(Closed) Fit n Flair vrs. Mermaid?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1806 posts
Buzzing bee

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
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
4410 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA

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
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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.

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