Welcome to a fun collaboration with Jennifer of A Well Styled Life and Pam of over50feeling40.  We desire for all of us… the fabulous women over 50 …to look and feel our best each and every day.  After years of blogging for this audience, we have heard from so many of you about your discouragement and despondency when you look in the mirror every morning.  But, we both know just how transformative style can be, and hope to encourage you right here each week.  We want to see all of us empowered with strength, joy, and confidence

For the next four weeks, Jennifer and I are going to discuss
dressing all those areas women over 50 tend to see as problems.  This week we start with how to camouflage the mid-section…that pesky
tire-in-the-middle so many of us have.  I
can write pages on this topic, but let me begin with two basic statements:

1.      
Stop comparing yourself to all the thin women
over 50 on blogs and Instagram.  After
children…after menopause…after times of depression…after illnesses…so many of
us are not the flat- stomach- women portrayed on many sites.   So
stop the comparisons, which only rob your joy, and begin the acceptance of your
body now….because You Matter and deserve to walk in confidence every day.
2.      
Dress the body you have today.  Accept it and learn from others how to shave
off the pounds simply by tricking the eye. 
Once I did this, I was actually more motivated to work on losing the
pounds.   When I allowed self-loathing to
shut me down, I was not motivated to do anything but sulk and watch life march
by without me.  Over the past thirteen years, I have gone down 5 sizes in an effort to become a healthier version of me.
(My arms are not ready to go out confidently in a sleeveless garment. I feel younger and more confident with them covered.  But this top is such a great top to camouflage the middle, I wanted you to see it first without the jacket.  
I have learned several tricks and shared them often on this
blog, so let’s review.  Here are some
great ideas to soften the mid-section bulge:
1.      
Make sure you have a bra which fits.  Lifting the girls takes off accentuates your smallest part. 
2.      
Clothes which fit are important, but clothes which
cling are not.  Make sure your blouses or
camisoles float away from the mid-section and not cling on every roll.  Also, often times Spanx or good undergarments
will help to smooth out those rolls if you want a more fitted look.
3.      
Bring the eye to the smallest part of you, which
many times is just under the bust, with a belt, or a top or dress with an empire
design. Garments with well- done
ruching and/or wraps or faux wraps are all ways to trick the eye. This top has a great side tie which makes the garment smaller where you want it. I am in love with this design!  When you look in the mirror, pay attention to where the eye goes first.  You want it to focus on the smallest part of your body.  Once you begin to do this, you will begin to own and dress the body you currently have.

4.      
I often elongate my look in order to give the
appearance the middle is smaller.  I tend to do this with column dressing in black or navy; a V-neck top; pointed toe
flats; and long necklaces.  This isn’t a column look today, but the well designed tunic takes care of the issue.  It also has an asymmetrical hem line which will de-emphasize the middle as well. 
Northstyle Tunic
I cannot say enough good things about THE TOP I am wearing
today…if it had a sleeve, it would be perfect. But, I entered vulnerable land and wore it sleeveless so you can see how this design can hide the middle and guide the eye where you want it.  However,  we are also going to discuss arms during the next month.  Mine are a work in progress…but more about that tomorrow. 
Now, let’s go see what tips JENNIFER OF A WELL STYLED LIFE has for us on how to camouflage a mid-section.
Remember:  You Matter!





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Disclaimer:  I was provided the garment in this post, but the words are my own.