Empire Silhouette Bridesmaid Dresses
An empire bridesmaid dress has a regal history in the aristocracy and is the choice for brides who want to create a look of class and sophistication for their wedding. Characterized by high waistlines that gather around the midsection just below the bust, the empire is both stylish and traditional.
The design of the empire bridesmaid dress flows smoothly down to the hem to provide the illusion of extra length and gives a long and lean look. The empire style is made to emphasize the bust part of the body without being too revealing. Furthermore, the empire style is very versatile and can accommodate a wide range of formality by adding or removing certain elements of the gown. It is suited for any formal wedding and looks good in any color. [Continue reading..]
Fabric and Styles of Empire Bridesmaid Dress
Bridesmaids can try different length of sleeves to achieve different design effects. While long sleeves that are better suited for regal weddings, sleeveless is better suited for less formal weddings.
The skirt style is another design ideal for an empire cut as it can flow freely or contour to your body depending on the silhouette you want to create. Empire designs work great with lighter fabrics as they give maximum flow from the waistline.
Layered silk chiffon is ideal if you want to achieve a romantic effect especially when the fabric is arranged to overlap smoothly over each other. Lace overlays are another great choice for this style. Lace overlays give an additional air of charm to an otherwise simple gown.
Classic and timeless, empire bridesmaid dresses are great for almost all body types. However, it is popularly suited for pear shaped women as the cut of the dress hides the hips and thighs while drawing attention to the neckline.
Added fabric embellishments such as crystals and bead works and accents like capped sleeves will help draw attention to the chest and neckline and therefore create the illusion of a fuller bust. For bridesmaids who want to achieve the opposite effect, minimize the size of your bust with the traditional square neckline. The empire style is also perfect for pregnant bridesmaids as the fluidity of the design of the dress helps hide the baby bump.
Empire Bridesmaid Dress History
Although the style goes back to the late 18th century, the empire silhouette, empire line, empire waist or just empire is a style that emerged over a century later in early 20th century Britain. The word empire refers to the period of the first French Empire.
Josephine de Beauharnais, Napoleon's first empress, has contributed to the popularity of this style around Europe. The style came into fashion at the last few years of the 18th century at the Central, Western, and other European influenced areas. The French Revolution gave Josephine de Beauharnais an opportunity to develop and simplify the confining and cumbersome style of French high fashion. During the period, the women were given a chance to take a breath of relief from fluffy skirts and hard corsets.
Empire silhouette was a revived style from Greco-Roman art which showed women wearing a cape without sleeves with loose fitting rectangular tunics. It was also attributed to chiton clothes which were similar to a shirt without sleeves and were belted under the bust to provide support for women and a cool, comfortable outfit suitable for the warm climate.
The empire bridesmaid dress is a favorite in many weddings because of its enduring style. Additionally, this style suits many different colors and is easy to accessorize.