Confessions of a Curvy Mom: Back Fat Is Ruining My Summer Style

back fatHave you ever slipped into some really cute top or dress and thought, "I look fantastic." Then, you do a swivel to catch the view of the backside and the confidence you had just seconds ago crumbles. Why? Back fat -- that fleshy patch the protudes over and under the back of your bra. Ugh. It's the worst. Can you relate?


It's one of the hallmarks of hot weather. It can no longer be hidden by the thick sweaters or blazers I adore during the winter months. Summer clothes are just too thin to mask any imperfections.  I used to think it was because of my weight. Nearly five years after my son was born, I am still not back to my pre-pregnancy shape and I assumed that that was why. Wrong!

This problem affects women of all sizes -- not just those on the softer, plumper side. It's all about the fit of your undergarment. So lately I have been on a quest for bras that don't pinch and pucker my back and it hasn't been easy. It's almost impossible to avoid with regular brassieres -- unless you are shaped like a rail-thin, skin and bones supermodel. But these amazing finds will have save your sexy summer wardrobe. They certainly have done wonders for mine.

First up, the Cami Shaper by Genie:

cami shaper

I swear it's as soft as it is cute. It helps smooth everything out, incredibly comfy and, at $19.99 for a set of 3, it won't break the bank. Coolest part, is that it comes in a rainbow of colors that will compliment just about anything in your wardrobe. (

The Genie bra is also pretty amazing. It has the look of a sports bra but it still gives you a nice shape and a seamless silhouette.

genieAt 3 for $29.97, it's also a steal. Plus, the new Water Color Collection includes perfect summer hues like orange and yellow. (

Then there's Spanx's Bra-llelujah, which you will definitely be thanking the underwear Gods for.


I don't know how they did it, but this bra literally blends into your back. It looks amazing under the thinnest clothes. At $62, it is an investment, but a worthwhile one. (

Is back fat an issue for you? What solutions have you found?


Images via Gareth Williams/Flickr, Spanx, Target and Cami Shaper

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