Look for: An Empire dress with a skirt that begins just under the bust and flows into a gradual floor-length A-line. Make sure the
Empire seam does not start on the chest and that there is no pleating of the fabric, which is reminiscent of maternity wear.
The dress should play up your shape; if it’s too loose, it will add pounds.
Keep in mind: Find fabrics like satin that provide structure, rather than anything too flowy. If you love the romantic look of airier fabrics, choose a gown with a stiffer base, then add an embroidered tulle overlay.