Empire Style Wedding Dresses
The Empire line wedding dress has a short bodice to just under the bust with a narrow skirt which flows to the hem. Usually with a square neckline and sleeves. The empire style is very versatile and is usually floor length.
The height of the waistline is the major feature of the empire line wedding dress and it is the other design elements that change the overall look of the dress. If you are having a winter wedding you could have long bell sleeves, but if you're planning a beach wedding tiny short sleeves are perfect. Skirt style is important on the empire cut, and the cut and the fabric will depend on the silhouette you want to create.
Lighter fabrics are best for the empire style as they drape and flow to create a romantic effect. Light weight silk tiered so that it gently overlaps in the front, create a romantic gentle effect. An empire style is also perfect for pairing two different fabrics such as a lace bodice with a simple satin skirt.
The empire style is especially suited for you if you have a small bust as it draws attention to the neckline and creates definition. Design detail such as ruching or lace will give you the illusion of a fuller bust.
The traditionally square neckline of the empire dress can also minimise a large bust. While other neckline accentuate breast definition, the square cut modestly covers larger breasts.
Things to Consider:
The design of the empire dress is ideal for covering a multitude of sins as the dress flows from the bust line. An empire dress is also ideal for pregnant brides as the looser skirt can accommodate your growing tummy.
Best Figure Type:
Strangely empire wedding dresses are flattering to the fuller figure as well as those with a smaller bust. If you have a fuller figure avoid ruching or ruffles on the bodice. A good bra and some emphasis on the bodice rather than the skirt will enhance the smaller bust.
Fabrics to use:
Crepe, chiffon, satin, silk velvet all fall beautifully for an empire wedding dress, avoid very thick fabrics such as damask.