Pleats, Please!

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A wardrobe with a plentiful supply of pleats is perfect for spring.

Adding bright colors isn't the only way to update your wardrobe for spring. Try a pleated skirt or dress in a light chiffon fabric to welcome the warmer weather (if it ever comes). Top designers like Salvatore Ferragamo, Céline, and Proenza Schouler have all sent pleated designs down the runway, and fortunately, pleat styles have trickled down to retailers like Asos, Topshop, and Zara. Not only are pleats accessible for the masses, they’re also applicable for every occasion.

Job/Internship:

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Upgrade your work blouses with some pleat action. This Zara number’s geometric pleated design will definitely turn heads as you walk to the water cooler. Pair it with a pencil skirt or slim leg trousers and a lightweight cardigan.

Night Out:

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A pleated mini skirt should be your new going out staple, especially if it’s in a bold color like this one from Topshop. Wear it with a leather jacket for a perfect mix of textures.

Brunch:

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Nosh on your Eggs Benedict in a feminine pleated frock. A midi dress is sophisticated, and best of all, swishes as you walk. This dress from Asos is a springtime trend trifecta, combining pleats, a longer hemline, and a beautiful floral print.

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Although pleats are usually considered formal, they can still be incorporated into more casual outfits. This pullover from Anthropologie has pleats peaking out from the hemline to make anything but your average sweater. Pair with lightwash skinny jeans and ankle boots to transition into spring.

StyleMegan Cathey