Basque, Empire, Dropped, Natural and other wedding dress Waistlines

By on September 23, 2015

The waistline of your wedding dress is important in defining your overall wedding day look. It is one feature that can make all the difference between whether you look tall or short and slender or curvy. Picking the right waistline for your dress can help you balance your entire look.

Let us look at the various types of waistlines that appear on wedding dresses, and help you identify the ones that are right for your body shape.

Basque

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This waistline lies close to the natural waist, but the seams from either side interconnect to form an inverted triangle in the front. It is usually found on structured ball gowns, where it defines the beginning of a layered skirt, and minimizes the size of the hips.

It looks best if you are pear-shaped or have an hourglass figure. The dip in the center creates the illusion of length and the pattern is slimming.

Avoid if you have a large waistline or if you are apple-shaped.

Empire

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The waistline is defined right below the bust, and the skirt usually flows loosely to hide the natural waist, while drawing attention to the chest.

It looks best on shorter brides who wish to look lean and tall and brides with small busts. It is also a good choice if your tummy looks puffy despite using inner shapewear.

Avoid if you are large-chested, as the pattern draws focus to your chest area.

Dropped Waist

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A dropped waist falls lower than the natural waistline. It creates the illusion of a longer and leaner torso.

It looks best if you have a small natural waistline, an hourglass figure or wide-hips.

Avoid if you are petite or if your natural waistline is already low.

Natural Waist

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As the name suggests, the waistline of the dress coincides with your actual waistline, just above your hips. It creates an hourglass figure, while reducing your length by adding a seam at the centre.

It looks best if you have a slender waist or are hourglass-figured. When the dress is a ball gown it works for pear-shaped brides too

Avoid if you are apple-shaped.

Asymmetrical

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Another more popular design is the asymmetrical waistline, where the seams drape the body asymmetrically, usually in a diagonal fashion. When it is done properly in a suitable fabric that holds its shape, it suits most body types.

It looks best on brides who are tall and slim, with an hourglass figure.

Avoid if you are short, as the diagonal drape of the waistline can make you look even shorter.

No Waistline

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These dresses have no noticeable waistline. Instead it flows gently from the bodice to the skirt, fitting snugly along your natural body curves.

It looks best on brides with hourglass figures, or those who are slender with just the right amount of curves.

Avoid if you are rectangular or wish to camouflage any problem areas with the help of your wedding dress silhouette.

While these rules can help, a dress may still drape differently from what is expected. The best way to find out is to try it on and see for yourself.

To check these wedding dresses out, or to find more options in the pattern you love, visit us at Best for Bride.

About Olga Pomeransky

Olga is manager at Best for Bride since 2005. Currently Best for Bride operates 4 bridal stores in Canada (Toronto, Etobicoke, Hamilton and Barrie). Best for Bride sells wedding, bridesmaids, mob dresses and more. http://www.BestForBride.com

4 Comments

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    Jenny Vilerman

    September 23, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    I always like the look of the empire waistline!

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      Tara Walter

      November 16, 2015 at 8:35 AM

      Me too, but doesn’t that basque waist look very similar?

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    April Brown

    October 30, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    I always had an empire waist of an idea in my mind. I am taller and slim, so according to what you have posted here, that should work well!

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    Kimberly Silva

    October 30, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    I think I am going to go with a dropped waist.

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