Defined, the empire waist was dubbed by and after Napoleon marking a reign in history when women wore high waistlines, evocative of those classical Grecian gowns. Incidentally, the great conqueror found Grecian anything incredibly beautiful and sexy.

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An empire waist can be joined to either a loose or more fitted skirt. Empires are extremely flattering on certain figure types and can camouflage a myriad of figure woes. If you're flirting with the idea of getting into a gown with a high waist here are some things to consider.

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If your petite and slender an empire will keep that long, vertical line going considering you go floor-length with it. To make the most of this long, lean look, go for slinky fabrics like crepe and silk satin. Tall and slender brides who are small to medium busted will look especially great in the body-hugging empires that show off that long, thin figure.

Are you full-figured with large hips? As long as you're not too busty, an empire paired with a full flared A-line or gathered skirt looks stunning on you. If you're short-waisted empires make your waist look longer. This style hides as well as elongates the natural waist and focuses on the bust and neck area. An empire can have slim or full skirts, take your pick.

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Finally, if you just happen to love the Regency style costumes found in movies like War and Peace and Emma consider the empire waist is all yours for no reason other than you love it. . . .