Pleats are here to stay. The spring-summer 2011 collections are using pleats in all its different forms and in combination. Pleats are expected to make a comeback and not just in skirts or dresses but soon trousers (both men’s and women’s) too will be flashing pleats.
Pleats are being used in dresses and skirts of all lengths, be it mini, midi or maxi. Pleats are also being used in tops and blouses. The leading designers and designer houses have come up with some great designs incorporating the pleats.
Chloe, Lanvin, Miu Miu J. Mendel, Derek Lam, Nina Ricci, Ohne Titel, Bensoni, Jonathan Saunders and Erdem have all used pleats with panache to create stylish outfits that have included skirts, dresses, blouses, tops and even full length gowns.
The designers have used both knife pleats and sunray pleats in their creations. Single pleats facing the same direction are known as knife pleats and knife pleats that start out small but become larger as they fall down are known as the sunray or sunburst pleats.
Pleats add volume, thus they should be used with care. They are generally used to balance broad shoulders, so if you have problem areas think twice before using pleats.
The last thing one needs is highlighting a heavy waist or bottom. On the other hand if you have narrow waists and broad shoulders, pleats will do a great job of balancing the body proportions.
Pleated skirts can be combined with tights or long socks, jackets, boots or heels. When combined with jackets and boots they look very chic and similar outfits can be picked up from, Rachel Roy, Richard Nicoll, Jill Stuart and Tommy Hilfiger.
Designers have used sheers and light fabric for their spring creation. As the pleats proved to be a steady presence all through this year, 2011 winter collections may use heavier drapes. Combining the outfits appropriately with winter accessories will make them suitable for winter wear.