Empire Waist Tops for Fall

Empire Waist Tops are the perfect style of top to help create that classy feminine look since they do accentuate your bust line. However, sometimes the empire waist look can be unflattering if the loose or flared waist line makes you look pregnant.  In the quest to find that perfect empire waist top while also looking figure flattering, here are a few of our ideas of a few good empire waist tops.

Velvet by Graham and Spencer Vevina Long Sleeve Empire Waist Top – A simple, yet classy empire waist top with a loose, but not flared waist.  This top won’t create that pregnant poof at the waist line and features a complementing feminine v neck accented by buttons at the base of the v neck and on the cuffs of the sleeves.  It is part of Velvet’s Baby Jersey collection and consequently made of baby jersey cotton which makes it very soft and comfortable.

Ella Moss Costa Puff Sleeve V Neck – Another great empire waist top that is figure flattering available in Soot, a smokey purple color that is so popular this season.  With pleats around the v neck, a cinched center and puff sleeves, this top is anything but ordinary.  The empire waist line is subtle, but gives this top an elegant look.  The waist below the empire waist line is only slightly flared avoiding the unflattering look.

AlixK Discharge Long Sleeve Turtleneck – An up-in-coming designer with a penchant for feminine touches and details to all of their tops, this collection by AlixK features their amazing silk cotton fabric blend which feels super luxurious (which we are so grateful is machine washable by the way).  Part of AlixK’s signature look is the great embroidery work which is hand-made.  The Discharge turtleneck is great because it is gathered so it doesn’t flop over or need readjusting throughout the day.  Again this empire waist top is distinctive, but isn’t overly flared to give it an unflattering look.

Velvet by Graham and Spencer Piree Ruched V Neck – Part of Velvet’s Gauzy Whisper collection, this lighter weight cotton fabric is another illustration of a flattering, subtle empire waist top.  With ruching around the bustline adding another element of femininity, this top features a wide v neck and a subtle flared waist.  We love the Magnolia purple color too.

In short, in the debate about whether empire waist tops are flattering or not, we side with flattering.  If you find the right empire waist top, the look can be very flattering and oh so feminine.  Understandably, they may not work for every body type, but our point is that you can find the right empire waist tops that don’t make you look pudgy or pregnant.  We love the fluid feminine look of loose empire waist tops too and you can also find many of them when you’re shopping, but for those of you who are searching for the flattering empire waist top, don’t despair, they do exist and they are great feminine pieces for your wardrobe.

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Go Green for Spring

Whether it’s chartreuse, jade, emerald, or lime, green seems to be my favorite color for spring.

Velvet's Martha Boatneck Tunic Dress is Perfect for Spring

Velvet's Martha Boatneck Tunic Dress is Perfect for Spring

This tunic dress designed by Velvet is a great choice for spring. Pair it with legging, jeans or wear it as a dress and you have an adorable look for spring.  This green color also pairs perfectly with blue, denim, red, or yellow so don’t be afraid to spotlight more than one color this spring.

Splendid's 1x1 buttonup long sleeve shirt

Splendid's 1x1 buttonup long sleeve shirt

This long sleeve top made of the softest supima cotton  is so versatile you can really pair it with anything.  I love to wear it buttoned down with a cami underneath.  I love how Splendid designed this top with a layering effect that makes this shirt unique from any other long sleeve shirt you have in your closet.

Splendid's Baby Fleece Hoodie

Splendid's Baby Fleece Hoodie

Also designed by Splendid this Tie Waist Hoodie is perfect for spring and summer.  Featuring an empire waist and a hoodie this top/dress is great to style for any occasion.

Daree Widesleeved Boatneck by Velvet

Daree Widesleeved Boatneck by Velvet

This boatneck top is one of my favorite tops in my closet right now.  I love how Velvet found the perfect shade of green that looks great with every color.  Seen here accesorized with a yellow belt, I wear this top with a red belt,dark jeans, and red shoes.  I have often worn this shirt with a long sleeve underneath and it still looks adorable.  Grab this top and  any of the other green tops I’ve featured at:   VintageFringe.com

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Summer’s Hottest Sweet Pea Tank Tops

Our vote for this summer’s Hottest Sweet Pea Tank Top is the criss cross tank.  Sweet Pea Tanks are light, breezy,and full of colorful fabrics that are the perfect answer to the summer heat.  This summer must have is colorful and features a unique criss cross in the front combined with the signature color pattern so unique to Sweet Pea designer clothing.  This tank also has the classic and always flattering empire waist along with an added length which makes this tank so easy to wear with anything for any body type.

Sweet Pea Criss Cross Tank

Sweet Pea Criss Cross Tank

I wear  this tank by itself with jeans, or layer it with a cardigan and it is perfect for a day of running errands or a night out!  The pattern features a great mix of navy, lilac, light blue, and fuschia colors.  The great colors combined with the length of this tank always looks hot with a set of dark jeans or even leggings.  Find this tank and others from Sweet Pea or our other great designers now at Vintage Fringe.

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Splendid Roses

Splendid Brand clothing is known for their fabulous fabrics, but also for their hip, stylish patterns.  One of our favorite patterns is the black rose pattern featured on this ivy green empire waist v neck top.  Such patterns are yet another great tribute to vintage styles.  This pattern is more subdued than the aforementioned twist on the animal print by Sweet Pea, but for that feminine, stylish look, you can’t go wrong with this classic top by Splendid Brand Clothing.   Speaking of patterns, what is more feminine than roses?

Splendid Clothing

Splendid Clothing

We love the additional feminine touches Splendid adds including the contrasting pattern on the v neck, the cuffs, and the hem.  Nothing is more feminine than an empire waist.   We like the fitted look created in this top, a slight contrast from many modern empire waist tops with looser fits.  The black rose print combined with the ivy green color also creates a distinctive contrast.  Green is currently such a popular color this season as are good patterns.   Last, but certainly not least, this top is extremely comfortable and we love the length of this top.  Depending on your body type, this type typically falls below the hips.

In short, we love the feminine pattern, the style and the color another fabulous piece by Splendid!

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Empire Waist Tops

Velvet Brand Clothing

Velvet Brand Clothing

Empire Waist tops are very popular this upcoming winter.  We’re seeing lots of empire waists that are long creating a modern twist on the tunic style tops. We think this style of top is a mainstay of creating a vintage style look.

One of our favorites at Vintage Fringe is the Vevina top from Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  We love the empire waist, the length, and the buttons used for accents on the sleeves and neckline.  It has a fitted bohemian style top that gives you that sophisticated, yet casual look.  This top is currently available in white, brown (mushroom), pink, and black.

Another great empire waist style top at Vintage Fringe is the Discharge top by AlixK.  The AlixK line features a distinctive fabric with a silk cotton blend and unique hand made embroidery on every top.

AlixK Clothing

AlixK Clothing

They also pay so much attention to the details on the tops with each shirt featuring things like gathered turtlenecks or darts on the bodice.  What we love about the Discharge is the empire waist and design currently available in Black with Grey embroidery and Brown and Lighter Brown  embroidery.  We also have it in Ivory with ivory embroidery that will be available for sale next week.  We hate struggling with some turtlenecks in getting them to stay in the right place.  We love the gathered turtleneck that just falls in place on its own.  You’ll also love the gathered cuffs on the sleeves giving this top another added feminine detail.

These are just a few of our favorite empire waist pieces currently available at Vintage Fringe.

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