|Old Street Dress; Melissa Shoes; Zara Bag; Forever New Sunglasses
Foschini Hat; Woolworths Bangle
I got this dress from Old Street Retro a couple of years ago and it’s a great piece – it has seen me through my pregnancy (see proof, here!). That’s the beauty of an empire line dress – it suits every body shape. It flatters apples (wide waistline) and pears (wide hip & thigh area) especially because it skims over the stomach, hips and thighs. It also elongates the body – and that is slimming in itself.
Here are a two of my favourite budget-friendly empire maxi’s from Mr Price: blue and print. If you don’t mind splurging, Kapsule have beautiful ones, here and here. And finally, Spree have a range of maxis to suit every shape – and quite a few empire ones. Here are my faves from them: black & white, magenta, colourblock and embellished.
Now, I’m all for women wearing what they want as opposed to “what suits you” because I believe you determine what suits you, because personal style is about wearing what you like, confidently. That said, I suggest an empire maxi for these body types if you want to mask these areas – if not, rock that bodycon dress!