Monday, 1st June 2020
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Is this the end of the

Is this the end of the "muffin belly"?

Manufacturers of jeans and trousers reshape their lines.

For those who have never heard of this expression “Muffin-top” (or muffin-top girl) is a slang term used for a person, usually female, whose flabby midsection spills over the waistline of his or her trousers in a manner that resembles the top of a muffin spilling over its paper casing. This generally occurs when an individual wears hipsters’ jeans or midriff-baring tops that are ill-fitting and too small. The American Dialect Society named it one of the “most creative” new terms.

An additional derivation is “Split Top Muffin” to describe seeing the “muffin-top” from behind with the jeans so low as to expose the top of the buttocks’ ridge.

We all have seen plenty of this during the summer and even now, it seems to be the latest fashion trend here on the sunny Costa shared mainly by young women and builders. Muffin tops are all over the place, in the shopping centres, offices, streets… everywhere. Honestly, there’s nothing wrong with being chubby, it is healthy!


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But if you’re chubby or have a tummy and attempt to squeeze in a pair of low rise jeans with the impression that it’s sexy to bear some flesh, you can’t be more mistaken. It’s not sexy, it’s a horrific disaster. Be sensible when it comes to dressing a tummy spilling out of tight jeans just ain’t that appealing so spare your viewers the eye sore.

The good news is that in an attempt to avoid this, manufacturers have now re-introduced mid-rise jeans, which come up higher on the waist and eliminate the “muffin-top”. Mid-rise jeans have proven popular across North America, and manufacturers have also introduced new styles of high-rise jeans. However, the muffin-top is not exclusive to low-rise jeans. Any jeans that are too tight at the waist can cause a muffin-top. In addition, low-rise jeans of the right size usually will not create a muffin-top, but they may slip down.



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