From times to times, I meet phrases like “I want a dress in Greek style, you know, such an Empire Weist” in the internet and in conversations, – and my eye starts twitching 🙈. I have no idea why this difference in styles bothers me, but I decided to write about that 🙂
🔱 When they talk about the Greek style, they immediately mention a high waist: as a rule, people do not know that everything was okay with the waists and their designations for Greek women. The secret of an ancient Greek woman’s waist is simple: ☝🏻 Are you not married? – Waist belt. Are you married? – Belt under the chest. A dress in the Greek style is a kind of tunic or chiton, preferably asymmetrically draped.
⚜️ What is the Empire style and how does it differ from the Greek style? It has Greek roots, or, to be more exact, Roman. Empire is a child of the late Renaissance, that is, the renaissance of Roman-Greek culture. The basis of an Empire dress is, for sure, Roman-Greek with its soft fabrics, open shoulders, and A HIGH WAIST (always). But it’s only a basis, in reality there is not so much in common for these styles: lantern sleeves, laces, rich and patterned fabrics, firm body of a dress were popular in the Empire style.
☝🏻Thereas, it is difficult to imagine Greek women in such dresses as they practiced freedom and simplicity of lines.
To sum up, a Greek dress and an Empire dress are two different things! Always yours, Cap (Captain Obvious) 👨🏻✈️