Post # 1
I have spent hours upon hours searching for dresses online so when I go to my appt. this saturday I will have an idea for the consultant as to what I am looking for. BUT what is the difference between fit n flare and mermaid…they all look the same to me? From the dresses that I have tried on I know that I like the type of dress the is tight on top and flares out on the bottom, but more of a gradual flare, not over the top. I have a long torso, so I like the ones that almost go down past my butt in tightness.
Post # 3
Hm. I may be wrong, but to me a fit and flare is more of a gradual flare, that starts to flair at the hip. And mermaid is more pronounced, and starts to flare around mid-thigh/knee. That’s just what I think…who knows!
I tried on both and ended up with a mermaid. Everytime I tried on a fit and flare I kept using clips to make it tighter around my butt/legs…I like the more dramatic look!
Post # 4
I had the same question, and someone told me that fit and flare is tight through upper thighs and then goes out, while mermaid is tight to below your knees.
Post # 5
Typically the fit and flare is tight to just past your hips and then flares out from your thigh to the ground. A mermaid is fitted tight to the knee and then flares out.
It sounds like you prefer the fit and flare. Perhaps try a modified A-line as well, which often is similar in shape to a fit and flare, although they are typically a little less dramatic. Good luck shopping – have fun!
Post # 6
I always think of a fit and flare or trumpet sillouette as more of a modified A-Line than a modified mermaid. It combines the fitted hips, but flares out gently. The mermaid sillouette is much more fitted further down the thighs and flares out more dramatically.
Post # 7
Fit and flare is definitely a newer style. Flares out right below the butt and mermaid has a lower flare at the knees or so.