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Recently, we talked about wedding dresses that hide your tummy area and Madeline writes us with a similar question: wedding guest dresses that hide belly bulge. First and foremost, I like to preface this post by stating that you are beautiful just the way you are. There’s no need to change any little thing about you.
But everyone deserves to look and feel their best, and some people struggle with something about their bodies that makes them self-conscious. Some look for dresses that hide arms if they’re sensitive to the way their shoulders or biceps look, while others conceal their thighs by wearing a dress with a long skirt. The way you dress makes a big difference in your confidence level and we want yours to go through the roof!
When you’re looking for wedding guest dresses that make you look thinner, choose darker colors, as they have a slimming effect (like black or navy blue). In addition, choose dresses that are flowy with chiffon or lightweight gauze so they’re not ultra-tight on your midsection. You’ll feel more comfortable, too!
We want you to own the confidence you deserve when you walk in the room: we want you to find a wedding guest dress that makes you look slimmer while you emphasize your curves and flatter your unique shape. Don’t sit out… dance the night away!
In this blog post, we’ll help you accentuate those curves in the best way possible and find the best wedding guest dresses that hide belly bulge or fat in the midsection. We’re rounding up twenty-two dresses that offer unique styles that flow away from the body, in case you’re sensitive to the belly area. These styles cascade out from the middle of your body and offer visual interest elsewhere, with ruching or an empire-style skirt in a flowy fabric. This post is inspired by reader Madeline, who writes:
“Dear Emmaline, I’m going to a wedding in a few weeks and I’m self-conscious about my tummy area after recently having a baby. Do you know of any wedding guest dresses that hide belly fat or the tummy area? Are there any dress styles that flow better than others? I guess I’m just looking for a wedding guest outfit that makes me look thinner but I’m not sure where to start. Thanks for any help.”
Hi Madeline! Congrats on your new baby! I’ve been there before and I know the feeling of recently being pregnant and then all of a sudden, you’re not, but you feel like you are. It’s normal and something to appreciate. But when you’re looking for something to wear, it can feel tricky, particularly when shopping for wedding guest dresses that hide belly bulge. I’m here to help with some suggestions on what kind of dress can mask or conceal that area to make you feel more confident.
Most Flattering Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest
Some dresses are tighter fitting, which shows all the bulges and areas we don’t necessarily want to flaunt; therefore, when you’re looking for dresses that hide your belly area, you’ll want to choose a flowy skirt that has an empire waist or an a-line so it flows away from the body. In this way, it camouflages the waist by drawing eyes higher on the body, an interesting tidbit in the world of fashion.
Fabrics without a lot of stretch are also great options, particularly chiffon which has a nice flowy and lightweight look and feel to it.
Wedding Guest Outfits That Hide Belly
Whether you’re post-partum like Madeline or you’re feeling the pressure of looking good (relax, you already do!) in a dress that conceals your tummy, here are some wedding guest dresses that will hide the belly area and give you a confidence boost.
In addition, I highly recommend these for postpartum: they feel amazing when you wear them and they give you an instant boost of confidence. I swear by the leggings and still wear them sometimes. :) They have a panel at the top that gives you a little extra coverage and a slimming effect.
Or for non-postpartum, I recommend this undergarment that will contour and provide the best foundation under your dress.
Sometimes, it’s really what you wear under the dress that makes an improvement in the way your body feels in the dress you wear. Proper shapewear can give you a solid foundation that makes every dress look great and rock the curves you have: it’s something to be proud of!
1. Navy Blue Floral Print Dress, $39
Cute! I love this floral print dress: it has long sheer sleeves and a short mini-length in a loose style that flows away from the body. Get it here.
Also available in black here:
2. Flattering Green Long Sleeve Velvet Wrap Dress, $39.99
3. Long Sleeve Belted Midi Bodycon, $36.99
4. Chiffon Ruffle Bodycon Pencil Dress, $39.99
This is one of the most popular plus-size wedding guest dresses for women: it features a body-hugging bodycon style but is ultra-flattering. See the reviews for yourself! Note: some reviewers recommend sizing up. Buy it here.
5. Navy Blue Floral Tiered Maxi, $92
An elegant dress with a pretty navy blue floral print, tiers, and a maxi length. The waist is higher and fitted; it flows into a skirt. Cute! Shop here.
6. Off-the-Shoulder Velvet Midi Dress, $69
This dress is made of velvet for a comfy and flattering fit; the drop-shoulder is a nice neckline choice and the high banded waist flows away from the midsection. Get it here.
7. Burgundy Ruched Mini Dress, $32.99
What a fun dress! Wear this as a guest to the next wedding and you’ll love how it makes you look and feel. High ratings on this one: it is recommended to size down one, so FYI. Get it here.
8. Navy Blue Surplice Maxi, $92
A dress like this hides your tummy area because it features a higher waistline and then flows away from the belly area. It’s the perfect style for a wedding guest dress and I love it in navy! Buy here. It is available in other colors here.
9. + 10. Casual Long Sleeve Empire Waist Dress with Pockets, $33
This dress has… pockets! It’s nice and flowy, flowing away from the belly area. It’s a bit on the more casual side so it’s perfect for a low-key or more laidback wedding guest dress. Get it here.
Here’s another similar style:
11. Bell Sleeve V-Neck Swing Midi Dress, $39.99
12. Tea-Length Dress with Elbow Sleeves and Rosettes, $74+
This elegant dress is beautiful to wear to a wedding! It flows away from your tummy area for a flattering fit. Buy here.
13. V-Neck Black and White Floral Long Sleeve Dress, $36.99
This cute dress is made for dancing! Buy here.
14. Vintage-Inspired Ruffle Dress, $30
I love the peplum skirt on this one and the flattering ruching! Shop here.
15. Tea-Length Shift Dress, $74+
What a gorgeous dress! I love the length and the rosette detailing. Buy here.
16. Long Sleeve Flowy Dress with Banded Waist, $30
Figure-flattering, flowy, and long-sleeve! What more could you want in a dress? Get it here.
17. V-Neck Long Sleeve Velvet Dress, $45.99
This dress has rave reviews: it has a bit of stretch and ruching to hug your curves in all the right places. Get it here.
18. Double V-Neck Maxi Dress with Flutter Sleeves, $68.99
19. Sleeveless Floral Lace Dress, $53
Wear this dress in navy blue or burgundy — both shown below — or one of the many other shades available! The cut of this dress is not tight in the tummy area for a more flattering fit. Shop here.
20. Flattering Bodycon Wrap Dress with Tulip Skirt, $27
This ultra-flattering dress features a cute tulip skirt and long sleeves.
21. Pleated One-Shoulder Maxi, $89
A gauzy woven chiffon fabric like this flows into a beautiful maxi skirt, perfect for wearing as a guest at a wedding. Get it here.
22. Slate Blue Cap Sleeve Dress, $79
And last but not least, this elegant wedding guest dress hides the tummy area by flowing away into a billowing maxi skirt with a side slit. Stylish! Love the cap sleeves. Get it here.
For more styles, check out this shop! They have affordable dresses and beautiful styles in extended sizing.
And there you have it: flattering wedding guest dresses you’ll look great in! Which style is your favorite from this list? I love the maxi skirts most of all; there’s something about a circle skirt that is made for dancing. :)
Hope it helps! Have fun at the wedding!