Empire Waist Dresses and Empire Formal Gowns

Empire-waist dresses offer a classic look that is forever in style. Derived from Neoclassical fashions and inspired by Greco-Roman art, where women were pictured wearing loose fitting tunics belted under the bust, empire-waisted dresses are both supportive and comfortable. Channel the regal elegance of a Greek goddess at your next special occasion in a gorgeous empire-waist gown. Although empire-waist dresses can be form-fitting from neckline to hem, dresses with an empire waistlines are typically snug fitting through the bodice with the skirt falling loosely or straight to the hemline. This classic empire-waist design is still very popular and can be found on formal prom dresses, cocktail dresses, pageant gowns, as well as holiday party dresses. Empire-waist dresses often feature sweeping long skirts or layered tulle skirts and are accented with plenty of beautiful details like jewels or embroidery to portray an ultra-feminine vibe. Shop this assortment of empire-waist dresses at Simply Dresses for your next formal evening gown, party dress, or short cocktail dress with an empire waistline.

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Backless Long Empire-Waist Mermaid Formal Dress
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Beaded Cap Sleeve Formal MOB Dress
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JKA-5217 In Stock

Beaded Cap Sleeve Formal MOB Dress

$129 $249

Navy Gray Black Wine
Cold-Shoulder Empire-Waist Long Black Prom Dress
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Long Floral-Print Formal Dress with Empire Waist
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Metallic-Crepe Short Empire-Waist Party Dress
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Short Strapless Cocktail Dress by Faviana 7420
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Long High-Neck Chiffon Ruched Formal Gown
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CD-GL-G817 In Stock

Long High-Neck Chiffon Ruched Formal Gown

$49 $169

Deep Green Navy Charcoal
Strappy-Back Empire-Waist Long Formal Prom Dress
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Lace-Back Long V-Neck Formal Dress by Simply
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Long Illusion-Lace-Bodice Open-Back Prom Dress
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V-Neck Beaded Long Formal Dress with Sequins
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JU-MA-263312 In Stock

V-Neck Beaded Long Formal Dress with Sequins

$99 $229

Champagne Blush
Long Sleeveless Sequined Lace Formal Gown
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Vintage Violet Long Formal MOB Dress
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Vintage Violet Long Formal MOB Dress

$149 $259

Vintage Violet
Empire-Waist Short Homecoming Dress
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SH-51421 In Stock

Empire-Waist Short Homecoming Dress

$49 $298

Black Blush
Lace-Bodice Knee-Length Black Cocktail Dress
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EM-HLG-1000-018 In Stock

Lace-Bodice Knee-Length Black Cocktail Dress

$29 $79

Black/Nude
Long Glitter Formal Dress in Rose Pink Ombre
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Black V-Neck Mother-of-the-Bride Dress with Sequins
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Empire-Waist Short Navy Blue Homecoming Party Dress
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Short Sleeve Casual Low V-Neck Dress
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LAS-ESL-48300DL In Stock

Short Sleeve Casual Low V-Neck Dress

$29 $39

Black
Short Surplice Flutter-Sleeve Print Casual Dress
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LAS-MVT-DAF204108-7 In Stock

Short Surplice Flutter-Sleeve Print Casual Dress

$29 $39

Pink Blue
Star Print Short Black Ruffle Party Dress
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LAS-LEL-MD3220 In Stock

Star Print Short Black Ruffle Party Dress

$29 $39

Black w/White Stars
Cold-Shoulder Knee-Length Plus Wedding-Guest Dress
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EM-FRD-P-3405-600 In Stock

Cold-Shoulder Knee-Length Plus Wedding-Guest Dress

$29 $49

Red
Sequin-Bodice Long Prom Dress with Empire-Waistline
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Knee-Length Cap-Sleeve Sally Fashion Dress
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Flutter-Sleeve Long Kleinfeld Bridesmaid Dress
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Long Formal Rose Pink Sequin MOB Gown with Capelet
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Full Length Strapless Formal Gown
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DQ-8116

Full Length Strapless Formal Gown

$129 $289

Black Gold
A-Line Ruffle Short Junior Prom Dress by La Femme
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Chiffon Halter-Top A-Line High-Low La Femme Dress
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Empire-Waist Long Formal Prom Dress by Simply
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La Femme Short Strapless Prom Dress
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LF-17649

La Femme Short Strapless Prom Dress

$99 $198

Lavender Light Lime White Watermelon
One Shoulder Short La Femme Dress
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LF-16060

One Shoulder Short La Femme Dress

$99 $198

Aqua/Gold White/Gold Cotton Candy Pink/Gold
Long Formal Dress for Prom
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DQ-8115

Long Formal Dress for Prom

$89 $199

Purple Burgundy Black +5
One-Shoulder Grecian-Inspired Long Formal Dress
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