This week we are looking at another trend that has returned from the ’80s… pleats. This time around, pleats are much more fitted than they were in the ’80s, creating a clean, posh look.
HIGH FASHION TREND: PLEATS
Pleats have been making their way around the high fashion runways. Top names like Givenchy and Balmain have been using pleats this year.
Chloé was ahead of the curve with their Spring/Summer 2019 collection:
Both these pieces are exquisite and have an air of Greek heritage to them.
3.1 Phillip Lim is another big name. Lim showcases his take on the trend with a flashback to front-pleated trousers:
I love the modern twist on this look — instead of pleated trousers, Lim has created a jumpsuit with a tied waist.
Max Mara is among the hottest designer houses to include pleats in their Resort 2019 collection. Here we see Max Mara’s Pleated Satin trousers in beige:
These tight pleats really elongate the legs and the satin makes for a clean look.
The stars are jumping in on this trend, as well. The trend was on full display at the recent SAG Awards!
Lady Gaga in Dior:
Dior’s low-cut gown utilizes pleats in the skirt, waistline, and even across the bodice. The pleats are part of the design, rather than just an embellishment, adding texture to the otherwise soft and sleek gown. The high slit in the skirt is a classic touch to the gown.
Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton:
Here Emma Stone sports front-pleated trousers from Louis Vuitton, showing that pleats on pants are in again! She pairs her pants with an asymmetrical patterned and buttoned top, finished with a tied-scarf style neck.
Lyric Ross wore this uniquely pleated gown by John Paul Ataker:
Here, the pleats are done in an original way, adding dimension to the gown! John Paul Ataker pleats the dress from top to bottom, all around, creating an A-Line skirt with a fanned out, sheer front.
How to Buy the Trend on a Budget
Don’t be daunted by the reputation of the ’80s pleat!
As you can see, pleats can be classy, cute, and even chic, especially for 2019. Try them now and you’ll be ahead of the fashion curve.
Below, I’ll show you some affordable options to introduce pleats into your closet if you haven’t already.
Affordable Pleats, Option #1:
Product: Wide Leg Pant with Pleat Detail; $40 – ASOS
I love ASOS for professional and chic clothing. Here is a great option to add to your closet for those days where you need to wear something professional-looking. Maybe it’s work, or an interview, or maybe is just a classy coffee date! Either way, these front pleated pants are perfect for a polished look.
The ASOS model wears these with a casual chunky sweater and sneakers, but they can easily be paired with heels and a tailored top. And as usual, ASOS offers these and similar pants in other sizing categories like petite, tall, and plus size.
Affordable Pleats, Option #2:
Product: Off-Shoulder Pleated Dress; $45 – Fashion Nova
Fashion Nova’s off-the-shoulder dress has vertical pleats throughout the bodice, creating a tailored silhouette. This dress has sleeve cuffs, a vertical line of buttons, and a faux flap down the center, reminiscent of a white button-up shirt. However, the top is a ruched and ruffled elastic neckline.
This dress is great on its own, but could also be paired with accessories like dangly earrings or a short to medium length necklace. Pair with strappy heels for a sexy look or gladiator sandals in the summertime.
Affordable Pleats, Option #3:
Product: Cold Shoulder Top; $37 – Venus
Feeling daring and love the pleated look? Try Venus’ pleated shoulder-peek-a-boo top! This top is light and airy, has an interesting neckline and sleeve combination, and has thin pleats across the bodice. Pair with dark and high-waisted jeans and complete the look with boots.
Affordable Pleats, Option #4:
Product: Pleated Skirt; $40 – H&M
Not quite sold yet? Dip your toe into the trend and check out a pleated skirt. These never go out of style, anyway! Pleated midi skirts are particularly in right now, if you want to be of-the-moment.
H&M has many pleated skirts, but this black and white geometrical patterned skirt is pretty safe and versatile. It can be paired with a crop top, bodysuit, or a cropped sweater. Wear heels to lengthen your legs if desired, or pair with flat booties for an edgier look.
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