Whether we call them fit and flare, mermaid or fishtail, or even trumpet dresses, we are all meaning the same thing, a figure-hugging gown with a statement skirt. They are incredibly versatile, perfect for all shapes and sizes.
This design by Maggie Sottero combines the modern with vintage vibes to create something truly unique. The lace pattern covering the back, shoulders and cuffs, is also picked up on the front and around the hem. The line of buttons runs from the top to the bottom, accentuating your figure.
This halterneck design by Ronald Joyce has a dramatic back. The tulle flare skirt continues the delicate pattern and completes the sleek silhouette.
The detail on this dress makes it stand out, the dress pattern is picked out in the invisible sleeves as well as the hem of the dress. The 3D edging softens the hem for a gentle image.
Simplicity can be just as effective as detail. The skirt finished just above the ground with the flare element at the back like a train.
By Essence of Australia, this dress follows the fit and flare style and adds a top-skirt, creating movement and depth with the extra material without compromising your favoured style. You can also remove the top-skirt later in the day for the second bridal look.
I love this dress by Pantora Bridal for two reasons. The first is, it demonstrates the impact the material used for the flare can make. The other is it flaunts the model’s figure. Fit and flare dresses are extremely flattering on us women with curves.
The size of the flare is up to the bride. You could have something that trails only a few inches behind you, or you can have something more dramatic that makes it into a full train.
Last week, when we explored sleeves, flutter sleeves were an important design feature in the latest dresses. This second example from Maggie Sottero combines flutter sleeves with a fit and flare dress for a dreamy, romantic look.
Why not take a look at our other wedding blogs for more inspiration!