Shops are stocked with stylish dresses that can hide a stomach for those who feel self-conscious. It’s hard for many people to lose weight around their midriff. If you want to skim your midriff without being noticed, learn what to look out for when shopping.

No matter what your body type is, you can feel self-conscious. If you struggle to feel confident in your clothes, you will feel more comfortable if you learn some styling tips.

This feature is full of top tips from experts on how to choose the best dress for hiding a stomach so you can shop with confidence. Instead of focusing solely on ‘hiding or disguising’ your stomach, think about how you can draw attention to the best features. Apple Body Shapes have a large bust, small legs, and arms and tend to be slim. So far, so gorgeous. Apples and the hourglass shape are very similar. The only difference is that the waistline of the apple is less defined. We have many ideas on how to achieve this.

Remember, most importantly, that a stubborn midsection, or any other body issue, shouldn’t impact your style. Dress for yourself and learn to love your wardrobe. Accept your body and celebrate your uniqueness. This will boost your confidence.

The Best Dresses to Hide a Tummy

Wrap Dress: A wrap dress flatters all body types and is a wardrobe essential. Kate Middleton wears it regularly. Well-cut wrap dresses will flatter your top and skim over your midriff. They’re great for larger breasts because of the deep V-neckline, but they also work well with smaller cups. Wrap dresses with soft ruffles across the front or soft draping details will provide additional coverage.

Empire Line: Empire lines are a great way to hide your stomach. By drawing the eye directly to your bust by nipping in under it, they create the illusion of having a larger waistline. The dress should be flared out or have an A-line cut that flows over the stomach.

Trapeze: Don’t be deterred by the name. Trapeze dresses do not have to look tent-like. Choose a style with a fluted edge once it reaches your armpit. This will give you a bit more definition in the bustline before it expands. It’s a great dress shape to conceal a tummy, as it doesn’t cling. Choose a style that is no longer than the knee, while taller women can opt for a mid-length trapeze dress. This style is all about length, so you don’t feel overwhelmed.

Ruching Ruched detailing and gatherings swooping along the midsection of a gown is an ingenious method to conceal a tummy. Soft drapery and subtle puckering are a great way to hide your belly.

Print: Don’t be afraid of patterns and prints. A busy print can be used as sartorial concealment and to cover up a variety of flaws, such as a tummy. Prints are a great way to add vibrant colors to your wardrobe.

Paneling illusion: The paneling illusion is a great way to hide your tummy and create hourglass-shaped curves. The illusion dress is a block-colored dress with a central panel running through the center of the front (and sometimes the back) of the garment. The center panel cuts vertically through the body to create the illusion of a slimmer silhouette. It also adds curves and hides a tummy.

Higher waistlines While it can be tempting for you to choose dresses with little shape to conceal your stomach, it is important to have a tailored skirt that has a bit of form. Avoid horizontal details across your stomach, but invest in tailored dresses with a higher waistline. You will be narrowed at the smaller part of your body. A well-tailored outfit will still skim over areas where you are self-conscious.


Marks and Spencer’s offers fashion, food, and homewares all in one place. It’s not surprising that there are stylish dresses for hiding a tummy.

This dress has a relaxed, smocked silhouette that is perfect for a Boho capsule wardrobe. The summer floral print adds a romantic touch to the dress. The A-line and smocked front skim the midriff, while the midi-length draws the eye to the lower body. The midi length and A-line shape will draw the eye down your body. Pair with white sneakers for what shoes to wear at a wedding in summer.


H&M has a wide range of clothing categories, both online and at stores. This season, you will be spoilt for choice with a range of styles that are perfect for every occasion. From plus-size wedding guest dresses to everyday fashions.

This red dress will make a statement on a relaxed summer evening or day. The shoulder-baring cut and midi length balance out the longer distance.

This dress, which is available up to an XXL size, has a cut that skims over the midriff. The off-the-shoulder style highlights shoulders and balances out the lower torso. It also draws the eye upwards and away from the core.


This gorgeous sequin maxi is perfect for summer special occasions. This floor-sweeping gown will make a statement at any event. This occasionwear dress is made from a blue sequin fabric that flatters curves. The faux wrap and V-neck draw the eye to the front of the dress, lengthening the frame.

The asymmetrical hemline falls into a waterfall at the back. The asymmetrical hemline helps lengthen the legs but also means that you should pair this dress with a heel. You can wear your best-fitting bra with short fluted sleeves.


Dresses that hide the tummy can be made with twists, folds, ruching, and knots. Also, gathers or drapery angled across the midriff will glide over your stomach and cover the areas where you are most self-conscious.

Wrap dresses and side ruching are common, but we love the knot detail used to hide a tummy while adding to the dress. The bold leaf pattern adds a striking piece that draws attention away from the middle. Meanwhile, the empire cut and V-neckline elongate your figure.