Tuesday, 6 September 2011

The Empire Line Dress Strikes Back

Although not synonymous with French chic now, the empire line dress was so called because of its popularity in France during Napoleon’s French Empire and worn by Empress Josephine, a style icon of her time.
The Empire Line dress has a high waistline, usually just under the bust. This style brings attention to the bust area away from the hips, so is good for the pear shaped woman. It also makes smaller busts look a little bit bigger.  However, if you have a large tummy, make sure that the dress does not have too much gathering just under the bust as this can emphasise the tummy area and make you look pregnant. Go for one which has no or little gathering and is more of an A line shape.
Laura Ashley jersey rib dress

The Laura Ashley jersey rib sleeveless dress from their Essentials range is simply styled with an empire line trimmed in ribbed ribbon. 
The skirt has a slight a-line style and is available in black or red.
Fabric: 92% acrylic, 6% polyester and 2% elastane.
Price £86 www.lauraashley.com

Laura Ashley silk geo scarf

Accessories are key to the French chic look especially the scarf. 
Also the scarf will draw the eye upwards away from the hips and bring interest to a simple dress.
Laura Ashley silk geo print scarf brightens the dress with its mix of red, white and black. 
Price £26 100% silk

Hobbs Aubree Bag
With the introduction of black and white by the scarf, this will ensure your zebra print faux ponyskin leather bag  ties in nicely with the rest of the outfit. Hobbs Aubree bag .
Price £249 www.hobbs.co.uk

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