4 Reasons Why You Need a Fit and Flare Dress

Spring is undoubtedly my favorite season. The varied sounds of the birds outside my window in the morning as I wake up, the warm afternoon sunshine, cool breezes that calm the evenings; everything points to summer being just around the corner. There is just so much to love about this season! For spring fashion, I start leaning toward that essential dress I can throw on for a day in the sun. The feminine aspect of a fit-and-flare, as well as the essential spring Gingham print makes this dress the best of both worlds. Read on for 4 reasons why a fit-and-flare dress is a springtime essential.

Gingham Fit and Flare Dress | Style Miss Molly
Gingham Fit and Flare Dress | Style Miss Molly
1. It’s flattering.

You hear that ladies? This is a dress that is extremely flattering on you. Because of the narrowing of the waist, this fit looks amazing on all body types. They hide problem areas and give you a slim, tailored waist. Who doesn’t want that?!

Gingham Fit and Flare Dress | Style Miss Molly

Gingham Fit and Flare Dress | Style Miss Molly

2. It’s easy to wear.

Throw on this dress for the day and you will look effortlessly chic. Whether it’s brunch with the girls or picnic with your significant other, this gingham fit-and-flare will add the perfect springtime look as you go about your day.

Gingham Fit and Flare Dress | Style Miss Molly

Gingham Fit and Flare Dress | Style Miss Molly
3. It’s feminine.

There’s a reason why a fit-and-flare dress will never go out of style. I’m reminded of the housewives from the 50’s who began wearing this style to show off their feminine hourglass figures. Not that I have any desire to live like a 1950’s housewife, but with a dress that looks this good on everyone, you can guarantee it won’t be going out of style.

Gingham Fit and Flare Dress | Style Miss Molly
Gingham Fit and Flare Dress | Style Miss Molly
4. It’s versatile.

One of my requirements for finding the perfect spring dress is versatility. Can you dress it up or down? This gingham print dress will work for numerous occasions. Pair it with a leather jacket for an edgier look, a denim jacket for a more casual look or add a statement necklace and some white pumps to dress it up a bit.

Gingham Fit and Flare Dress | Style Miss Molly Gingham Fit and Flare Dress | Style Miss Molly

I’d love to hear, where would you wear your Gingham fit-and-flare dress to?

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To find the perfect gingham fit-and-flare dress for you, I’ve spent some time shopping and choosing my favorites with a variety of different necklines to fit your style and body type. Many sizes are selling out fast because this is such a popular item for spring!

Photo Credit //  Samantha Weissbach Photography

Molly Lawson

I’m Molly Lawson! I live in Seattle and am an optimist, adventurer, and bold lipstick wearer. I created this space to inspire and empower women with words of encouragement known as #MollysWords and share inspiration through my personal style. I always want my readers to leave with a smile and I hope you do!

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  1. Heather Gullett Denniston
    May 11, 2016 / 7:39 am

    I am in total agreement. Sooooo cute!

    • May 11, 2016 / 8:18 am

      So glad you agree! Thanks for the love!

      • May 12, 2016 / 5:42 pm

        hmm, it works now. It went to a 404 error page on your site before. Maybe it was a quick glitch?

  2. May 11, 2016 / 7:48 am

    You seriously look SO cute. You’re absolutely right – a good fit-n’-flare is so versatile and flattering and effortlessly chic. A must in any gal’s wardrobe, in my humble opinion!!

    Coming Up Roses

    • May 11, 2016 / 8:19 am

      Erica, your humble opinion is a GREAT opinion, because I always love how you dress! So glad you agree with me!

  3. Jessica Rhae
    May 11, 2016 / 8:06 am

    I definitely need a dress like that. I don’t dress nice on a daily basis because I have dogs but I want a comfortable dress that will hide my “fluffy” tummy for networking and business events.

    • May 11, 2016 / 8:20 am

      Jessica, I know what you mean! This style would be perfect for your networking events!

  4. Terumi Pong
    May 11, 2016 / 8:18 am

    That dress is adorable! And what great reasons to wear it too:)

    • May 11, 2016 / 8:20 am

      Thanks girl! It’s Gingham too, which totally makes it an added bonus!

  5. Greta Hollar
    May 11, 2016 / 8:25 am

    I’m a sucker for gingham and fit and flare dresses. They go with everything!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    • May 12, 2016 / 3:32 pm

      Right?! I love both too so this combination was perfection to me!

    • May 12, 2016 / 3:32 pm

      Exactly Maggie, you get me! Thanks for the compliments!

    • May 12, 2016 / 3:32 pm

      Thanks so much Anna! I sure do love it!

  6. May 11, 2016 / 11:44 am

    Such an adorable dress. You pull of gingham SO well!

    Stephanie | drunkonvogue.com

    • May 12, 2016 / 3:33 pm

      Thanks Stephanie! I don’t have a lot of gingham but this dress definitely made the cut!

