Empire Wedding Dress

An Empire wedding dress, also known as an Empire waist wedding dress or Empire line wedding dress, is a fantastic all-rounder for pretty much all body shapes.

It features a high waist that sits just below the bust and is often characteristically airy and flowing from the bust down to the hem. This makes an Empire wedding dress an excellent choice for a maternity wedding dress, particularly with a dreamy tulle skirt to float over your bump, such as this Enzoani Empire wedding gown with spaghetti straps and a sweetheart neckline.

The flattering and feminine Empire wedding dress is another great option for apple and pear-shaped brides as it skims the tummy and hips. It’s also an ideal choice for anyone wanting to disguise a long torso and shorter legs and it’s great for petite brides too as the Empire gown style can make you appear taller.

The Empire waist can even create more definition for smaller busts, which can be added to with the use of delicate embellishments to draw the eye to this area. By contrast, fuller busts can be minimised by choosing an Empire line gown with a square neckline. Is there anything this dress can’t do?!

The versatility of an Empire wedding dress means it’s a style that can be suitable for many different types of weddings. This slim A-line gown with an Empire waist by Justin Alexander would be the ideal choice for a rustic barn wedding, or say ‘I do’ to this satin v-neck Casablanca sheath gown with an Empire waist for nuptials on the beach.

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