Not only are they great for lots of different body shapes, they are accommodating and flattering for different stages of life and different body changes. I wore empire waist dresses before having a kid because of Stacy and Clinton’s recommendation. They ended up being perfect for pregnancy because they begin higher than the bump, so I already had a ton of non-maternity dresses I could wear through all three trimesters. They were also amazing postpartum because they were comfy and kind to my tender belly, but they were also super duper flattering for the extra postpartum belly.
As I’ve sifted through dresses in my usual go-to stores over the last couple of years I haven’t been able to find as many empire waist dresses. Lately the waistlines have hit several inches below the bust, stretching right across your midsection or over your natural waist. For me, that’s not flattering and makes me look awkward, especially the fuller my belly is, like after eating a big meal haha!
If you’re looking for empire waist dresses, I found a few on Amazon and ModCloth that are featured below. Just note that not all empire waist dresses are the same either, but you shouldn’t have to try TOO many to find a flattering one. Usually the ones with really, really thick waistbands are hit or miss on me. Sometimes the thick waistband starts getting into the “waistband right across my midsection/natural waist” territory. But mostly anything else, like the one above with a thinner waistband, works like a charm for me! Give them a shot!
Most come in multiple colors or prints. They range between $10 – $65.
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (exact–currently on sale for $12!)