Pleats Pay Attention

The little folds can elevate any look, and these are the ones to shop now.

Have you ever watched a pleated chiffon dress dance along the runway, as it did at Etro this season? It's delightfully entertaining. The saturated hues and the bohemian-inspired prints suddenly coming to life, the fabric appearing weightless.


And it wasn't just at Etro. In fact, pleats were just about everywhere. At Stella McCartney, they were less bohemian, more sporty. At Mary Katrantzou, psychedelic pleats were the order of the day. And so it went on, and on.


This is an omnipresent trend to embrace now, and fortunately it comes with plenty of shoppable options to meet all your wardrobe needs.

Read on for our favorite buys that tap into this season's folds obsession.

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A pleated twist on summer's favorite jacket. Team with a white T-shirt, joggers, and Converse for a style that says, "I'm sporty, but not that sporty."

Fine Pleated Bomber Jacket, $50, zara.com.

A pleated floral camisole you can throw on to instantly dress up a daytime look? Well isn't that just lovely?

Floral-Printed Pleated Cami Top by Raey, $94, matchesfashion.com.
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There's some nice pleating on both sides of this conversation-starting kilt. What you wear under it is entirely up to you.

Dark Indigo Cotton Kilt, $415, sunspel.com.

Why tap into one trend, when you can tap two? A tye-dye print makes a statement, pleats add texture.

Tie-Dye Pleat Trousers, $65, topshop.com.
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Talk about a blank canvas. Finally, a style that goes with practically everything in our closet.

Ivory Pleated Maxi Skirt by Nomia, $277, ssense.com.

Add some platform sandals (or Vans) to this one, and you're all good to go.

Sleeveless Printed Midi Dress by Maison Jules,$35, macys.com.
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Print, color, and texture: this pleated skirt has the style trifecta on lock.

Fontaine Lemon Blossom-Print Pleated Skirt by Mary Katrantzou, $1,132, matchesfashion.com.

Moto-inspired style, the cool girl way, with pleated panels at the knees.

Rebel Pants by Superfine, $348, shopbop.com.
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An inverted pleat gives this LWD a fashion-forward finish.

Short Dress by Proenza Schouler, $377, yoox.com.

Yes, this is a very bold choice. It's for those special occasions that also include a live band and dance floor.

Pleated Crepe Midi Dress by Halston Heritage, $425, netaporter.com.
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