Pleats are romantic, versatile and endearing, so it comes as no surprise that every year the style is presented to us in a wonderful array of options, offering a fluid addition to your smart-casual edit.
There are lots of different kinds of pleats, but all of them are sure to bring a certain structural element to an outfit. Consider this your pleats starter course, there are plissé pleats (the type of light and airy pleat used in Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please collections), box pleats (think school skirts), and accordion pleats (a mini version of the knife pleat). There are other kinds too, but these are the ones you are likely to see gracing the shops this season.
Guaranteed to make any outfit instantly look more put together and refined, pleats are sophisticated, classic, and a fun way to play with texture when planning looks. While plissé pleats are more relaxed and casual, box pleats lend themselves wonderfully to adding structure to a midi skirt or pair of trousers, infusing them with an exciting and refined edge.
It would be remiss to fill this edit with pleated skirts – since we’re pretty sure that’s where your mind first goes when you hear the word – so instead we thought we would introduce you to the numerous ways that the style can enter your edit: as a subtle detail on a blazer dress, or perhaps as a textural take on a classic handbag. This style is a timeless and exciting way to add a playful edge to your edit, so let us introduce to you, the many options that are available.
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Looking to inject some vibrant colours into your wardrobe? Check out our guide to shopping bright this year here