Your wedding day is your time to shine, and an empire-waist wedding dress tells a unique story you don’t often see walk down the aisle. Show off your curves with a lace A-line gown similar to Kelly Clarkson’s wedding look, or create a bold, contemporary silhouette with an empire-waist ball gown like Jessica Biel wore to celebrate her nuptials. Embrace a whimsical storybook theme with softer lines a la “Pride and Prejudice.” You’ll find a style that flatters your body and sets the tone for a magical day.
What is an empire waist wedding dress?
An empire-waist wedding dress is a gown with a raised waistline. The exact placement of the waistline can vary – it’s all up to the designer and the shape they create. Some brides prefer extra definition just below the bustline, while others choose gowns that put the emphasis just above the natural waistline. For decades, this has been a popular style because it can flatter so many figures.
Today’s empire-waist wedding gowns are whimsical and romantic, and you can easily personalize the look. Consider these trends as you shop:
Belted empire waist
Adding this one accessory emphasizes your waist and can make you look taller. Accent an A-line or gently gathered empire-waist gown with a colored ribbon tied in a soft bow or wear a belt or sash embellished with sparkling beads.
A narrow V-shaped neckline on a curve-hugging empire-waist wedding gown is sexy and elegant. Frame your face and décolletage with a triangle-cut bodice and let the elongated skirt swish as you dance the night away. Add a necklace with a touch of sparkle to finish the look and all eyes will be on you.
Empire-waist ball gown
This is the look for a playful, modern bride who wants to stand out and turn heads. Surround yourself in tiered layers of tulle or organza, or embrace true glamour with a gathered matte satin empire-waist ball gown. Wear a blue gown or other pops of color for an unconventional ensemble your partner and wedding guests will never forget.
Baby doll wedding dress
Who says you have to wear a long gown for your wedding day? You’re already playing with shape when you wear an empire-waist gown. Show some leg and a lot of personality in a cropped dress with a high waist like this stunning Draped Rose Baby Doll dress by Viktor and Rolf Marriage.