Ever wonder how to dress to hide a belly? Try an Empire Waist!
An Empire waist is a type of dress or top with a fitted bodice and a raised waistline that comes far up above the natural waistline to just under the bust. The skirt is gently gathered and flows softly over your tummy and bottom half.
The empire waist silhouette originated in Greco-Roman times when women wore tunics with high belts under their busts.
This popular style is flattering on many body types. It’s a favorite with over 40 women around the world because it hides middle age spread and generous hips.
It’s particularly fab on gals who have some belly fat because it acts as a great camouflage. The empire waist draws the eye “up, up and away” from the problem area.
A bonus… this style also make you look taller. How? Your legs look longer and leaner because you waist is made to look higher. And it’s so feminine too. Could it get any better?
If you are wondering what looks best worn with the Empire style- here are some suggestions:
1. Leggings or tights – Many women over 40 who feel they can’t wear leggings or tights just haven’t discovered the empire waist top. This style is the perfect compliment. It’s loose and flowy, so works well with the skinny proportions down below, and it is long enough to cover your behind and thighs so it doesn’t look like you are wearing a leotard.
2. The Right Neckline- The most flattering type of empire waist top or dress is a V-neck or scoop neckline. The high waist puts a nice emphasis on your bust line and showing some d’ecolletage makes your bust look more attractive as well as lengthen your neck and is just more all round flattering. Sometimes you’ll find am empire waist top or dress with a deep v- neckline and in this case it’s quite appropriate to wear a rounded camisole underneath and have it peeking through like the model in the black and camel top photo above. Higher necklines also work if you are small busted.
3. Accessories- You can wear a short or longer necklace with an empire waist top or dress. Dangly earrings also suit this style nicely.
4. Cardigan – In the last few years cropped cardigans have been popular and they look really cute with an empire waist top or dress.
So if you are looking for something to hide your jelly belly, without having to suck it all in with shape wear, then the the Empire waist style is one you should try.
The most flattering types of empire waist tops and dresses are the ones that gently flow straight down from the empire wasitband, rather than having a lot of folds or gathering at the waistband which adds bulk.
Do you look good in an Empire waist style? Send us a photos and we’ll post it!