Saturday 25 November 2017

Playful pleats are a key look

Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley arrive for the premiere of Never Let Me Go
Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley arrive for the premiere of Never Let Me Go
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: (UK OUT) A model walks down the runway during the Versus fashion show, part of Milan Fashion Week, Milan on February 28, 2010 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)

The pleated skirt is a late-arrival onto this season’s fashion stage but one that trend-spotters tip is set to stay.

Departing from the uniform nature of last winter’s straight and clingy skirt styles, a few creases to add flow and movement to one’s lower-half wardrobe will lighten the season’s grey and black trends.



A pleated maxi skirt will add warmth and femininity to an autumn look, stream-lining curves to flatter and elongate your figure as you move. Carey Mulligan is a known devotee, opting for a long, pleated cream dress for the Never Let Me Go premiere in London recently.



A bottle green number by Junya Watanabe will pull in the upper thighs and tummy while the skirt arcs out to create a dancing hem, which would look great teamed with a little printed top and cropped brown leather jacket.



But bring the concertina design to a mini-skirt and you’re rocking a more sexed-up cheeky image destined to attract admiring glances while strutting on the dance floor. Megan Fox chose a nude version for Spike TV’s Scream 2010 Awards over the weekend, with the dress’ pleats hitting her mid-thigh.



Pick the mini-pleat in a striking red by Alice Watt and pair it with a clingy but sophisticated black top and a black leather jacket for a strikingly sassy look.



The pleated look is here to stay well into 2011, so invest now to make the most of the trend.

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