Summer brings sun, ice cream, and tanned skin, but the idea of sundresses and bikinis also tends to highlight the areas of our body that we feel most aware of.
We’re sure you look gorgeous, but according to research one of the UK’s biggest problems is not having a toned stomach.
While exercise and diet can go a long way, in the meantime, if you’re feeling a little unsure about your waistline, there are plenty of ways to play with proportion to regain confidence.
By using a few simple styling tricks, you can look chic, overcome bloating (with no uncomfortable restrictive pants in sight!), And give the impression of a well-trimmed tummy.
We’ve rounded up some super stylish dresses, from wrap dresses to belted beauties to help you shine this summer.
Diane Von Furstenburg has been successfully designing wrap dresses for decades because she realized how flattering the fit is for all body types. A true wardrobe wonder, a well-cut wrap dress will fit and flatter the top, then float down your torso, highlighting your bust and camouflaging the rest.
2. Tied in knots
Enchant your waist with a flattering cinched waist that ties at the front. The slim waist silhouette will pull you in all the right places while the bow detail adds extra coverage.
Embroidered midaxi dress in pure cotton
hush Charlie Twist – Plaid shirt dress, Gray
Kate Linen Shirt Dress – Ivory with Multiple Embroidery
Asymmetric twist detail midi dress
Midi wrap dress with fold-up sleeves
3. Belt yourself
This dress style may seem counterintuitive, but one of the best ways to define waist further is to show it off. Opt for a dress with a belt or tie in a matching color, as it will help you create a slimming hourglass curve for the tummy.
Belted puff sleeve mini dress
Belted linen midi dress
Kimia Woven Buttoned Strap Dress with Tie Waist
T ruffled F&F blue denim midi dress
Phase Eight Mylee Belted Dress, Coral
4. Color me cool
Did you know that wearing one color from head to toe is the fastest shortcut to looking taller and slimmer? A solid color maxi dress is a chic way to distract from any areas that make you feel insecure.
Lucca red scalloped-edge tweed dress
OUGES Women’s cotton mid-length dress with adjustable spaghetti straps (Yellow, M)
5. Play with the pattern
An eye-catching all-over print allows eyes to hover over any areas you’d rather not highlight and camouflage where it matters.
Mid-length floral short-sleeved shirt dress
Jolie Moi Dixie Twisted Animal Print Midi Dress, Red
Printed midi dress with puff sleeves
Mountain Warehouse Orchid Pattern Womens UV Dress – UPF40 Beach Dress, Women’s Lightweight Summer Dress, Pockets, Durable Day Dress – For Spring, Travel, Poolside Pale Blue 10
F&F Multi Paisley Blue Crinkle Dress
6. The perfect pencil
A bodycon pencil dress can work wonders on your waist – the trick is to go for a high waisted style in a structured fabric. A thicker fabric will soften your waist while the high waist helps create the illusion of a slimmer waist.
Bridesmaid In Pencil Knee Length Trini Dress, Cornflower Blue
ZIGJOY V-Neck Short Sleeve Women Vintage Pencil Bodycon Business Casual Party Dress BLACK-UK10-12
ASTRIID Pencil dress with visible seams
Glamorous blush pink lace ruffle pencil dress
Fitted midi dress with pleated front
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