Sometimes the success of an outfit relies on few minor details. Aside from choosing the right accessories the texture of a certain clothing item often plays a major role in drawing attention in instantly. Along with the spring/summer 2011 ruffles, pleats are one of the details you might want to consider if you are thinking about choosing a fashionable look for the warm seasons of the next year. Although pleats tend to dominate when it comes to skirts or dresses we will most likely see this trend on other clothing items as well. The look presented on the Nanette Lepore runway illustrate a slightly different approach from what we are normally used to.
Short skirts are a classic choice when it comes to placing details such as pleats. This look was embraced by several designers, being found in collections like Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, Bensoni, Ohne Titel, Nina Ricci, Derek Lam, Miu Miu or J. Mendel. Versatile and feminine this choice enables a great variety of combinations that can create a fashionable look on several occasions.
Mid-length skirts or long skirts are also a suitable choice due to the fact that they allow you to incorporate two different trends in a single outfit to be able to make a fashion statement without too much effort. If you are interested in creating stylish outfits in this way, collections such as Tommy Hilfiger, Jill Stuart, Richard Nicoll or Rachel Roy offer some great alternatives.
Casual chic outfits as well as more formal, business appropriate outfits can be easily created if we pay attention to accessories as well as fabric or length. If contrasting colors are being chosen, the outfit can immediately create a strong impression while if similar hues are chosen, interest can be created by making sure that you pay attention to the fabric structures. Pleated skirts or dresses are also a great choice for those who who choose to embrace the minimalistic fashion trend as they spice up a simple outfit creating a great variety of possibilities at the same time.
When it comes to wearing pleats certain simple rules should be kept in mind in order to create the best possible look. First of all you should take into account the fact that pleat are generally used to create bulk and balance proportions so this type of detail should be avoided in areas where you don’t want this effect. On the other hand, those who have broad shoulders can benefit from adding pleats on the lower part of the body as an equilibrium when it comes to features can be created in this way. If you want to draw attention from this detail a good choice would be to opt for a stronger , more vibrant color on the body part you want to emphasize. A bold dramatic accessory can work in the same way.
For those who tend to be unsure when it comes to juggling with proportions, dresses can be a more suitable alternative. Monochrome or with an interesting print to draw attention , they can be the best alternative when you don’t want to worry about mixing and matching too much. Malandrino, Lanvin, Milly by Michelle Smith or Ohne Titel collections offer some valuable insights when it comes to the best ways to embrace this type of look.
Classic yet feminine, this trend can be easily adopted without too much effort by style conscious women. With a set of well chosen accessories as well as a few creative combinations pleats can create a polished, structured look with a strong classical vibe.
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