As always, the first tip is: wear pleats if you like them. I do like them, and have a couple of pleated skirts, as well as a cool pleated scarf by Issey Miyake. And here are some fabulous women from Visible Monday, inspiring us with pleats of varying depth and width and fabrication. Pleats do tend to widen our silhouette, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but if you are aiming for a narrow silhouette, a few strategic pleats will serve you better than an all-around.
Always room in my closet for a couple of pleats:
Nicole of High Latitude Style goes all-out with a full knife-pleated skirt. It’s dressy and I love the way she made it more casual with her denim jacket. She’s going for full swoosh-factor, which means a slightly longer length, as Nicole did here. Gorgeous with classic pumps:
Linda of A Labour Of Life chose a box-pleated skirt in a gorgeous print. these pleats are easier to style, but still add a lot of movement and personality to a dress or skirt. Love the scenic print on this one too:
Bogi of Red Redicule does a gently pleated shirt dress that gives structure and interest to a classic shape. An easy, super-flattering way to incorporate pleats. And much cooler on a summer day than a pencil dress. Bogi has a gorgeous collection of heels, too:
Kirsten of The LIFB Issue gives her pleats a youthful vibe in this darling jumper (American meaning) with a pleated skirt. Wear your pleated pieces shorter, like Kirsten did here, if you want to keep it playful and casual:
Emma of Style Splash takes her pleats to maxi length and makes a super-feminine look with a soft pink sweater. Her whimsical shoes and sunglasses add a more feminine feel while the pleats add texture and interest:
Here’s more fab pleated pieces to inspire:
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