I clearly remember the empire waist being in style at some point back when I was a teenager and a busty friend complaining to me about all the cute things, like empire waists, that looked so much better on smaller boobs. I couldn’t agree more at the time, which is why I don’t understand how they have become such a staple for boob-friendly clothing companies. Note that an empire waist (sitting just under the bust) is different from a high waist (sitting a bit above the navel).
About fashion page on “Empire” : “Best on slender-on-top or petite figures”
Wikipedia’s page on Empire silhouette : “The outline is especially flattering to pear shapes”
Now, most busty women are either apple shaped or hourglasses. And while some items with an empire waist might work depending on the shape, length and neckline, I just dont get why it is touted as universally flattering. There are three things that bother me about empire waists:
- They make you look pregnant. Especially (but not only)if the top/dress is kind of floaty like a babydoll.
Case in point: compare these two pictures of the same model.
These type of clothing emphasize the bust and erase the waist, unless they are extremely fitted.
This dress is not really floaty, but the model’s waist is nowhere to be seen.
I like people offering me a seat in public transport as much as the next girl but I’d rather not wear something that hide the smallest part of my body (and trust me I don’t have a nipped in waist) while outlining what’s already large, which brings me to the next point.
- They make yours boobs look bigger. I’m not advocating for busty women to spend their life camouflaging, but I don’t know many H+ cup women who actually want to make their chest appear larger than it is. Add in a scoop or square necline and while our A cup sisters will look like a dainty medieval young lady, the result on an H+ cleavage will be more not-so-classy milkmaid.
- They make your boobs look saggy. This can be mitigated if the top is long and fitted, but as a general rule the illusion of your boobs sitting just on your waist is not the best look in my opinion.