Mermaid and fit-and-flare dresses appear very similar. However, if you ask for one at a dress fitting, you may get dresses that you did not want to try. There are differences between the two, and understanding what silhouette you will help streamline your dress search!
The mermaid silhouette shapes to the body in the chest to the knee and then, at the knee, has a distinct flare down to the hem. This is a sleek style that highlights every curve that you have. Remember, because of its tightness, and it can be challenging to get around in this dress style. One great thing about the mermaid bridal silhouette though is that it can support almost all necklines and sleeve lengths. It also looks excellent with embellishments or no embellishments at all, as the style is incredibly versatile.
The fit-and-flare silhouette is incredibly similar to a mermaid silhouette. The fit-and-flare silhouette flares more naturally, starting more around the mid-thigh then above the knee. It also does not have the same crinoline featured in a mermaid dress. A fit-and-flare dress looks like the bell of a trumpet. It is as versatile in regards to necklines, but it is easier to move around in then a mermaid dress, which makes the fit-and-flare excellent for dancing.
The form of the skirt and the hem may also affect the way the dress appears. A round skirt that is featured on the mermaid dress offers volume all the way around the lower portion of the dress, whereas a fit-and-flare generates volume which flows behind the bride. There is also a flamenco flair to the mermaid dress that collects the lower portion of the dress right in the front. Stiff fabrics, however, will draw attention to both dresses natural structures and striking forms.
The mermaid cut is not for everyone. This bold design is very form fitting, and so you need to be brave to wear it on your wedding day, especially if it is a hot day in the middle of the summer. The most crucial thing to bear in mind when considering a mermaid dress is whether or not you will feel comfortable wearing it on your big day. It is a good idea to wear shape wear with a mermaid dress, just because it smooths out lines from your undergarments, which you don't want anyone to see. A fit-and-flare dress is a lot more forgiving, though it is still quite a form-fitting option. It has more give, however, and is a better option if you are going to be out on the dance floor all night.
Both the mermaid and fit-and-flare silhouettes are elegant options that are sure to stun all of your guests. It comes down to what you are comfortable wearing and if you think you are going to be doing much running around on your big day. If you are having a big outdoor wedding a fit-and-flare dress over a mermaid dress might be a good choice, but if you are doing a formal, indoor get together, the mermaid silhouette is a great option.