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10 Ways to Dress to Hide a Belly Bulge

Structured jackets, untucked shirts and jumpsuits can divert attention from a thick midsection

Jane Campion, Antonio Banderas and Octavia Spencer

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(Left to right) Jane Campion, Antonio Banderas and Octavia Spencer

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“Where’d my waist go?” “I need shapewear 24/7!” “I couldn’t wear a tuck-in top or belt even if I wanted to!” You’re not alone. Belly bulge is a universal problem after age 50 — although the size of that problem pooch varies. Some of us blame stress, a sluggish metabolism or a lack of exercise, while others accuse hormones or a fondness for bread, ice cream and salty chips. Whatever the cause, when sucking it in no longer works it’s time for a fashion reboot. Here are 10 ways to battle the bulge and win.

Lois Joy Johnson is a beauty and style editor who focuses on women 50 and older. She was the beauty and style editor at Ladies’ Home Journal and a founding editor of More magazine. She has written three books: The Makeup Wakeup, The Wardrobe Wakeup and The Woman's Wakeup.