Playful pleats are a key look
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.