Monday Mantra: Pretty Pleats
Smitten by the fold?
Lucky for you, Prachiti Parakh, Senior Stylist, StyleCracker isn’t taking the secret to the grave! Skip to nostalgia and swing along the girls. Graze the calf and embrace schoolgirl skirts- sensational pleats are up and running this season. Still in mystery of how to sculpt them through the season? Here’s how to!
: Formed with two equal folds of fabric folded away from each other, on the front and right across the length of the fabric. Style Tip
: Channel a Peggy Olson- throw on a blouse shirt with a box-pleated shirt and tie a thin ribbon right around your collar! OUR PICK
: Champagne Kisses Skirt
: Evenly-spaced parallel pleats with alternating raised and recessed folds set into cloth. Style Tip
: Accordion pleats are our favourites! Give them a try for a grown-up twist. Think romantic night-outs, sorbet sunsets and strolls in the park- your pleated skirt with a bralette, tan flats and sling bag in tow is sure to get you snapped. OUR PICK
: White Cascading Pleated Top
: Sharply-pressed pleating, especially in a skirt or kilt. All the folds are turned in one direction, with each pleat being three layers of fabric thick. Style Tip
: The dust has settled- knife pleats are officially the prettiest! Falling flatter than most other pleats- if a curvy frame defines you, don’t look further. A special piece to own is the style on a skirt. Petite girls, opt for a knee-lengths and team with a blouse! OUR PICK
: Polka Dot Print Skirt
: Featuring lightweight bubble fabric, micro pleats offer a truly flattering fit. They look their best when paired with slim-fit denims/trousers. Style Tip
: Hot-pressed! Travelling light and super-versatile. Introduced by Issey Miyake back in the 90s, the trend isn't only limited to skirts. Slinky dresses are your go-to options and invest in culottes with racer-front tops for a day out. OUR PICK
: Ombre Skirt
PREP SCHOOL PLEATS
: A kilt pleated to perfection- primarily to show off the sett (the pattern of the tartan). Style Tip
: The sexed-up classic! Looking for a fresh pairing update? Make it your darling- have fun with tartans, team with a crew neck, box slings, oxford shoes and a pair of ankle-length lace-ups. OUR PICK
: Plaid Skater Skirt
Fashion Wiki: Slits in panels that offer a feminine feel! As the name suggests, car-wash pleats hang together creating movement while you walk.
Style Tip: We’re talking nothing rakish- simply take inspiration from a car-wash brush. No closet’s complete without a statement piece in place. Turn to the 20s, they're going to be BIG we reckon. Pair with the season’s hottest piece- the backwards shirt!