  7. May 11, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    This is my favorite style of dress to wear!!

    • May 12, 2016 / 3:33 pm

      I can see why! It looks good on everyone! πŸ™‚

  8. May 11, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Yes yes yes! I love that dress and I love fit and flares! I have three of them haha. Thanks for sharing! You look adorable!

    • May 12, 2016 / 3:35 pm

      I need to step up my fit and flare game! πŸ™‚ LOVE them! and A line skirts. Thank you Kaycie!

  9. May 12, 2016 / 12:51 am

    I love fit and flares for all the reason you listed. They have just enough twirl to bring a big smile to your face when wearing it too! Hey, are you in Tacoma for this shoot by chance? It looks a lot like the place that Jenn/Hello Rigby, Megan, and Hilary were at a few weeks back. Either that or I’ve seen it somewhere else I’m trying to place…

    • May 12, 2016 / 3:37 pm

      Glad you agree with me. Thanks Angie! yes, this is in Tacoma! Opera Alley πŸ™‚ I love to shoot there a lot.

  10. May 12, 2016 / 7:55 am

    Oh my gosh, YES! I have a dress in this style and every.single.time I wear it, I get raving compliments. Without fail. I love it!! Thanks for inspiring me to buy more πŸ™‚

    • May 12, 2016 / 3:25 pm

      Yes, get more! I want more too for sure! πŸ™‚

  11. LeighAnn Searle
    May 12, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    Spring and summer are definitely my two favorite seasons! I love being able to style all the pretty dresses!!

    • May 12, 2016 / 3:25 pm

      Yes exactly! So glad you get me girl! Most girls like fall but I love spring/summer fashion way more!

  12. May 12, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    Love, Love this outfit!

    p.s. Your bloglovin’ link isn’t working where is says “Subscribe to my blog via e-mail here or through Bloglovin’”.


    • May 12, 2016 / 3:23 pm

      Hey thank you girl! So glad you told me! Could you tell me what it goes to? It works for me.

  13. Shell Peterson
    May 12, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    Such a cute dress on you!
    I love how your sweet personality just shines through each picture!
    xo, Shell

    • May 23, 2016 / 11:09 pm

      Thanks Shell! I think it’s so fun to have fun in life and taking photos is definitely one of those fun times for me. Keep smiling!

  14. Heather Gullett Denniston
    May 12, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    This dress fits you perfectly and I love the length.

    • May 23, 2016 / 11:10 pm

      Thanks Heather! I was worried it was a bit too short with my long legs, but it ended up working out perfectly πŸ™‚

  15. May 13, 2016 / 6:00 am

    Right on, love a good fit and flare dress and I would wear it anyday/anywhere πŸ˜‰
    You look super cute in this dress Molly, I would have never thought of buying a checkered dress for myself.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • August 7, 2016 / 12:08 am

      Thanks Kusum! I know you wouldn’t think of buying gingham, but you would look totally cute in a fit and flare dress like this! I love your style regardless! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  16. May 13, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    I love a fit and flare dress and this print is AWESOME! You look so cute.


    • May 23, 2016 / 11:10 pm

      Thanks Allison! I’m such a fan of fit and flare dresses too! Keep smiling! Have a great week!

  17. May 13, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    I live in fit and flare dresses during the spring and summer! They are just so flowy and feminine and I love the way they make me feel! You look gorgeous and I love the print!

    La Belle Sirene

    • May 23, 2016 / 11:10 pm

      Courtney, you are SO right! Flowy and feminine and I just adore wearing them! Thank you so much love!

    • May 23, 2016 / 11:10 pm

      Thanks Portia! You’re a dear friend to me!

  18. adriana nudo
    May 17, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    I LOVE this look! Fit and flare dresses are my favorite, they really are so so flattering!

    • May 23, 2016 / 11:11 pm

      Adriana, so true! Really flattering on everyone! Do you own one?

  19. May 17, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    So agree with you on the fit and flare dresses. They are so easy and flattering.
    I like how you have worn it in gingham print. You are looking lovely.
    Richa | http://www.fanciersworld.com

    • May 23, 2016 / 11:11 pm

      Thanks Richa! I’m so glad I got this dress! Way too cute to wear for spring and summer!

  20. June 14, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    This dress is adorable! I love it paired with the tan wedges. It would also look totally adorable with maroon tights and ankle booties in the winter. Maybe layer a cardigan and knit beret as well? I need to get me one. Who knew I could love gingham?

    • August 7, 2016 / 12:07 am

      Thanks Lana! I love your ideas for styling this dress! I have been loving it for spring and summer, but fall is just around the corner and I think your ideas would be perfect for it!

  21. lilmissjbstyle
    December 28, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    I couldn’t agree more Molly. They are flattering on practically every body shape and can be worn for numerous occasions. Another flattering style is a dress that cinches at the waist with a belt or clasp like the one I styled in this post:

    Hope you give it a read and happy holidays!

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