Monday, October 4, 2010

Pleat it

I used to be anti-pleats. Well, who isn't anti-pleat a bit? You think pleats, you think: a) school girl kilts or b) bad old man pants.

But pleats are having a bit of a moment now. From shorts to pants to skirts, pleats are everywhere.  I love that the typically conservative pleats are being worn as casual and slouchy on carrot and pegged pants. Pleated leather shorts are so in vogue that fashion editors are saying they are a must for fall. And the always feminine looking pleated skirt is being made in girly colors and fun prints.

Pleats can have an effect of adding weight, but take cues from these ladies on how to wear them:

Credit: Elle Street Chic
Credit: The Sartorialist
Curious to try some pleats? Try these on for size:

Kate Spade Sarah cropped pants: $295

Michael Kors stretch wool-blend tapered pants, available at Net-a-Porter: $695

Tibi pleated leather shorts, available at Saks: $585

Zara pleated trouser: $59.90
Jason Wu dot-print pleated silk skirt, available at Net-A-Porter: $995
Free People mini pleats skirt, available at Revolve: $98
Forever 21 mod chiffon skirt: $19.80

Schutz satin pleated-back d'orsay, available at Cusp: $178

(I threw in some shoes in case you're not ready to commit to the pleated pant or skirt!)

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