Have you been invited to a formal party or are you just looking for a comfortable but stylish dress to enhance the beauty of your body? Here is a short introduction to empire waist dresses and why they might be the ideal choice for you.
After a short description and a couple of ways to mix them in different types of outfits, we will take a look at all the details you should consider next time you go shopping for a dress meant to create an optical illusion and make you look taller, slimmer and more self-confident.
What are empire waist dresses?
This type of dresses with the waistline right below the bust are usually made in fluid fabrics, which caress and flatter the silhouette, making it look more feminine. Inspired by the long Greek-Roman tunics fixed with a belt right under the bust, they became popular in the nineteenth century.
Where and when can we wear them?
Soft fabrics such as chiffon, often used to make empire waist dresses, have an excellent draping, which makes them very elegant and romantic. This is exactly why they are perfect in formal occasions, for an apparently simple yet refined look. You can also wear a dress with the same waist line but in a less pretentious printed fabric, such as linen and cotton, for a pleasant walk in spring or summer.
How can we mix and match them?
For an evening outfit designed to lengthen your silhouette, a nice pair of high-heel sandals and a matching clutch will do. You can add a fine necklace to a generous cleavage. On the other hand, in case you choose an updo hairstyle, you can try a pair of long earrings.
For a romantic daytime look, simpy replace high heels with more comfortable shoes, such as flat sandals or wedges. A small purse or a handbag will perfectly complement your outfit.
Why should we wear them?
The main reason why you should try this type of dresses consists in the cut that flatters your body and makes you look taller. For some extra length, I recommend you a V neckline.
It’s the best choice for women with rather wide hips.
In case you want to draw attention away from rather large shoulders, opt for a sleeveless halter dress. Prints and/or bright colors will also help you draw the attention towards the lower part of the body. You can choose a surplice V neckline or opt for a strapless version.
If you aim to hide a protruding belly while camouflaging small breasts, choose a dress with a softly draped bodice and scoop neckline.
If you found this article helpful, I invite you to share it on your social media. In case you want to receive a notification every time I publish a new post, remember to subscribe to the newsletter.