fit and flare

adjective
variants: or fit-and-flare

Definition of 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 HamlenPaste8 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 Daily4 Mar. 2014

fit and flare

or fit-and-flare noun, 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 TamotoThe Winnipeg (Manitoba) Free Press13 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 PenningtonHome & GardensNovember 1986

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First Known Use of fit and flare

1954


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