Debutante Dress Waistlines

The waistline of a debutante dress is the horizontal seam that connects the bodice to the skirt. This might seem like an insignificant part of the dress but it can play a big part in the design of the dress and alter your body shape. So it’s important to pick the right waistline, both for your dress for your body type.

Here’s a guide to some of the most common debutante dress waistlines.

natural waistline

1. Natural

empire waistline

2. Empire

basque waistline

3. Basque

1. Natural

As the name suggests the seam of Natural waistline sits naturally around the waist.

Unless your waist is the widest part of your body shape, it is suitable for almost everyone, as it emphasizes the natural hourglass figure.

A natural waistline also de-emphasizes height in tall brides by visually dividing them in half. Those who have apple figures (larger in the middle) will want to choose another waistline.

2. Empire

The Empire waist sits right below the bust line, with the skirt flowing down loosely beneath it.

They hide the tummy of the bride and draw the attention upward. Empire waist dresses emphasize the bust, so they’re good for the small-chested but aren’t the best choice for the large-chested. Empire is also a good choice if you are pregnant.

3. Basque

Popular with structured ball gowns, the Basque waist consists of two angled seams that form a triangle, pointing downward.

Full-figured brides with lots of curves look great in Basque waist dresses. They minimize the hips and bring balance to a hourglass figure.

asymmetrical waistline

4. Asymmetrical

dropped waistline

5. Dropped

No Waistline / princess seem

6. Princess Seam

4. Asymmetrical

Instead of being straight horizontal seams, Asymmetrical waistline curves around the waist and crosses from the waistline to the hip bone.

Asymmetrical waistline is a modern style. It can be very flattering for a variety of body types.

5. Dropped

A drop waist sits several inches below your natural waistline, creating the illusion of a longer torso.

Those, who has short waist, can achieve a look of balance with a drop waist, but those with an already long waist or those who are extremely petite might look too stretched-out in a drop waist debutante gown.

6. No Waistline (Princess Seam)

Princess line dresses have no seam running across the body, and it’s shape is created by sewing together long vertical strips of fabric. A princess line dress usually follows one’s curves along the sides of the bodice, to the natural waistline, and will then flare at the hips. As long as a princess seam dress is fitted correctly it will flatters most body types.