The Classic Dress Trend I’d Happily Wear 365 Days a Year

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.

This is my dream dress—just saying.

An empire waist with a twist or, rather, a sleek cutout.

I’d pair this one with chunky ankle boots.

I love the balloon sleeves on this Ganni frock.

This one would look great dressed up or dressed down.

Can’t go wrong with a fall floral.

Leopard print is always a must.

This dress super cute, but it also looks so comfortable.

I love a dress with pockets.

This print, though.

Daphne Bridgerton would definitely wear this one.

These flouncy straps are too pretty.

Yep, I’m buying this dress in every color.

The perfect everyday dress, IMO.

I love how this dress looks styled with chunky boots.

So many good sleeves this season, I must say.

All I want to wear this fall is sheer lace everything.

These sleeves bring all the drama.

Selkie is always great for empire-waist silhouettes, but this poofy party dress is my new favorite.

Lime green is still having a moment.

I’ll be pairing this one with sneakers and an oversize cardigan on chillier days.

Mutton sleeves? Yes, please!

This polka-dot dress is so chic.

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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