Fall is finally here, which means it’s officially time to start wearing the many dress trends of the season. While I’ve stocked up on see-through body-con dresses and curve-hugging knits in a variety of vibrant hues, there’s another trend that’s about to be everywhere, and it’s so easy to wear: the empire-waist dress.
There’s really so much to love. Empire waistlines are super comfortable and easy to throw on, and since I’m still very attached to my pandemic-era sweats, I can really get behind that. They’re also incredibly flattering. The skirt floats around the midsection rather than clinging to the body, creating a lengthening effect that makes you look taller. Pretty cool, right?
Whether you’re looking to channel your inner Daphne Bridgerton while patiently awaiting season two or are drawn to the oversize, smocked baby-doll styles à la Scandinavian girls, trust that there’s a style for you. Ahead, I rounded up 25 of the cutest empire-waist dresses to shop right now. You’re welcome.
Cecilie Bahnsen Beatrice Dress ($1002)
This is my dream dress—just saying.
Who What Wear Collection Lauren Cutout Maxi Dress ($200)
An empire waist with a twist or, rather, a sleek cutout.
Azeeza Poplin Thistle Dress ($495)
I’d pair this one with chunky ankle boots.
Ganni Recycled Organza Midi Dress ($345)
I love the balloon sleeves on this Ganni frock.
Sister Jane Dream Midi Smock Dress in Cream Textured Jacquard ($152)
This one would look great dressed up or dressed down.
Zimmermann Floral-Print Empire-Waist Dress ($665)
Can’t go wrong with a fall floral.
ASOS Design V Front V Back Godet Skater Mini Dress in Animal Print ($32)
Leopard print is always a must.
Madewell Lucie Elbow-Sleeve Smocked Midi Dress in Gingham ($128)
This dress super cute, but it also looks so comfortable.
Cinq à Sept Striped Midi Rose Dress ($395)
I love a dress with pockets.
Farm Rio Black Tropical Magic Mini Dress ($175)
This print, though.
Daphne Bridgerton would definitely wear this one.
H&M Slit-Detail Dress ($30)
These flouncy straps are too pretty.
Reformation Michaela Dress ($218)
Yep, I’m buying this dress in every color.
ASOS Design Cotton Babydoll Mini Dress in Black ($22)
The perfect everyday dress, IMO.
Free People Mirage Maxi Dress ($198)
I love how this dress looks styled with chunky boots.
En Saison Combination Ruched Dress ($94)
So many good sleeves this season, I must say.
Alice + Olivia Briar Blouson Sleeve Mini Dress ($495)
All I want to wear this fall is sheer lace everything.
Amanda Uprichard Darling Dress ($233)
These sleeves bring all the drama.
Selkie The Puff Dress in Heritage Rose ($270)
Selkie is always great for empire-waist silhouettes, but this poofy party dress is my new favorite.
River Island Long Sleeve Smocked Midi Dress ($70)
Lime green is still having a moment.
Zara Poplin Midi Dress ($50)
I’ll be pairing this one with sneakers and an oversize cardigan on chillier days.
Kiss the Sky Juliette Long Sleeve Mini Dress ($54)
Mutton sleeves? Yes, please!
Mango Polka-Dot Print Dress ($80)
This polka-dot dress is so chic.
Billabong Be Mine Cotton Minidress ($60)
Another dress that’s giving me Bridgerton vibes.
I love the cut of this dress, but I love the print even more.
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