Martha Paschal is a youthful-looking 50-year-old financial consultant with what she calls a "muffin top" ― extra rolls of waistline flab. Browsing dresses at Tysons Corner Center mall in Virginia, she said she never looked for spandex until a few years ago, when a store attendant suggested she try on a "pencil" skirt ― one of those slim, body-hugging skirts. She says she never thought she'd own one ― that is, until she tried on a spandex one.
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"They were designed to be a straight skirt, and muffin tops don't look good in pencil skirts," she says. "But now I'm the proud possessor of a pencil skirt that can somewhat camouflage a muffin top."