I have several favorite pairs of jeans that are not the new style of Mom jeans. They don’t come up to the waist; they hover just below my belly button.
The tough denim fabric can do wonders to help flatten a tummy but that’s only if the jeans stay up where they’re supposed to. Right there is where I have the problem: I have trouble keeping them up. They start to slide down my hips and the belly goes from smoother to popping out. Not fun. If left unattended, my jeans would come to rest somewhere near my pelvic bone.
I’ve often seen this with twenty-year-olds who aren’t worried about their tummies like women in their sixties are. Young’uns are often wearing crop tops so they just hook their thumbs into their belt loops and hoist their jeans back up … several times an hour.
But when you’re wearing multiple layers over your jeans, it’s a lot harder to do that hoisting with any kind of grace. Plus, at my age it seems like one of those things that shouldn’t be done in public. It’s not pretty; it’s not neat; it’s not tidy. It is annoying.
The belt solution to the tummy problem
I appreciate any tummy tucking I can get even if it’s temporary. My tummy tuck solution is to buy a narrow belt with a flat buckle, thread it through the belt loops of my below-the-belly-button jeans and belt it as tightly as possible. My jeans don’t stray.
I buy the cheap belts that no one will see but me (and my cat Bella as evidenced in the pictures above). Every year or two or three they’ll need to be replaced because they crack. I wouldn’t want my belt to snap off unexpectedly. I have shivers (not the good kind) just thinking about it!
I’m pretty sure I was about five minutes away from that actually happening to me so the other day when I had a few minutes to spare before meeting Russ for a matinee movie, I dashed into Macy’s and bought a two-pack of thin belts. I’d suggest navy or black in case you’re wearing a top in a slightly sheer fabric. This pink one just put a smile on my face. I had to have it.
Shift the buckle to one side or the other
If you’re wearing a tighter top than my tunic top above, slide the belt buckle over to one hip or the other so the belt is flattest in front. Who needs more bulk near the belly button? Not me!
This is one of my favorite “wear but don’t see” fashion tips. It allows me to to be modest and comfortable at the same time. No one can say, “Oh, there’s that lady who’s always pulling her pants up.” Or other things I haven’t imagined yet. I share this tip with my clients who use it too.
Do you have a need for a solution like this? It’s so simple, so not costly, so effective. I’d love to hear if this has worked for you. Share your experience, okay?