If you prefer a straight leg, this will work too, but avoid skinny jeans, which won't give your frame any sense of balance. Look for waistbands that lay flat across your belly.

Tops

Corset-style tops provide structure to your frame. They're also very feminine and add a subtle touch of sultriness that any woman would love. Wrap tops offer a fantastic drape, which hides the appearance of a larger tummy. V-necks and scoop necks show off a bit of skin up top, which helps to draw the eyes upward.

Jackets

Go for structured jackets that will define your upper body. Single-breasted and two-button jackets are your best bet to get that definition. If your jacket isn't quite the right fit, invest in a good tailor who can alter the jacket to fit you. Tailoring can make a significant difference.

Dresses and Skirts

Wrap dresses work just as well as wrap tops and flatter your frame perfectly. Empire-waist frocks are also a good option. They're fitted up top and start to flow right under the breastbone, effectively camouflaging a bigger belly. A-line skirts make your waist appear smaller. If you want an even more dramatic effect, try a skirt in a vibrant color or design, which will draw attention to your legs.

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About the Author

Pamela Simmons has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles on fashion, beauty and other topics have appeared on Denim Therapy and other websites. Simmons serves as an editor and public relations manager for CHIC.TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.

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