Top O the Muffin to Ya

Comments 8 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Aside from worrying about not being tan enough, or having the right summer outfit, there’s a new front for non-anorexic-sized women to battle this summer.

Photo credit: kk+ on Flickr

In the series Seinfeld, muffin tops were coveted items [wiki]. They were sold alone and not with the actual muffin itself because they’re the tastiest part. Tony linked to an article on the LAist yesterday about a different kind of muffin top:

I must ask you Los Angeles: how can we eliminate the social pressure to compress the entirety of one’s belly fat into a sausage-like ring around one’s waist? What sort of protest must we organize to free the spare tires and allow them to disperse in their appropriate locations (i.e. inside the pants)? Which government office should we alert to the rising of the muffin tops over the waistline? [LAist]

Before we hop on the jump to conclusions mat, what the author is really trying to say is that it’s a pet peeve, more than anything. Similar to bra straps showing and thongs visible from the top of the pants.

This is not about being overweight or having a BMI over 30 or society’s pressures to be thin or eating disorders. This is about what the hell were you thinking when you left the house in that outfit with your gut hanging over your belt like that and why did you think that was okay? [LAist]

It happens to everyone and it’s very hard to avoid. The simple solution is to buy clothes that actually fit your body. You can be larger, have an hourglass figure, be bodacious and voluptuous and still not look like the Michelin man. It’s about proportions, sizes, flattering shapes and textures. I am no spring chicken myself but I try my darndest not to cram alls I got into something 3 sizes too small or tiny just because it’s trendy. I’d rather look good and be comfortable than conform to what Robson tells me I should wear – for the sake of it being in fashion.

Oh and if you’re wondering, Tony put his money where his mouth is and posted a pic of his rubenesque muffin top of his blog today as well.

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  1. gusgreeperWednesday, May 30th, 2007 — 11:11am PDT

    i wish wearing a one piece with spanx was hot then i’d so go to the beach and feel awesome.

    ps. i grew out of all my jeans and can’t afford new ones it is not my fault my underwear show. 😛

  2. Miss604Wednesday, May 30th, 2007 — 11:22am PDT

    You’ve got the best butt-crack though! Um I mean that in.. well I’m not sure in which way I mean it :p

    And yeah, I hear you about the growing outta jeans part. It’s worse when they just start ripping on you when you stand up… or when you’re getting out of a car… 🙁 *sigh*

  3. victoriapotterWednesday, May 30th, 2007 — 2:35pm PDT

    I love love love this post.
    Amen, sister!

  4. Mom604Wednesday, May 30th, 2007 — 5:09pm PDT

    I remember when I visted you in Boston and you said that someone there referred to this as a “Dunlop” …. when your belly dun lop over your belt. (I hate my spare tire!)

  5. MaktaaqThursday, June 7th, 2007 — 7:44am PDT

    I would wear bigger pants, but the next size up is hugely big on me. It’s like they secretly skip a few numbers.

  6. Miss604’s Canuck Life :: A Vancouver Blog » Blog Archive » Dusty’s Dinotown is Calling – Link FestFriday, June 8th, 2007 — 8:49am PDT

    […] sweet, geeky and funny Airdrie and Kerry Anne who give a shout out to my post about “Muffin Tops” in their Reality Check […]

  7. CosmoSunday, June 24th, 2007 — 11:36am PDT

    Am I the only one who thinks that looking at girls (albeit NOT anorexic ones) womanly curves and skin is still sexy?

    Has society decided that flat abs are the only sexy configuration for women? I would have to suggest that history, fashion, and cultural change would suggest that all is only a fad and new memes (and fashions) will come.

    UP with the Muffin Top, (on chicks anyway, keep tony’s gut covered) !!!!


  8. EmilyMonday, April 28th, 2008 — 6:03am PDT

    I have a huge muffintop and have had many guys compliment me on it and how sexy they find it.

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