May 03, 2013

Fashion History: The Empire Waist

Did you know that the empire waist dress was made popular by Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte in the 19th century?

photo credit: Lea Ann Belter Bridal
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photopin cc
The name "empire" is derived from the first French empire ruled by Bonaparte. Although the style became popular during this era, it has its origins in the classical antiquity of Roman-Greco fashion (think of a grecian style gown).

Personally, I love the empire waist. I think it's a great way to create the illusion of a waistline or enhance what curves you already have.

Are you a fan of Josephine's empire waist style of dress? Let us know in the comments.


26 comments:

  1. I´m following you on GFC and bloglovin too thanks. Kiss

    Mara.

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  2. The dress she is wearing is so pretty . Following you via GFC and bloglovin now ! Love your Spring Summer edition

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    1. Thank You for the lovely comment!
      Feel free to share with us what your spring and summer favorites are :D

      -BFF

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  3. I'M FOLLOWING YOU!
    THANKS FOR THE COMMENT ON MY BLOG!
    KISS

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  4. awesome pic!

    Maybe we could follow each other? :D
    -> I already follow you! (name: "fille")
    Would be really glad, if you follow back ♥

    My fashion blog :)

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  5. Thank you sooo much for the follow,dear.^^
    Follow you back on bloglovin and gfc,too.
    Lovely greets

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    1. No problem, you have a great blog. Thanks for following back :)

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  6. Wow! Now that's an inspiring piece of fashion history!!

    http://sydneycorporate.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Who knew that the empire waist went so far back?

      Thanks for commenting :)

      -BFF

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  7. hello..thanks for a comment on my blog, i am enjoying reading your post anyway!full with the info!love!
    i am your new follower now via GFC and bloglovin'

    theprojectncy.blogspot.com

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  8. I love learning the history about fashion thanks for this informative post!

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  9. Great blog!
    Do you want to follow each other? Let me know!
    http://walls-cant-stop-you.blogspot.com/

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  10. This post is very interesting. I too love the empire waist.
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    Jen
    http://fashionablyfestive.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much Jen! I'll look into these websites.

      -Natalia

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  11. I love this style of post, it's nice to add a little history to the trends. Just found your blog...I'm your newest follower! :') x Olwyn

    http://olwynsworld.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I always find little fashion facts so interesting. Btw you have such a unique name!

      -Natalia

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  12. What's up, just wanted to tell you, I enjoyed this article. It was helpful. Keep on posting!

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  13. Very interesting post, I always liked the empire waist and clothes of the time!
    Btw would you like to follow each other on GFC and Bloglovin?
    Just let me know :)


    xx
    Tali
    www.RockMyHeels.com

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  14. Empire waists are probably my favourite silhouette!

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  15. As fabulous as the empire waist is, the Empress is entirely un-fabulous haha :) So glad I live in this century. I hope you are having a good weekend!

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