I decided to distract myself from my ovarian cancer concerns today by taking some pictures to illustrate one of the tricks I learned this past year for hiding a big belly.
I’ve said before that I am not particularly good with style and fashion. I run a fashion website but I don’t have a background in fashion or even much of a major interest in fashion. My interest has grown as a result of my work on the fashion website, but my fashion and style sense is still very basic. And with my body so severely altered as a result of having large fibroids, it’s been a challenge trying to figure out how to dress. But over the past year or so, I did figure some things out about hiding a big belly. One of those things is that dressing like you’re pregnant will only make you look pregnant which is what you’re trying to avoid in the first place. So my flowy skirt dresses and over-sized tops weren’t disguising my stomach at all. They were doing the exact opposite.
While there’s no way to completely hide the fact that I have a distended stomach, I have found that it’s possible to take the attention away from my stomach so that it’s not the first thing people notice. And one of the ways in which I’ve learned to do this is by accessorizing with a scarf.
By accessorizing with a scarf I am able to wear a regular size top. Adding a jacket provides even greater ability for hiding a big belly; but with a sizable enough scarf it’s possible to leave out the jacket.
This trick works best with scarves that are specifically designed to be used for accessorizing–scarves with interesting patterns and prints that are made out of a light fabric.