"What is an Empire Waist Dress?"
What is an Empire Waist Dress?
waistline is located above the body's natural waist, sitting directly beneath the bust.
Dresses with an empire waistline
do not necessarily have the empire silhouette
. (For disambiguation, see: Empire Silhouette
Benefits of the Empire Waistline:
The empire waistline's high location on the body elongates the frame
Especially great for petite brides
Flattering waistline for women with a small bustline
The empire waist is a flattering style for both long or short torsos
Things to Consider:
The empire waistline may not be the ideal style for brides who want to really show off their figure (although the following examples show that empire waist dresses can also be very slim-fitting)
Empire Waist Dresses
As stated earlier, the empire waistline can be seen on virtually any silhouette
, and is not exclusive to the Empire silhouette
The A-Line Empire Waist Dress
(See also: A-Line Silhouette
A-line bridal gowns
with an empire waistline can be a bit difficult to distinguish from empire dresses, as the empire silhouette
often features an A-line skirt. However, a true A-Line wedding dress features a skirt that begins to flare at, or slightly below, the body's natural waist
, regardless of the gown's waistline. (The skirt of the empire silhouette
begins to flare away from the body immediately under the bust, and typically does not skim the hips as closely as A-line dresses).
The Fit and Flare Empire Waist Dress
For more information on the fit and flare dress silhouette, see: Fit and Flare Silhouette
The Mermaid Empire Waist Dress
For more information on the mermaid style wedding gown, see: Mermaid Silhouette
The Trumpet Empire Waist Dress
For more information on the trumpet wedding dress, see: Trumpet Silhouette
And Lastly: The Empire Empire Waist Dress (The Empire2 Dress!)
Now that we've seen empire waist dresses in all of the other bridal gown silhouettes, we can compare them to true Empire Line Dresses, to see the differences.
(See also: Empire Silhouette
(Remember: Empire line dresses usually feature either an A-line skirt, or a sheath skirt.)