Fit and flare party dresses - The style to watch out for!
Fashion has been quite at its dynamic best in the last century or so. Never has it witnessed such shifts between old and new styles, such monumental changes in perception, such diverse experiments and innovations being accommodated. To top it all, women have developed a far keener interest, intention and enthusiasm towards fashion-forwardness. While in 1910, there used to be only some reserved silhouettes, today we have a plethora of unique and exciting silhouettes. What’s more, there is something special and exclusive for every body type. Be it androgynous, futuristic or three-dimensional, many of these silhouettes are being improvised in such a way that medical anatomy, structural engineering and architecture are all being implemented into fashion design. Sounds too heavy? Well, it is the era of scientific and rational thought, so why should fashion be bereft of it? The fit and flare dress, which we are talking about, is one such example of fashion statement that fuses all of these. It is basically a two-piece dress that has a fitted shirt/bodice at the upper half, ending just above the navel. It is joined to a pleated/flared /A-line skirt with a hem that usually ends just at the mid-calf, or knee, if not a little above the knee.
Perfect for legged beauties, for it allows you to flaunt your legs like no other dress, it also de-emphasizes those features which are not so flattering. The skirt can have lot of ruches and layers to add more volume and flare to it, while a lot can be tried with the bodice to make it versatile according to one’s needs and choices. For example, for one who wants to shift attention away from her bust and shoulders, she can wear a fit and flare dress with a Queen Anne neckline. The square pattern of this neckline flattens the bust and focuses instead on the decollete, which women with wide shoulders usually tend to possess. If your kind of fashion is predominantly demure and classy, then this is perfect for you. You can go for the halter-neck style if you have smaller bust and squat shoulders, for it draws attention on the shoulders and neck, while the sweet heart neckline creates the illusion of a fuller bust. Conversely, do you have a fuller bust and not inhibited about flaunting in it style? Go for a bandeau fit and flare dress which not only provides extra support, but also enhances your look with the off-shoulder details on the front band. Some come with big bows, others have quirky designs on them for a pretty look.
Choosing a camisole neckline for this kind of dress might initially seem to be a little tricky, but it is very advantageous for women with smaller bust/low bust lines. Again, if you want to emphasize just your legs, then place your bet on a fit and flare dress with a slit neckline. However, since it completely covers the upper half of your body, you can try accessorizing with costume jewellery or statement neck-pieces. A fun way to wear fit and flare dresses is to go for panelled bodices, which most women find to be a “forgiving” silhouette. If you’re unsure as to how you can give your dress an edgy look, then this is your way out- it will bare some skin, while not overexposing. If playful dressing is your forte, then the sweetheart neckline is made just for you! Be it a casual outing or a cocktail party, a sweetheart neckline fit and flare dress gives you a younger and more flattering look. The shirt style fit and flare dress can prove to be the most versatile one, as it can be worn with buttons open with a bandeau or tube top underneath, or can even be buttoned up for a more elegant, ladylike look. Or if you like, you can keep it balanced by buttoning it midway; whichever way it is worn, it is sure to augment your personality!
Fitting tightly in the upper half of your body, slimming down your midsection and then flaring out at the skirt- this kind of dress is sure to give a new twist and tanginess to your look!