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Empire Waistline


"What is an Empire Waist Dress?"

What is an Empire Waist Dress?

The empire 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).

A perfect example of an A-line empire waist dress is Allure Bridal Gown 2412:
Allure Empire Waist Dress
Allure Bridal Gown 2412



The Fit and Flare Empire Waist Dress

For more information on the fit and flare dress silhouette, see: Fit and Flare Silhouette

Maggie Sottero Bridal Gown Vidal is a stunning example of an Empire Waist Dress with a fit and flare silhouette:
Maggie Sottero Empire Waist Dress
Maggie Sottero Bridal Gown Vidal


The Mermaid Empire Waist Dress
For more information on the mermaid style wedding gown, see: Mermaid Silhouette

A great example of an empire waist dress with a mermaid silhouette is Allure Bridal Gown 8717:
Allure Empire Waist Dress
Allure Bridal Gown 8717

The Trumpet Empire Waist Dress

For more information on the trumpet wedding dress, see: Trumpet Silhouette

Maggie Sottero Bridal Gown Evelyn is a beautiful example of an empire waist dress with a trumpet silhouette:
Maggie Sottero Empire Waist Dress
Maggie Sottero Bridal Gown Evelyn

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.)

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


Bridal Gown Casablanca 1900 is a great example of empire waist dresses with an A-line skirt:
Casablanca 1900
Bridal Gown Casablanca 1900

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