Posted by Cassia on July 01, 1997 at 14:27:51:
In reply to Re: Empire line dresses posted by Anna on June 30, 1997 at 23:34:35
] ] Robyn said -
] ] ] I heard a while back that the empire line-type dresses are coming back into fashion,
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] ] As I recall Nicole Kidman wore a 'Prada' empire line dress at the Academy Awards two years ago...no doubt the rest of us fashionably concious will begin following suit shortly!
] ] Of course, the fashion police said it made Nicole look "fat" (what?! all 120 lbs of her??!). That is probably enough to prevent the rest of us from attempting the same....
] ] Tracy
] They are certainly not for me (5'3", 130lb); unless you're tall and willowy it is not a good look; and even then, as Laura says, they can make you look pregnant unless your posture is perfect!
]Not to worry girls. Empire waists can look good on nearly everyone. The fullness of the dresses varied a great deal during their 20-25 year history. If you are shorter simply took for a dress with less fullnes. For a larger bustline try a vee neck or a scoop neck (how low is up to you) Smaller busts can wear them with more gathers which will add fullnes to the bust. The line of the sleeve can also greatly influence how the bodice is perceived, for example, full bust, full sleeves can make one seem nearly volpine. You also have the option of looking for cuts that don't match front to back; a shorter woman can look stunning in a a dress with a rather fitted front and a loose, nearly Watteau-esque back.
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