How Should Men With Big Stomachs Wear Their Pants?

Pants anchor an outfit, but when you have a large stomach, achieving a perfect fit takes extra effort. If you wear pants that are too large in the waist, the trousers droop in the crotch and thighs. When you wear pants with a tight waist, your belly bulge is accentuated, leaving you with an embarrassing look. The key to getting the proper fit is to measure your waist, including your belly. After you have the right measurements, buy the right style pants for the most flattering look for your body type.


Dressing around your tummy may be tricky. (Image: amanaimagesRF/amana images/Getty Images)

Step 1

Buy pants with a waistline that rests around the largest part of your belly. Wearing pants with a waist that rests above or below your belly is not the right approach. Do not rely solely on the waist and length measurements noted on the label; you may have to try on several different sizes for the best fit.

Step 2

Select solid-colored pants without checks or patterns. Consider wearing pants with a slimming, flat front instead of a pleated front.

Step 3

Tuck your shirt neatly into your pants.

Step 4

Attach suspenders to the pants to keep them up over your stomach without cutting into your midsection. If you prefer to wear a belt, make sure the belt fits you properly and isn't too tight or too loose.


Layer up with a jacket or a pullover to camouflage your belly area.

Slide on a pair of tummy-control underwear for men. This garment covers and controls the waist and torso for a smoother, smaller-looking waist.

Try other undergarments like a shaping vest or a sculpting undershirt to draw attention to your upper body.

REFERENCES & RESOURCES The Art of Manliness: A Man’s Style in Relation to His Body Type Men's Flair: Hiding Your "Flaws" With Clothing Modern Gentlemen: How to Dress 10 lbs Lighter and Hide Your Belly GQ Magazine: Suit Your Shape