Clothing can be used to conceal any “flaws” that make you uncomfortable. As a pear shape, I use my clothing to minimize my hips every day. But I often receive emails from readers who are looking to minimize their midsection.
I am typically not a fan of the empire waist dress because it’s a fine line between concealing a thicker midsection and looking like you’re wearing a maternity top. One of my favorite styles for minimizing your belly-area is the twist front dress. The way the fabric drapes acts like camouflage. I keep one in my closet to wear post-vacation or anytime I need a piece of clothing that’s more forgiving in the midsection.
I also liked this cap-sleeve dress where the twist is on the side, a bit like a faux-wrap.
Just a fit note, I usually size up when I buy from ASOS. I find this dramatically improves the fit of most items, though I do need to alter a few of the pieces.