Wednesday, June 4

The Perfect Pleat

Nina Ricci

FINDING THE PERFECT PLEAT.  This season, the school girl classic gets a sophisticated makeover (no pigtails here!).  Just keep in mind the fit, fabric and outfit.

1. Fit

Think ladylike bad girl more than A+ student by wearing it slung low on the hip.  If you're tall, embrace the midi trend. On the petite side? Pick a hemline that sweeps just above or at your knees.

2. Fabric

Seek out materials that are airy, yet crisp enough to hold the sharp pleats.  Summery, lightweight cotton and graceful chiffon work wonders with the flow of the swingy shape.

3. Outfit

Counteract the proportions of a fuller bottom with a fitted top, like a body-skimming T or a sleek, tucked in button-front.  Opt for stacked heels or wedge sandals to ground the floaty feel.

Here are some of my favorite pleats of the season.

Kate Spade

Nic + Zoe
JW Anderson

Moschino Cheap & Chic
Alexander Wang


Michael Kors
J. Crew

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