Choosing an Empire style wedding gown

The most definitive feature of an Empire style wedding gown is a raised waistline that sits just below the bust and then the rest of the gown flows out down to the hem of the dress. Paired with a neckline that is square, sleeves or straps this dress is perfect for a formal wedding.
As well as the prominent waistline, there are also other design options that contribute to the look of the Empire style gown. This style of gown looks fabulous with long bell-shaped sleeves suitable for weddings in winter as well as sleeveless for an outdoor summer wedding. You also have the choice of having a free flowing skirt or a more fitted skirt that hugs your body. The design depends entirely on the look that you want to create.
For an Empire dress to be truly fabulous and princess-like it should be made entirely out of lighter fabrics. As the dress has a raised waistline you need to be able to freely move from the waist and this will only work with light flowing fabric. If you want to feel like a princess then have a base fabric with layers of silk chiffon. This will create a princess look that suggests romance. Another great choice of fabric for this type of dress is lace as this adds great detail and texture to a very simple dress design. If you want to look more elegant and sophisticated then an Empire dress works well with two fabrics – brocade fitted bodice with a simple flowing skirt made from satin.

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