Trend of the Week: Pleats!

New York Fashion Week has come to a close – on to London! – but one of the trends is more a revival of a classic rather than a fleeting fancy: Pleats!  They have come and gone for decades, but  today’s pleats aren’t the dowdy, unflattering looks of the past.  New fabrics help, of course, but so does placement. Pleats can add bulk to the hips – no one except a French school-girl needs that! – so look for pleats that are strategically placed.  Airy, sheer fabrics help, along with angled pleats or panels between pleats. Micheal Kors has nylon in his silk georgette pleats, which fives lightness and permanence to the pleat.  If you are going for the skirt look, choose a shorter length if you have long legs; at or just below the knee hides a multitude of sins, and can great a fluid silhouette.  Pair a pleated skirt with a chunky platform or a sharp-toed stiletto for a grounded look. (See Urban Darling Stylist Sasha’s lookbook post for a terrific pleated skirt look!)   For a truly fresh take, look for pleated dresses or tops — check out Chloe and Suno for some great inspirations on tops that provide a fresh, flowing look incorporating pleats.  Two of my favorite pleated looks this spring come from Etcetera — the tunic top Coal has a smooth front and a pleated back (shown below) – a real wow factor that can be worn over a pencil skirt or jeans — lots of mileage!  If you don’t have a basic pleated black skirt, their Accordion is a must-have basic – check it out below.  The exposed zipper pulls keep it current and fresh!

 A classic pleated skirt.Pleated-back Etcetera top.

Left: Etcetera Accordion Pleated Skirt                       Right: Etcetera Coal Pleated-Back Top

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Written by Rhoda Wheeler