Shopping for a special occasion dress that fits and flatters your body type. Then pay attention to how the waistline on the dress is designed.
Basque: elongated waistline dips to a “V” or a "U" at front center of the dress; often starts 3” below natural waist. Popular for ball gowns.
- Dropped: waist falls about 3 to 5 inches below the natural waistline.
Tip: Basque or Dropped waistlines add the illusion of extra height, slim the body and can make a long waist appear shorter.
- Empire: waistline flows from just below bust line. This is the highest waistline.
Tip: Empire waistline hides figure flaws through middle of the torso, especially a thick waist and a larger tummy.
Natural: seam hits at the narrowest part of the torso.
- Raised: waistline sits about one inch above natural waist.