How to wear an empire waist dress in summer

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You’re trying to get as many outfits as possible over your summer-weight clothes. But you’re also trying to look your best. You’ve got plans this weekend, and you don’t want to be the person who shows up with her shirt pulled over her head. But you don’t want to look like a drowned rat. We’ve got you covered. We’re going to teach you how to wear an empire waist dress in summer. No, not that.

You’ve seen them everywhere, you know the look: It’s the way you see girls in the “page 3” pictures of the celebrity magazines. It’s the way you see women at the beach, at the pool, in the gym, on a date.

“The Empire waist is a timeless silhouette that flatters women with different body types,” says Zoe Spokes, founder of the fashion blog The Pintrest Thesaurus. It’s also the easiest way to add a little glamour to your summer wardrobe.

It’s a great way to show off your best assets.

And best of all, it’s one of the easiest ways to make your outfit look polished. “The empire waist is the perfect shape to highlight your best assets,” says Lauren Bracken, co-founder of the fashion blog The Fashion Snap. “For your chest, try wearing a sleeveless top, or a ruched top. For your waist, wear a pencil skirt. And for your legs, wear a pair of shorts.” You don’t have to be a model to wear the empire waist dresses in summer.

You just have to be you. And that’s the beauty of this silhouette. You can make it look so many different ways, depending on your mood, your style, and what you’re wearing.

So, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular ways to wear the empire waist dress in summer. Take a look, and let us know if you think we missed anything.

How to wear an empire waist dress in summer

Here are some of the ways you can wear the empire waist dress in summer.

  1. The classic

This is probably the most classic way to wear the empire waist dress in summer. The classic empire waist is what most women associate with the shape. And it’s easy to see why.

“It’s a flattering shape for women with a proportionally smaller waist,” says Lauren Bracken. “It can be tricky to find a top that fits well on this shape, but it’s the perfect shape for showing off your waist.”

Some of our favorite empire waist dresses in summer include the women’s solid-colored T-shirt dress by Banana Republic and the black women’s T-shirt.

  1. The ruched top

For some women, the empire waist silhouette works best when it’s worn with a top that’s ruched at the waist. You can wear this style with a sheer or opaque top, but be sure that the top is designed with the waist in mind.

“It’s the perfect shape for showing off your waist,” says Lauren Bracken. “And it looks great on any figure type.” Our favorite empire waist dresses with ruched tops include the ruched top by Blo Blowfish and the ruched top by Sun & Sea.