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Classic Evening Dress

Empire Dresses

Empire style evening dresses are characterized by a high waist and a full length skirt. The waist, which fits snuggly, is fashioned above the waistline of the wearer, usually just under the bust line. This placement is appropriate for those who wish to achieve a slimmer and taller appearance. The style is often most flattering to those who carry a bit of excess weight around their middles or who as shorter and more pear shaped in body structure though taller and slimmer women and those with flatter stomachs also appreciate the style of empire dresses.

Empire evening gowns are traditionally made from lightweight, free flowing materials like silk in order to create a light and airy appearance. They may have several layers of lightweight fabric built into their design but the skirt portion of the gown should move freely, swaying with the breeze and the wearer’s stride. This free flowing character is an essential component of the classic empire evening gown design.

While some hemlines on modern empire dresses may fall at the ankles, the most traditional skirt of the classic empire dress reaches to the floor, covering the shoes while standing and making them only barely visible when seated. These evening gowns are appropriate for any formal occasion, including everything from proms and formal dances to wedding parties and other formal social events.