Post # 1
Okay, so I may be late in figuring out what these terms mean, but this may be some invaluable info for some other bees who like me, had no idea of the differences between these silhouettes! So, hope it helps some of you!
Fit and flare – Flare starts just below hips
Trumpet – Gradual flare starting mid thigh
Mermaid – Flare starts below the knee.
Learn something new every day, eh?!
Happy dress hunting! And while you’re at it, why not throw some shapes (haha bad pun, sorry) my way?
Post # 3
Fit and Flare
Okay, still somewhat confusing, lol!
Post # 4
@SLfairytale: Thank you! This always drove me crazy because they look so similar on the dress sites. 🙂
Post # 5
I knew the defintion of mermaid was so confused about fit and flare and trumpet. This helps but it’s hard to tell lol. I would not wear a mermaid – too hard to dance in
Post # 6
@KittyCatToe: you’re welcome! 🙂
@dressedinlovexo: haha I know, right? Even designers market them wrong sometimes it seems! What hope do we have? Lol
Post # 7
Great info! I always wondered what the heck is the difference! I prefer trumpet.
Post # 8
@dressedinlovexo: It’s not just about the dancing, how on earth do you go to the loo???
Post # 9
This is interesting! Mermaids looked great on me but I literally couldn’t walk in them even 2 steps to stand on a podium, so they were a no go. I think my dress is a trumpet then? The bodice comes down to my thighs at the sides but then it comes up at the front so it’s actually very easy to walk in 🙂
Post # 11
@LaPetiote: Didn’t even think of that…..what do you ladies wear? adult diapers that day/night geeze hahah.
Post # 12
Of these three styles, I like trumpet the best. However, I wore a drop-waist, A-line ball gown.
Post # 13
THANK YOU FOR THIS, I was getting so confused.
I vote fit and flare! I feel like it would be a bit less dramatic, and I’m all about showing off all of my curvy bits but I want to keep it simple and classic. Also, it makes me look way way taller and my waist uber tiny.
I’m on the lookout for a moderately detailed, non-shiny, conservative sweetheart, natural waist, fit & flare dress with a small/no train. Also, lace-up back (my weight fluctuates too much) under $350. Good thing I am starting early!
Post # 14
A lot of mermaids look as if the only way to walk is with teeny tiny steps. They’re pretty, but if the only way you can walk is by inching along I think it’s rather silly.
Post # 15
From what I’ve heard from different wedding consultants, mermaids are falling out of style, while fit n flares and trumpets are still very popular and featured in a lot of the designers new 2014 lines. I did try some mermaids on (definitely don’t have the right body for that shape) and I agree it is really uncomfortable and hard to move in, which is probably why the mermaid hype is calming down
Post # 16
Thanks for this! IMO, trumpets look the most flattering, but with my lack of curves and short stature, I think fit and flare will suit me best.