An Empire waist dress is just one that features a fitted bodice with elastic waistline and lower waist is held above the natural waist. The waistline can be placed above the bust, sometimes just below the top of the bust, or just right under the top of the bust. The skirt is usually long, with a tight fit, and tends to elongate the shapely body. This type of dress makes a great dress to wear with casual clothes, such as khakis and button-up shirts.
There are some empire waist dresses that feature an empire waistline. These dresses tend to be shorter for the bodice and usually come with a full skirt. This type of dress features a short straight cut skirt, which is then gathered into an empire waistline with a pleated hemline. A few empire waist dresses also feature an empire waist and have a halter-necked skirt, which may also be gathered into an empire waist.
There are a few other types of empire waist dresses available to choose from. These dresses will feature a full skirt with a halter-necked neckline, which is also sometimes gathered into an empire waist. They may also feature a longer length, which comes in two separate layers to emphasize the legs and arms. The empire waist dresses may be one piece, one shoulder, or two-piece. They may feature a wide waistline, which is often ruffled at the back of the empire waist. Some empire waist dresses are designed with an empire waist as well, which makes the dress seems much longer.