Pleats perfection

Pleats tend to remind me at times of my Primary school teacher’s skirts. But that’s just me. And they’re certainly not just for woolen skirts in the classroom these days!

The pleats trend this spring/summer is inspired by Issey Miyake who found a whole new way of working with pleats in the late 1980s, and they became synonymous with the Japanese designer.

Pleats add fluidity and movement to any garment. This pleats trend is all about small pleats – a killer to iron, but stunning in a skirt! The razor-sharp lines of the pleats trend give a clean and wearable look, on a skirt, a dress, or a top.

Pleats look great on a pastel maxi dress, perfect for a prom! Bold colours mix well with pleats, and how about some pleats on your bag?!

Pleat trend oneClockwise, from left: Mint maxi dress, £79.99, New Look, patterned pleated skirt, £45, Betty Jackson.Black @ Debenhams, pink pleated top, £25 (was £65), French Connection, pleated clutch, £8.99, New Look, red skirt, £45, Betty Jackson.Black @ Debenhams

Pleats work brilliantly in maxi skirts. Subtle pleating adds a difference to a jacket, and a simple pleated navy dress is classic summer style.

pleat trend 2Clockwise, from  left: Navy pleated dress, £34.99, H&M, patterned pleat skirt, £49.95, White Stuff, blue maxi skirt, £15, JOY, pink one-shoulder dress, £49.99, New Look, white jacket, £36 (was £120), French Connection

Pastel dresses, gold skirts, floral minis? All look fabulous with added pleats. Subtle pleats on a top can create a flowing shape, perfect for masking lumps and bumps!

pleat trend 3Clockwise, from left: Pastel pleated dress, £120, French Connection, gold knife pleat skirt, £29.99, H&M, pastel blue pleated top, £30, French Connection, floral mini skirt, £29.99, H&M, white pleated top, £25, New Look