Trend to Try: Pleats
Need a garment that is office appropriate? Need a garment that can work with almost anything else you already have in your closet? Ladies, you need to try a pleated skirt, top or dress.
These days, pleats look less like school girl attire and more like sophisticated staples. On the runway, Prada re-introduced the 1950s silhouette with short skirts, midi dresses, maxi dresses and asymmetrical skirts in metallics, pastels and neutrals.
Pleats will stay in your closet throughout the seasons because they are great pieces for transitioning. You can give a pleated skirt a 9-to-5 twist with a tailored jacket and transitioned it to weekend wear with a simple tee.
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Pleats translate the best on knee length or full length pieces. The long vertical lines help to elongate your legs and your body shape. You can wear a long pleated dress in neon, print, pastel, or any color that will make a bold statement. To make skirt or dress more bohemian, just add some vintage rings and bracelets.
Flowy, Short Pleats
If you love to show off your legs, then mini pleated skirt is a great piece to have. Look for a sheer, lightweight pleated mini skirt or mini dress with wrapping details.
Yes, pleats come in different sizes. Wide pleats work on several body types and help to define the waist. You want to go for a simple dress with a classy vibe. A great choice is the little black dress. Make sure the pleating starts at your natural waist line to ensure a tailored fit.
These smaller pleats add movement to garments. Look for baby pleats in lightweight fabric such as sheer or silk. As always, you want the pleats to start your waist.
If skirts and dresses aren't your thing, you can try the trend with a pleated blouse. Pair a pleated top with a pair of cropped pants and a sexy pair of heels to complete the look.
If you have a belly, opt for pleats that start below the hipbone to give the illusion of a flatter mid-section.
If you want a causal feel, then wear your pleated garments with a cute pair of flats. If you want a dressier feel, then wear your pleated pieces with platform heels or pumps.
If you have a boyish shape, pleated skirts will create curves.