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Well, what the heck can I wear until my pot belly disappears?

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DaphneCanDoBetterThanFred Wed 24-Aug-16 16:24:51

Post 2 giant belly pregnancies and 2 c sections plus a previous scar on my stomach, plus medication that made me put on a stone in a spare tyre around my waist, I can't find any clothes that fit comfortably. My one trusty pair of jeans (size 10) are falling apart, the replacement pair I bought (size12) slide down constantly. Anything that fits round my tummy leaves a gaping load of fabric at the crotch as my spare tyre is around my belly button and under that is slimmer. Dresses make me look 9 months pregnant. Size 10 trousers squash my tummy painfully and size 12s gape. Loose elastic waisted trousers make me look very portly. Anything that sits low on my c section scar, or belly button level on my other scar, hurts a lot.

So, I'm a size ten top half and legs, size 12 around my stomach, size 10 again on my hips. If I measure around my belly button, some days I'm 34 inches, some days 31 depending on how bloated i am/ the position of Pluto relative to Donald trump/fuck knows. What on earth can I wear? I have literally nothing to wear on my bottom half at the moment apart from a pair of jogging bottoms. <sob>
Any bright ideas gratefully received, as are photos smile (I am exercising to remove the spare tyre but need to be dressed until that happens smile )

FrustratedFrugal Wed 24-Aug-16 19:58:56

I have a potbelly too although I am otherwise Sz 10 and it is a really challenging shape to dress as trousers tend to fall down constantly. The items that have worked best for me are high-waisted fairly slim jeans and high-waisted leggings (yoga leggings) worn under slightly loose tops (peasant shirts, sweatshirts). A good belt can also help. I've found good jeans in H&M by trying on lots and lots (30", 31" waist, mid rise or high rise) and choosing the ones that fit best.

Excercise really helps, I've lost a couple of kilos and it has made a big difference.

Have you considered alterations or having a dressmaker copy your good pair of jeans?

SlinkyB Wed 24-Aug-16 20:06:57

I have this problem! Seem to be a size 12 everywhere but my belly. Put some weight on lately and it's all gone to my "rubber ring" around my middle. Also had two c-sections. I've been wearing old size 14 shorts in this heat, also a floor-length black floaty skirt with an elasticated waist band.

Will be watching this thread and hoping for tips! (I know I have to exercise, but I hate it!)

StephenKatz Wed 24-Aug-16 21:56:51

< lurks >

I'd say high waisted jeans to but I'd love some alternatives!

Snowshimmer Wed 24-Aug-16 22:38:21

Wouldn't highwaisted jeans just squash a big belly painfully? I have never had any success with HM jeans.

LittleTalks Wed 24-Aug-16 22:48:51

I came on to say high waisted jeans, but see I have been beaten to it. I was HIGHLY sceptical when Topshop Joni jeans were recommended as the solution to my post partum post c section woes, but I actually love them. Of course I'm not wearing them like the lithe 16 year olds with a crop top, but they really do contain this flabby belly without giving me a muffin top.

seefeld Wed 24-Aug-16 22:56:38

Topshop Jamie jeans also excellent for holding in a belly

SlinkyB Wed 24-Aug-16 23:02:42

I can never find TopShop jeans big enough sad I'm usually around a 14. Will keep trying.

LittleTalks Wed 24-Aug-16 23:11:53

Honestly, try the Joni's in a 12 or 14. They're really stretchy but also suck you in-y. I bought them in a 10 (my previous size) when I wouldn't have been able to get most 10s past my knees.

Snowshimmer Wed 24-Aug-16 23:15:00

Can you breathe properly in them? looks at all jeans with doubtful eyes

DaphneCanDoBetterThanFred Thu 25-Aug-16 00:29:22

Those jeans look lovely, but my horrible ones are the same style and they really hurt my stomach when I sit down. I think it's the not- c section scar they irritate so they may well be great for others smile
I will keep looking and post here again if I find anything good. I used to love jeans that came just below belly button with a loose shirt or top tucked in, or half tucked in and it hid the belly really well. I am going to have to do some serious voodoo on my good ex jeans. Boohoo seem to have stopped making them so I'll just keep patching them until they disintegrate grin

DaphneCanDoBetterThanFred Thu 25-Aug-16 00:34:50

This kind of thing! Although I am definitely not this lady, sadly sad

FrustratedFrugal Thu 25-Aug-16 05:09:15

Have you tried maternity jeans that have a tube of softer fabric (worn hidden under a nice top)? I sometimes wear then even though I am not pg if I feel particularly bloated. They are soft and unconstricting. I have IBD and sometimes my midsection really balloons.

Destinysdaughter Thu 25-Aug-16 06:04:10

Depending on what's causing your pot belly, cutting down on carbs can really help with a bloated tummy.

I try and wear clothes that are slightly fitted to give me a waist. I also wear straight leg trousers and long skirts. Not especially fashionable but means I don't look pregnant!

Itscurtainsforyou Thu 25-Aug-16 08:39:48

Op I'm a similar shape (though bigger size). I tend to wear jeans with a bit of stretch, high waisted and an oversize top.

I'm thinking that decent shoes/bag will help distract from my stomach smile

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