Many of us non-model types know a little something about muffin top — you know, the unsightly little overhang of belly fat that appears atop your jeans when the waistband's too tight.
So I was excited when I heard about the Camiband, which is distributed by a Palm Beach County, Fla., company.
The Camiband is a piece of lacy fabric that can be used three ways — as camouflage for muffin top, as a camisole top and as a bathing suit cover-up. The product comes in S-M through L-XL, and you choose the closest fit based on your pants and bra sizes. The material is stretchy, but the Camiband is definitely not a shaper garment.
I had mixed results during my trial. The Camiband was true to size, and I used it each of the three ways. As a camisole, the Camiband was cool and stayed put without any readjustment. The lace pattern provided ample coverage of not-suitable-for-work cleavage. As a bathing suit cover-up/skirt, the fabric let the swimsuit show through while appearing to slim down the hip region.
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But for me, the Camiband as belly camo was a total failure. Every time I stood up or sat down, it shifted. After two hours, it had settled into a roll on my waistband — actually adding heft to the muffin top I was trying to conceal!
The problem seemed to be that the elastic at the top of the Camiband is sized for your bust and hips. If you have an hourglass figure, it's too big to wear around your midsection. It might work better on a woman with a more boyish shape.
So if you're thinking about getting a Camiband as a camisole, go for it. But as midsection camo, forget it.
The Camiband costs $26.99, plus $3 shipping, at Camibands.com.