Empire- Raised Waistline
The Empire Waist-line is characterized by a horizontal cut, across the body, just below the bust.
The seam of the waist-line is based one or three to five inches higher than the natural waist. The seam is just below the bust.
The garment falls in a slight A-line.
This waistline gives a free-flowing, neat and smooth drape to the fabric involved in the design of the garment.
This waist-line compliments just about any body type. It is an apt one to hide your body flaws and to flaunt your assets.
* This one is particularly good if you want to hide your heavy hips, buttocks, abdomen and thighs ( pear body shape)
* For those whose waist measures several inches larger, this waistline can create wonders. It will camouflage your wide waist and make them appear narrower.
* This waist-line may also enhance a smaller bust size.
* Petite women ( banana body shape) may look taller and curvaceous than they actually are.
* Empire waistline may also accentuate your bust area . So for those who have a larger bust size ( apple body shape) this waistline may prove to be a real blunder.
* Wear them in some rich and chick fabric that has some sheen to it. Simple, plain, dull and cotton ones may end up giving an impression of a maternity wear or a night gown.
An asymmetrical waist-line runs diagonally across the body. The waist-line features a continuous and constant change in the waist-height from one side of the dress to another.
* It elongates the waist and makes you appear taller.
* Full figured women may look slimmer and taller in this waist-line.
* Petite women ( banana body shape) should not give it a try. They should avoid this waistline as the long waist-line may make rest of the body appear shorter.
No Waistline / Princess Seams
Princess seams are featured by long and rounded seams that are sewn into the garments. This seam style creates no waistline at all. They just follow a women's shape closely.
They run vertically down the lower hem from one shoulder over the bust-line to add shaping. They extend from the waist to the arms. This seam-line creates an elongating and slimming look.
It is often co-operated in dresses with an "A-line" silhouette.