Merriam-Webster just got bigger. In a blog post yesterday, the largest American dictionary announced 2000 changes to its catalog, “a kind of snapshot of how exactly our language expands,” read the entry. Of the new terms and phrases, two noteworthy fashion words made the cut: athleisure and fit-and-flare. M-W defines the popular athleisure trend as “casual clothing designed to be worn for both exercising and general use,” and its origin is said to be a “blend of athlete or athletic and leisure.” Pretty spot-on, in our opinion. Fit-and-flare, which was first used in 1954, according to the entry, now officially means “fitted through the waist and flaring out at or below the hips.” Keep scrolling to shop our fit-and-flare and athleisure picks below.
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