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Empire Silhouette


What is an Empire Line Dress?

What is an Empire Line Dress?

The empire silhouette is predominantly defined by its waistline, which is positioned directly beneath the bust, where it meets the skirt.

The skirt of empire line dresses either follows the same lines as a sheath skirt, cascading softly to the ground; or an A-line skirt, gradually flaring away from the body, starting right under the bust.

To be categorized as an empire dress, the gown must feature a fitted bodice, with a loosely draped, or flared skirt. (An empire waist dress does not necessarily have an empire silhouette, for disambiguation, see: Empire Waistline)

Maggie Sottero Ireland is a great example of empire dresses with a sheath skirt:
Mori Lee Bridal Gown 6501
Maggie Sottero Ireland Bridal Gown


Casablanca 1976 Bridal Gown is a great example of empire dresses with an A-line skirt:
Casablanca 1976
Casablanca 1976 Bridal Gown

Benefits of Empire Line Dresses:

  • The high waistline of  empire dresses elongates the frame and hides lower body flaws, making it a flattering silhouette on almost all figures
    • Especially great for petite brides
  • Empire dresses are a beautifully flattering style for full-figured brides (See Empire Plus Size Wedding Dresses)
  • Flattering silhouette for women with a small bustline
  • Great for long, short, and wide torsos
  • Perfect for pear-shaped figures
  • Great for accommodating and/or disguising a pregnant belly (especially great if you have old-fashioned family members!)

Things to Consider:

  • Empire line dresses are not an ideal style for complementing an hourglass figure

Empire Wedding Dresses

The empire dress silhouette, similar to the sheath, is a very versatile style. This figure-flattering silhouette can look modern, Grecian, formal, semi-formal, or informal.

Empire Wedding Dresses with Trains

Trains instantly transforms any style into a more formal wedding dress (see Formal vs. Informal Wedding Dresses).
 
With luxurious lace and a chapel train, Maggie Sottero Bridal Gown Polly is a stunning example of formal wedding dresses with the empire silhouette:
Maggie Sottero Bridal Gown Polly Maggie Sottero Bridal Gown Polly
Maggie Sottero Bridal Gown Polly

Empire Plus Size Wedding Dresses

Empire line dresses are an incredibly flattering style for a curvy figure, complementing and highlighting all the right areas.
 
Allure Bridal Gown W272 is an especially fabulous example of plus size wedding dresses with an empire silhouette:
Allure Bridal Gown W272
Allure Bridal Gown W272

Grecian Wedding Gowns

Empire dresses can give you that beautiful Greek goddess look. Grecian wedding gowns are a little bit trendy, a little bit classic, and a lot-a-bit gorgeous!

Maggie Sottero Bridal Gown Asha is a beautiful example of Grecian wedding gowns:
Maggie Sottero Bridal Gown Asha
Maggie Sottero Bridal Gown Asha

Empire Dresses for Destination Weddings

The light, flowing style of many empire dresses makes them great for destination weddings. And they're easy to pack! (You won't be fitting a ball gown into a suitcase anytime soon!)

With its funky, removable, floral strap, Maggie Sottero - Destinations Bridal Gown SD5230 is a perfect example of empire dresses for destination weddings:
Maggie Sottero – Destinations SD5230 Maggie Sottero – Destinations SD5230
Maggie Sottero - Destinations Bridal Gown SD5230


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