I’ve shared my love of fit and flare dresses on Design Darling many times (herehere, here, and here to name just a few) and I think I’ve found the mecca of this beloved silhouette in Modcloth. I know I’m dating myself here, but I actually interviewed Modcloth founder Susan Gregg Koger for Matchbook Magazine in 2012, so I was thrilled when the brand reached out to see if I’d like to try some of their dresses this summer. I went on their website and found a treasure trove of affordable fit and flare dresses in every color and print a girl could want. But I knew the moment I saw it, I knew that I needed this turquoise fit and flare (complete with flower buttons!) as a church dress for the summer on Nantucket. Isn’t it darling? It reminds me of photos of my grandmothers from the 1960s and 70s, without feeling the least bit costume-y. If you love this style as much as I do, I’m also eyeing this, this, and this and will link up more Modcloth favorites in the slideshow at the end of the post!

When I got the dress in the mail, the color reminded me of a straw Coach bag that my mom gave me when I was in high school that I love to this day. Lo and behold, the two shades of turquoise are nearly identical and I thought it was just a perfect addition to this vintage-inspired look! This bag is obviously no longer available (I wish!) but you can peruse some of my favorite basket bags here.

modcloth turquoise fit and flare dress coach turquoise wicker bag

modcloth fit and flare dress

blue hydrangeas

modcloth turquoise fit and flare dress

coach turquoise basket bag

turquoise fit and flare dress

turquoise fit and flare dress with flower buttons

Modcloth turquoise fit and flare dress c/o (wearing size XS; if between sizes, order up)

Ray-Ban wayfarers  //  Coach straw bag  //  Schutz nude sandals

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  1. I love that you have an entire post dedicated to fit and flare dresses! As someone with a larger bottom than top it’s really hard to wear many straighter cut dresses no matter how much I love them i.e. Lilly shifts 🙁