By Daisy Lewellyn
Fa la la la la la...scrrrreeeeech! The world freezes. The holiday music dancing through your head suddenly comes to a halt as you glare down at the scale. You turn your head to the left, then to the right, bat your eyes a few extra times, and still the scale reads the same number: a not-so-festive five pounds more than your normal weight. It's the harsh reality that many of us deal with, the Holiday Gain. So you enjoyed a few too many pieces of pumpkin pie (don't worry we understand, it was homemade!) and you could not resist the eggnog, there's no use crying over spilled milk left over from the holiday cookies you ate.
While you figure out the best way to lose those extra five, we've got a few no-sweat style cheats to help you hide pesky pounds instantly.
Trouble Zone: Tummy
If you seem to be sporting a little extra cushion in your pooch area, there are great ways to camouflage it. This look was an office staple for the Glamour magazine editors during my Conde Nast days. It's Fashion Editor Certified!
We adore layering single-breasted blazers worn unbuttoned over fluid blouses and camis. Make sure that the blouse worn underneath is the same length as the blazer. Slightly longer blouses are also great for a friendly peek-a-boo effect. Structured classic blazers will work best in neutral shades, with your pop of color and/or print underneath. Don't be afraid to go a size up on the blouse, since it is acting as your base for concealing the tummy. The jacket serves as extra comfort, and style. No worries if you decide to go a size up on the blouse, the blazer will tailor the shape of the top, preventing it from looking too large. Sometimes going a size up will actually make you look thinner! Here are a few blazer/blouse combinations to get you started (click on each item for purchasing info):
- Stay away from thin fitted cotton or spandex tees and tanks, and clingy fabrics like thin jersey.
- Avoid buttoning the jacket, for risk of revealing your pooch.
- Avoid wearing belted military style jackets, they give you "double belly" and highlight your problem area.
- Steer clear of cropped buttoned vests, they will be double trouble for your tummy.
Bonus Fashion Distraction: Wear fanciful oversized chandelier earrings or hoops to direct attention to your face, not your tummy.