fit and flare


variants or fit-and-flare
: fitted through the waist and flaring out at or below the hips
… her dynamic fit and flare skirts and dress shapes are sure to be a hit with their movement and effortless cool.Kit Hamlen, Paste, 8 June 2015
… several fit-and-flare dresses and coats were cut with geometric flaps on the side of the waist for an effect that resembled a handkerchief or godet skirt.Women's Wear Daily, 4 Mar. 2014
fit and flare noun
or fit-and-flare
plural fit and flares or fit-and-flares
This style—a fitted bodice with a flared skirt—is so cute and so flattering for us with a bit more curve. It's always a winner as far as sundress styles go. Look for fit and flares with short sleeves or cap sleeve—a cute update on a classic silhouette. Connie Tamoto, The Winnipeg (Manitoba) Free Press, 13 June 2015
This holiday season's "little black dress" is likely to be a soignee version of fit-and-flare from the Martha Graham school, and gray wool jersey is the overwhelming choice of fabric, often touched with glitter or subtly draped for glamour. Audrey Pennington, Home & Gardens, November 1986

Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fit and flare was in 1954

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near fit and flare

Cite this Entry

“Fit and flare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!