In 2003, the empire waist came back the retail fashion scene with a vengeance. By 2006, the empire had basically taken over. Now, when I walk down the street, one out of every four shirts I see is an empire waist.
At some point, women became convinced that empire waist tops would conceal their middles, but this simply isn’t so. Empire tops were made for pregnant women, women who just finished being pregnant, and no one else.
Because like a denial just draws more attention to a political scandal, draping your middle in a loose drape of fabric just makes someone wonder what you’re hiding under that caftan-like top.
If you’re looking to conceal thickness in the torso or the paunch from an indulgent vacation, there are better ways to do it. Wrap tops and dresses can be slimming. Ruching, pleating and gathers can also be slimming. This dress from Ralph Lauren is a good example of what I’m talking about.
Bottom line, empire waist tops are dated. They’ve gone to the retail trend graveyard, and it’s time to start phasing them out of your wardrobe. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.