There are few things more frustrating than feeling self-conscious about the way you look in your clothes. Even more frustrating? Wearing clothes that should make you feel good but instead leave you feeling like you've got a little extra "muffin top" going on around your midsection. And as it turns out, one of the biggest culprits for this type of issue may be the underwear you're wearing underneath.
So, why does your underwear give you a muffin top? Let's break it down.
First things first: what is a muffin top? Essentially, it's when the waistband of your clothing (in this case, your underwear) creates a bulge or roll of skin and/or fat around your midsection. It's like a little overflow of your body, spilling over the top of your clothes in a not-so-appealing way.
Now, onto the main culprit: your underwear. There are a few potential reasons why your underwear might be causing you to experience a muffin top:
- The waistband is too tight. This is probably the most common cause of a muffin top. If your underwear is digging into your skin, it's likely creating a bulge of skin and/or fat around your midsection.
- The rise is too high. If your underwear comes up too high on your waist, it can create a roll of skin and/or fat where the waistband ends and your skin begins.
- The fabric is too thick. Some types of underwear (especially shapewear) are made from thicker, more compressive fabrics that can create bulges and rolls around your midsection.
So, what can you do about it?
First, make sure you're wearing the right size underwear. If your underwear is too small, it's going to create a muffin top no matter what. If you're not sure what size you should be wearing, get measured at a lingerie store or use a measuring tape to measure your waist and hips at home.
Next, pay attention to the style of your underwear. If you're experiencing a muffin top with high-rise briefs, try switching to a mid-rise or low-rise style instead. If you're wearing shapewear, consider trying a lighter fabric or a different style that doesn't compress your midsection as much.
Finally, consider investing in "no-show" underwear that's designed to lay flat against your skin and not create bulges or lines under your clothing. These types of underwear typically have a seamless design and a thinner fabric, which can help prevent muffin top from occurring.
At the end of the day, getting rid of a muffin top is all about finding the right fit and style of underwear for your body. Don't be afraid to experiment and try different types of underwear until you find something that makes you feel comfortable and confident. Your muffin top will thank you.