Trend Tutorial: Pleat Perfect

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Pleats used to be associated with schoolgirls and pinafores. But with designers like Issey Miyake, Michael Kors, Victoria Beckham, and Proenza Schouler revisiting this old-school trend, it’s coming back as a bolder, sexier version of its past self.

Whether it’s knife pleats, accordion pleats, micro-pleats, or top-stitched pleats, there’s a look you’re bound to love.

Here’s how to get back into the fold:

1. Leather and Shimmer

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                                                 LOVE BONITO Marikate Pleated Midi Skirt

                                               LOVE BONITO Marikate Pleated Midi Skirt

Pleats? Bad-ass? Who would have thought? But add a metallic shimmer and throw on a leather jacket, and you would have instantly upgraded your pleated skirt to cool-girl chic. Add a dash of red lipstick and leave beachy waves loose for added insouciance.

 

2. Go Green

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                                                      Y.A.S Karia Pleated Skirt

                                                    Y.A.S Karia Pleated Skirt

There’s something about warm autumnal colours that brings a comforting quality to a pleated skirt. Shades like forest-green, ombre, heather grey, or navy-blue serve as neutrals for your accessories to stand out even more.

 

3. Too Cool for School

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                                               Cotton On Poppy Pull On Mini Skirt

                                              Cotton On Poppy Pull On Mini Skirt

Okay, so pleats are still for schoolgirls. But as Anna Sui’s spring/summer 2017 demonstrates, you can definitely amp up your look and leap out of the goodie-two-shoes territory. Wild prints and a flirty hem make your look fun and sporty. And if you’re feeling bold, try a teased ponytail or some vampy lipstick!

 

4. Sweater Weather

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                                               Something Borrowed Pleated Midi Skirt

                                             Something Borrowed Pleated Midi Skirt

A sweater or turtleneck top brings a cosy touch to your look, especially when juxtaposed against knife or accordion pleats. Make your outfit date night-worthy by adding a swipe of eye-popping lipstick and strappy metallic heels.

 

5. Get Dressy

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                                                      Megane Red Romance Noemie Set

                                                    Megane Red Romance Noemie Set

A pleated dress is not only fail-safe (how wrong can you go with something this classic?), it’s versatile enough to transition from day to evening. Just add sneakers and a cross-body purse for day. For your evening look, go with a dress with lots of movement — let that be your statement piece so you can keep everything else minimal.

 

Are you pining for pleats now? How do YOU wear your pleats? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!