(Closed) empire waist dresses – how much does waist measurement matter?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3718 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Can I see a pic of the dress? Normally not much. But, I have seen many thick waisted, flat chested girls look pregnant in an empire waist dress, so be sure to have them try it on.

Post # 6
206 posts
Helper bee

I’d say go with the bust measurement because the dress is pretty flowy and has a lot of room at the waist. 

Post # 7
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I would go for whatever the smaller size is. Too much fabric around the waist on an empire line can give the dreaded “pregnant” effect. I think it’s always better for them to be a tiny bit tight.

Post # 8
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

I think the rule of thumb when ordering formal dresses is to order the sizeof the dress by the largest measurement on the body.  Even in an empire waist dress, the closure may be affected (zipper back) if it isn’t wide enough to work. It will also depend on if the dress is lined (as it appears yours is), as that part is usually more fitted to the body underneath the top layer.

Post # 9
963 posts
Busy bee

@arabesque:  Personally I will go with the bust measurement. This is the only part that will keep the dress up, you don’t want the dress sliding down their boobs Embarassed

Post # 10
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m wearing a similar bridesmaids dress and the lining was surprisingly tight! If you’re ordering without them trying it on go for the biggest measurements and get it altered / wear straps. The whole chiffon and lining that mine was made of was see through as well (though this will depend on colour. I have a large bust in comparison to waist and not only does it not fit properly, I also look pregnant 🙁 (I would say it easier to alter the bust than the waist – I plan on adding a sash or something to battle it ha ha!) 

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