I was a little hesitant to try this dress since I find that empire waists can sometimes be unflattering and look like maternity dresses. This dress does not do that at all! It fits like a glove and is very flattering. My only wish is that it would be slightly shorter, but I am short so that is a common problem for me. I am 5'2" and it comes just below my knee. I'm sure for some that would be preferable though and it's an easy fix so it's not a problem. In fact I am going to order the other pattern so that I have both of them, because I love it that much!