Mermaid Gowns versus Empire Gowns

The names of the gowns alone should tell you that both the mermaid gown and empire gown make a statement. The statement you prefer depends on your style and what areas of your body you want to accentuate.

  • Mermaid gown. The mermaid gown accentuates your entire body, from your neckline to your knees, with a form-fitting sheath that has no secrets. It typically features a strapless, sweetheart neckline and an accent near the knee area where the sheath expands into a full and poufy skirt.

    The overall look of the mermaid gown is stylish, modern, sleek and definitely an attention-grabber, but not everyone may want the attention it brings.

  • Empire gown. The empire gown mostly accentuates a gorgeous upper body, focusing attention on the neckline, shoulders and arms. The bodice can be strapless or it can feature straps, as long as they are not too fussy to take the focus away from your shoulders. The gown begins to flare right below the bust line, often beneath a decorative sash or other embellishment that finishes off the bodice.

    The overall look of the empire gown is stylish in a traditional, tasteful and simple way. One of its grandest claims to fame is the wonderful camouflage it provides for heavier hips, butts or middles. The length can range from short to long, always with the emphasis on the form-fitting bodice.

    Colors and additional embellishments are wide open on either gown, with the overall look staying as simple or as elaborate as your tastes. Either gown could be the perfect fit for you.

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