Pleats Please: Fashion’s Newest It-Skirt

Published February 19, 2014 by The Feminist

Once worn by grandmothers reminiscent of their youth and librarians who spend too much of their time reading Nicholas Sparks’ novels, the pleated skirt is now back on everyone’s fashion radar. Whereas the classic pleated skirt was often stiff and made out of heavy fabrics and in previous years usually worn by slutty prep school teenage girls (Remember Britney Spears in Hit Me Baby One More Time?), the new version of pleats is wavy, breezy and simply gorgeous.(Think Elizabeth Taylor Hollywood glamour!)

Although pleats can be seen on practically all garments this spring –dresses, trousers, coats!- it is the pleated skirt that is most likely to stick around for quite some time and not just become a one-season trend.

So forget about old and scruffy. This season’s pleated skirt is all about embracing your own feminine coolness. Whether you opt for soft and breezy Elegance or razor-sharp Origami, these skirts will definitely get some hearts racing!

My favourite designer-pleats were those shown by Proenza Schouler: metallic, razor-sharp and yet oh-so ladylike.

pleats proenza schouler

 

pleats proenza

Or what do you think about this very alluring Christian Dior skirt? Raf Simons clearly knows how to pair classic femininity with daring sexiness (that cut-out halter top!)

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Salvatore Ferragamo’s version of pleats: crisp and clean with an edge

pleats salvatore ferragamo

Go for black and white like Celine.

pleats celine

Or if you want something more affordable , this similar version at Zara is totally fab as well!

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In fact, there are quite a lot of pleated skirts in the Zara Spring Collection! (So you don’t have to completely bankrupt yourself to look insanely cool and glamourous!)

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pleats zara print

No matter what style you go for and no matter the price category: pleats look pretty perfect on practically all people (Humor me for the P-overload here) 

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8 comments on “Pleats Please: Fashion’s Newest It-Skirt

  • I adore pleats. I used to have a pleated skirt and wore it so much that all the pleats dropped out of it. I recently bought a new pleated skirt but I’m hoping that it doesn’t do the same. The pleats are really tight so I don’t like the idea that I might have to iron each pleat to sharpen it. Do you have any tips on keeping pleats nice?

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