How to wear pleats without looking frumpy is something I’ve definitely googled over the last few months.Pleats are big for Autumn/Winter 16… as they are pretty much every single year. Unfortunately for those of us not svelte and 6 ft pleats run the risk of adding extra bulk and looking generally unflattering. This is how I wear pleats to avoid the frump.
- Ignore the sizes
This is something that I do as a rule of thumb anyway because no two retailers seem to have the same sizes. For pleats it’s all about the fall of the fabric which means ignore your supposed size and just going with the flow. This dress is a Large but it doesn’t look like I’m wearing a dress that doesn’t fit, it probably would’ve worked in a smaller side but it wouldn’t had the same swing to it.
- Go Bold
99% of the time I am very much a monochrome girl – I love black clothes and that won’t change. But for pleats I feel like this is a way to make a subtle statement (oxymoron I know). I go for bold colours like this red or even metallic. The gold pleated skirt I wore in this post is another favourite of mine.
- Pick Your Pleats
The sizing of the pleats might seem like a ridiculous thing to comment on. But I’ve found the boxier wider pleats can look quite unflattering if you’re shorter and/or wider! The width is one thing and the other is the pleat type… getting all technical on you. the most common types are knife pleats – think school skirts and accordion pleats. If you want a really sharp tailored look knife pleats may be the right decision but personally I always opt for an accordion pleat as it has much better movement.
- It’s all in the fabric
In addition to the type of pleats the fabric also has a huge impact on the way the fabric falls, moves, how expensive it looks and how well it washes. I always opt for chemically pleated material over manual iron-in pleats. They look sharper for longer which means they wear a lot better – especially important for heavier (more expensive looking) fabrics.