Why are surpliced bodices so popular all of a sudden? Surplices wrap the midriff ergo they're flattering and show off a beautiful, wide open, decolletage as well. Another advantage to the surpliced bodice is it proffers a goddessy, classic look. These two dresses are about as different as night and day--one an evening gown cut and the other a full skirted romantic silhouette-- yet both sport unmistakable elegance . . . .