Pretty pleats made a major splash on the Spring 2012 runways, where we saw a plethora of pleated pieces in all shapes and shades. And these weren’t your average school-girl pleats. Instead, they took on a more grown-up form, radiating ladylike refinement with an unexpected touch of cool.
Pleats can also be quite practical. For day, keep it sleek with a crisp button up or casual knit with structured pumps or basic flats. For night, you can have a little more fun and add a bit of an edge to the look with daring platforms, statement jewelry and a cropped bomber or cool vest.
Being unexpected, yet cohesive, is the most fundamental aspect of being fashionable. So play around and mix it up. Have fun with the look and make sure you make it your own by throwing in a few signatures.
Check out my top 10 pretty pleated styles.
Parker Pleated MaxiDress, $286. This ethereal style is chock full of versatility and can provide the perfect backdrop for all sorts of styles.
Sparkle & Fade Maxi Pleated Chiffon Skirt, $59. This easy breezy skirt is one of those timeless wardrobe staples you’ll reach for time and time again.
Madewell Judy Polka Dot Long Skirt , $118. Event though his skirt has a decidedly ’50s flair, it still feels totally cutting edge.
TopShop Tall Pleat Midi Shirtdress, $100. It may seem polished and preppy, but throw on some bold jewelry and edgy wedges and you have one unexpectedly awesome look.
Erin by Erin Fetherston Colorblock Pleat Dress, $325. The pleated panels on this mod silhouette create the perfect contrast of sweet and sexy.
Free People Sheer Pleated Slip, $78. I am a big proponant of wearing slips under anything and everything. Team this with an oversized sweater dress for a touch of femininity or with some structured pieces for a more polished look
Cremieux Miranda Floral Print Maxi Skirt, $99.Pretty pleats give this vintage print a modern edge.
Tibi Essentials Pleated Silk Skirt, $330. A perfectly precise style that is as figure-flattering as it is gorgeous.
BCBGMaxazria Edita Pleated Sunburst Maxi Dress, $348. A gorgeous take on a classic Grecian silhouette that has a hip goddess-like quality to it.
Wisch Knee Length Skirt, 215. An offbeat take on the classic pleated-skirt that is as functional as it is fashionable.
- SABRINA ALEXIS