Pleats are anything but plain! We can't get enough of this fun, flirty and feminine fabric in tops, skirts, dresses and even shoes! Here are a dozen of the most divine styles.
When a rich textural trend comes our way, who are we not to take it for a spin? Pleats are the perfect example; fun, fresh and full of potential, we love them in all their draping divinity.
Just tread with care. Pleats need extra TLC, and throwing them in the spin cycle is a one-way ticket to disaster! (Trust me, I learnt the hard way!)
As a general rule, DRY CLEAN ONLY! And here are some cautionary care points that come into play to ensure you get longevity out of your pleats.
To prevent extra crushing to pleats, take your skirt/blouse/dress off as soon as you get home and hang it. Depending on the fibre, some pleats create a permanent fold in the fabric, but others can fall out or bend easily when sat on, so don’t take any chances. And do not iron a pleated skirt if it is crushed. You will lose your sanity and hours of your life with futile results!
Agitating one spot of a stained pleated fabric can cause that area to become misshapen, and it may never bounce back. So, if you do have a stain on your pleated garment, take it straight to the dry cleaners and leave that one to the experts.
Here are the best ways to go forth and multi-pleat!
Although ordered, pleats don’t need to be plain. Go with colour and texture with these out-of-the-box options.
Mary Katrantzou Warley Pleated Skirt,
$2249 now $1124.50 – available at David Jones.
Mary Katrantzou Uni Pleated Rainbow Skirt,
$2199 now $1099.50 – available at David Jones.
Cooper Drop The Pleat Skirt, $343.20 – available at David Jones.
The sweetest of pleats are short. Reminiscent of school sports? Yes! But if you’ve got the legs, then these short styles are a real win!
Break The Bar Playsuit, $69 – available at Showpo.
Inverted Pleat-Front Mini Skirt,
$693 now $418 – available at Alexander Wang.
SUNO Multi Tulip Pleated Hem Dress, approx. $1191 now $357 – available at Avenue32.
Draping, floor-skimming pleats offer a whimsical appeal. We particularly love long, loose pleats to really inject elegance into your evening wardrobe.
Zahli Maxi Dress, $89.95 – available at Beginning Boutique.
Petite Mel All Over Pleated Strappy Side Maxi Dress, $60 – available at Boohoo.
ASOS Woven Cami Maxi Dress With Pleated Skirt, $91 – available at ASOS.
The more, the merrier, right? Well when it comes to pleats, the more tiny folds, the mightier the statement!
ASOS Animal Print Pleated Midi Skirt, $91 – available at ASOS.
Casper and Pearl Sierra Top, $129.95 now $89.95 – available at Beginning Boutique.
THEORY Zeyn Pleated Leather Skirt, approx. $642 – available at The Outnet.
The pleasure of pleats need not finish with your fashion. Accessories are getting in on the game with pleated shoes and bags to carrying on the theme.
Twilight Pleated Silk Clutch Purse, $90.28 – available from jesswitaj at Etsy.
Urge Didi, $189.95 now $94.98 – available at The Iconic.
Gregory Ladner Sublime Pleated Egg Clutch, $69.95 – available at David Jones.