Ask the Bean: Battling the Empire (Waist). Second City Style Fashion Blog

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July 18, 2007 • Fashion


Dear Bean,

I’ve come to notice that empire-waist tops are everywhere. They
are all so cute and stylish, I’m dying to grab as many as I can. But
I’m nervous that they’ll all make me look pregnant or heavy. I’m not a
stick-figure but I still want to be stylish. What types of tops can I
buy that have the empire waist but still flatter my figure?


Dear Conscious:

You are absolutely right; waists have crept up to the empire once again!
However take a deep breath before fretting about appearing to gain a
gut as soon as you slip one over your skinny jeans. With all the
varying styles and cuts, “empire waist” is no longer synonymous with

There are just a few things to look for when purchasing the empire-waist top. First and foremost, fit it to your body type. You may be curvy, skinny, pear-shaped or top-heavy—whatever shape you are, there is an empire-waist for you.

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3 Responses to Ask the Bean: Battling the Empire (Waist). Second City Style Fashion Blog

  1. deja pseu says:

    I’ve had no luck finding empire waist tops for those of use who are (ahem) a bit on the busty side. Most of the time the “waist” is hitting me right across the widest part of my bust. I’m a size 8. Any suggestions?

  2. Lauren - SCS says:

    Deja Psue,
    I have the same problem. I too am a size 6 or 8 (depending on the day) and am busty. I tend to shy away from this style and sick the the myriad of others that work better on me. Anything that cuts across or under the my chest is BAD.
    However, if the top has a deep-v and is tapered in the back, it can work. Like in #1 & #2.

  3. I don’t know if “empire waist” is synonymous with maternity-wear.But there you ca find the best maternity intimate apparel.

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