Hiding My Muffin Top and Other Joys of Style After 50

Is there anything more frustrating to hide than your muffin top? With my silhouette, I’m always looking for ways to slim my middle. I have narrow hips and thighs and carry my weight around my stomach.

Here’s how I hid it today when we went for lunch and window shopping in Pleasanton. Isn’t that a fun name? Almost as dreamy as Happyville.

Chico's trouser jeans bypass that dreaded muffin top area

These Trouser Jeans from Chico’s rise above my typical muffin top trouble area. I wasn’t sure I would like a waistband that is at my true waistline, but I do! I have a high rise, so most jeans intended for my waist, end below it. I may never tuck anything into them, but under tops, they help smooth my middle.

Covered Perfectly Wrap over top

This Wrap-Over top from Covered Perfectly has the double benefit of a ruched waistband with a blouson effect! Double duty coverage for my muffin top. It comes in several colors, but Teal is always my favorite if it’s available.

Ruching camouflages many sins and done right, doesn’t add pounds to your silhouette.

Covered Perfectly Wrap over top hides your muffin top

This top also has 3/4 sleeves that help me look taller.


The little shops are charming and filled with things you don’t need but find fun.

We are off to camp on Lake Donner tomorrow. I think I’ve packed everything, including the kitchen sink! We’re even bringing a full-sized blow-up mattress, which is probably not appropriate 🙂


I’ll see you back here Sunday for Style Sweet Spot!


Happy weekend.


Covered Perfectly Wrap Over top // Chico’s Trouser Jeans //



Thank you, Covered Perfectly for partnering on this post!


  1. My go-to jeans are NYDJ or Chicos but I’ve never tried this cut. Muffin top? Ugh….where does it come from and how am I suddenly my grandmother? Fun tips. I’m going to check out the top now.

    1. Our grandmothers bodies sneak up in the night, I’m convinced 🙂 This trouser Jean is so flattering. I love them!

    1. It is perfect! Machine wash and dry, easy styling and comfy.

  2. I love ruched waistband tops with blouson effect. This one is a beauty, and looks terrific on you….tummy looks very flat!!! I have several tops like this and love them…Thanks so much for your style tips…always welcome, and I enjoy your blog…As someone over 65, I can say your style is inspiring to all of us! Thanks for a great blog!

    1. Thanks so much Leigh! I always hope to be helpful and share usable tips with my readers, that work for me. I see this as a community and I love how we all support one another. Thanks for reading.

  3. I really like your hair, how do you do your eye make-up?

    1. I can do a post on my makeup, if you like Pat. I will say it’s almost all by Jane Iredale. I love her products!

    1. I do Jody. I think I need it in black too!

  4. Jane Swanson says:

    This is great information. I am going to look for those jeans. Janey

    1. I think you’ll love them Jane! They hide a multitude of sins. I want 2 pair!

  5. Mary Wyatt says:

    Love the top and teal color. I really need to try Covered Perfectly.
    Re: shoes from your previous post. I really like the ECCO Sport Yucatan Sandals.
    They have a good supportive sole and my feet respond well to them. They are available at Zappos. Nordstrom used to carry them but could not find them on their website.

    1. Thanks Mary. I love Zappos. I’ll have a look. I used to wear Eccos and remember they were very comfortable.

  6. Talitha Culver says:

    Great outfit choice and your hair looks so pretty!

    1. Thanks so much. My hair has been saved by Rogaine!!

  7. We lived in Pleasanton for four years and loved it! The main street is so cute.

    The dreaded muffin top is a challenge, and I’m finding that even when I do lose the weight (slowly) that my muffin top is shrinking but not disappearing. 🙁 You ideas for camouflage are great. I also just bought a higher waist pair of jeans…NYDJ.

    Hope camping is wonderful…and hope to see pics!

    1. We love Pleasanton too! Such a charming little town with great eateries and shops!
      Congrats on losing weight Laurel!
      Camping is an experience… I’d only do for my grandson 🙂

  8. Love the color of that top & the ruching is the nicest I’ve seen. One would never know there was a muffin top hidden in there, you look amazing.

    1. Thanks Paula. This is one of my favorite colors too!

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