Mid-Week Inspiration: Pleats

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This season, pleated skirts were all over the runway. Pleats create volume, and if worn the wrong way, it can make you appear disproportionately bigger, making the wearer look dowdy or frumpy, but the truth is, anyone can pull off this style — all you need to do is play a little dress up and find the length that best suits your body. So what are you waiting for? There’s no better time to wear pleats than the present.

Check out the nine pretty styles below and the style tips we want to share with you!

Accordion Pleats


The pleat that dominated the runways but also the most difficult kind of pleat to pull off, which creates the most volume. A lot of the pleated skirts for spring are midi, which is also a difficult silhouette. Tuck in a pretty blouse or tee into your pleated skirt so that you highlight the waistband to avoid frumpy look. If you really don’t want to tuck, a cropped top is a great alternative if you dare to bare, so that your waist is still there for all to see.

Box Pleats


If you like it stiff, choose box pleats. Your denim shirt is far from done for the season, pair the box pleated skirt with the closet staple for a casual approach. Challenge yourself and try to master new styles, especially because mixed prints will continue to be big for this season! An oversized sweater with large, spaced-out flowers would look amazing styled with pleated skirt that have a smaller, busier print. An addition to the look is the sleeveless summer blazer for the cool evening breeze, and complete the look with ankle boots.

Leather Pleated Skirt


Take the trend even further by combining it with the still-popular leather trend. Let this statement making skirt shine by keeping things simple elsewhere to achieve minimal look. To dress it up a little, finish with statement accessories. Layer the sweater over a trusty white shirt for a classic, preppy look. While your leather skirt brings some of the edge, wear it with slightly softer color top like pastel pink to counterbalance the edginess of the piece and pair with feminine pumps– these are a great casual option for a date.

Where to Buy Pleats?

Don’t limit yourself to just pleated skirts. There are so many sweet tops, formal dresses, and even shoes and coats with pleats that it’s easy to dig into this trend. Here are our top 3 picks from across the web:

Pleats mini

Pleated Mini by Something Borrowed

If this is your first pair of pleats, start with something simple like a soft pastel color in a mini skirt that is easily styled with minimal worries about your silhouette

Pleats by MANGO

Pleated Skirt by MANGO

When you’re ready for the challenge, we strongly urge you to try out a midi piece. This is a basic colour that would be ideal for both work and play, making it a great piece to invest in


Solid Tiered Pleat Dress by Ezra

Like we said earlier, there are more to pleats than just on skirts. Look at this pretty pleated dress that is perfect for adding a pop of colour to your day and to the party!

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