Updated on July 7th, 2023 at 08:20 pm

There is nothing more disheartening than knowing that summer is on the horizon, and your clothes just don’t fit like they did a few months ago.

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Weight gain can happen to anyone and at any time. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, and you shouldn’t have to worry about it but some of us are more self-conscious than others. Putting on weight can cause us to lose our confidence.

Below, we have listed a number of ways that you can hide belly fat while wearing a pair of jeans. This can help you to feel confident and beautiful all year around!

Feeling confident as a bigger girl

These days, there is definitely a lot more body positivity being celebrated and practiced in the world. After being shamed for our sizes for many years, we are finally getting to a place where it is not only accepted to be larger, but also respected and in some cultures even sexy.

However, we are still not fully there yet, which is why so many of us still feel conscious of our larger figures. We are not going to tell you that you should just accept your body and wear tighter, cropped items of clothing, because not everyone feels confident doing so!

Reaching the point where you are fully happy and confident with your body may take a while, but just know that there is nothing wrong with the way you currently look or feel.

This article was not written to tell you what you should wear, as you can wear whatever you feel comfortable wearing. However, if you are feeling self-conscious about having a larger belly, that is okay, too. Follow our tips on how to minimize the appearance of your midsection, and, hopefully, you will feel a lot more confident after doing so.

Hiding belly fat in jeans

Below, we have listed 4 ways that you can try to hide your belly fat while wearing jeans. It may be a lot easier than you first thought!

Using tummy-friendly jean styles

One of the easiest ways to hide your belly while wearing jeans is to find a style that is suitable for your body type. When it comes to buying jeans, you should opt for skinny fits, straight fits, and slim fits.  We reviewed some amazing skinny jeans for big thighs.

You want your jeans to feel snug against your body, but not too tight that it restricts you, causing your belly to look bigger! For that reason, you should avoid wearing baggy or loose-fitting jeans.

This may seem like the obvious option to go for, but, honestly, wearing bigger jeans will make you appear a lot larger than you actually are. Also, high-waisted jeans are ideal for hiding bigger bellies!

You will want to avoid low-waisted jeans – as well as crop tops – if you are feeling conscious of your figure, as these will draw attention to your midsection. But if you must wear crop tops, you should learn how to wear crop top with belly fat. This way, you’ll be oozing confidence and sexiness. 

It’s a good thing that more and more clothing retailers provide different sizes of clothes. For example, jeans in a size 16 from one store may be too loose on you, while jeans of the same size from another store may be too tight. This is why it is always best to try clothes on before you purchase them, to work out if they are truly the right size.

So, your best bet is to find a pair that suits you comfortably, without being too tight or too baggy. Go shopping, try on several pairs of jeans, and work out which ones fit you the best!

Wearing darker shades

Did you know that darker shades of clothing can make you appear slimmer? One of the reasons for this is that shadows become almost invisible when you wear black, or dark, clothes.

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If your stomach is poking out your jeans a little, the dark colors of your clothes will create the illusion that your belly is, actually, a lot flatter than it really is.

On the other hand, white clothes will create the opposite effect. The lighter your clothes, the less likely you are to hide your belly in your jeans. You should think about getting darker colors of jeans, e.g., black or dark navy, to draw attention away from the areas of your body that you are not comfortable showing.

Pairing jeans with shapewear

Ah, shapewear. Where would we be in life without these nifty life hacks? If you don’t already own some shapewear, we honestly recommend that you grab some.

No matter your size or shape, these undergarments can shape and mold your figure to appear smoother and flatter. Not only does plus-size shapewear help to make you appear slimmer, but they can also help you fit on tighter clothes!

You can get some for your belly, thighs, and whatever other body parts that you are feeling self-conscious about. Just be sure that you buy these items in the correct sizing. If they are too tight, you may find it difficult to move. Additionally, you should never have to struggle to breathe while wearing shapewear; if you find that it is restricting your breathing, you need to get a size bigger!

Wearing baggy shirts/tops

Now, this is a tricky one. As we previously mentioned, wearing oversized clothes can, sometimes, make a person appear much larger than they truly are. This is because you cannot see the outline of your body, so it gives the impression that you are much bigger, rather than the opposite effect that you are trying to achieve.

However, when done correctly, wearing an oversized top or t-shirt can pair well with a pair of jeans. The key is to not wear anything too baggy!

It should be just baggy enough that it doesn’t cling to your belly, and long enough that it covers your midsection. Additionally, you could think about wearing a light cardigan, or jacket or hoodie dress if it’s not too warm outside. This counts as a ‘baggy’ item of clothing, as it covers your belly and midsection just enough for you to be able to feel confident.

Final thoughts

These are the top tips and tricks from Extra Large Living for hiding belly fat while wearing jeans. It can be difficult to conceal a part of your body, but by following the steps above, you can mold your appearance into smoother and slimmer.

As we said earlier, we are not telling you that you have to dress this way: this article is for those who feel self-conscious about their bodies, and would feel better covering up at times.

The most important thing that you need to remember that is, no matter how tight or baggy your clothes are, you are beautiful. No one else’s opinions matter aside from your own, and it is your decision to dress however you want. We know you’re going to own it, either way.