Autumn Trend – Plise and Pleats

When you take a look at the key Autumn trends for 2016, pleats and plise seem to just jump out at you – they are everywhere! From fluid style 70s metallics and crinkling, to more elegant chiffon styles that could also work for day wear, the two ‘p’s are something well worth adding to your wardrobe.

The pleated skirts are just divine. They made a return a few years ago when both Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo were spotted wearing them, and a particular design by Whistles became the ultimate in cult buys. Since then they have been a steady part of each season’s looks, varying in length and fabric, but there, in some shape or form all the same. My own wardrobe is just full of them, and, as they were a mainstay during the 1970s, I often look for vintage versions in charity shops – my most recent was a M&S St Michael label that cost a grand total of 50p. But for those who don’t like the idea of someone wearing their clothes before they do, I would suggest a trip to Topshop – they currently have a brilliant range in super juicy colours and metallic options.

Plise is another throwback to the 1970s, this time to the disco era of Studio 54, Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall. I also think this slinky, tiny pleated fabric is the nearest us mortals will get to a Fortuny pleat, and it is an ultra glamorous look that really lends itself well to evening wear, hence making it perfect for Christmas party season. New Look, Topshop and Miss Selfridge all have some great plise pieces this season, making it very easy to do modern vintage styling.

Here are my key picks, along with some inspiration from the celebs.

Celebrity Inspiration

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Jersey Pleat Midi Skirt £32.00 Click to visit Topshop

Jersey Pleat Midi Skirt £32.00 Click to visit Topshop

 Animal Pleat Midi Dress £85.00 Click to visit Topshop


Animal Pleat Midi Dress £85.00 Click to visit Topshop

Velvet Pleat Midi £55.00 Click to visit Topshop

Velvet Pleat Midi £55.00 Click to visit Topshop

**Wrap Front Midi Pleat Dress by Oh My Love £45.00 Click to visit Topshop

**Wrap Front Midi Pleat Dress by Oh My Love £45.00 Click to visit Topshop

PETITE Belted Plisse Jumpsuit £39.00 Click to visit Topshop

PETITE Belted Plisse Jumpsuit £39.00 Click to visit Topshop

Plisse Lace Cold Shoulder Dress £38.00 Click to visit Topshop

Plisse Lace Cold Shoulder Dress £38.00 Click to visit Topshop

Black Sateen Pleated Midi Skirt £24.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Sateen Pleated Midi Skirt £24.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Pleated Wrap Front Bodysuit £19.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Pleated Wrap Front Bodysuit £19.99 Click to visit New Look

Grey Foil Pleated Bardot Neck Top £17.99 Click to visit New Look

Grey Foil Pleated Bardot Neck Top £17.99 Click to visit New Look

Red Satin Pleated Skirt Was £35.00 Now £20.00Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Red Satin Pleated Skirt
Was £35.00 Now £20.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black Plise Cropped Trousers Was £24.00 Was £15.00 Now £13.50 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black Plise Cropped Trousers
Was £24.00 Was £15.00 Now £13.50 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Colour Block Pleat Skirt £55.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Colour Block Pleat Skirt £55.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Burgundy Pleat Maxi Dress £59.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Burgundy Pleat Maxi Dress £59.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

 

 

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23 thoughts on “Autumn Trend – Plise and Pleats

  1. Ooo I’ve always loved pleats!! They remind me on a lost era and I’m so into all my vintage stuff! Loving the skirts and dresses you’ve attached here I really want some!!!

  2. I really don’t mind the pleated skirts, I’m loving the one Selena has on. I’ve still got a 70s bandeau crinkled jumpsuit – always hang on to clothes lol.

  3. I’m absolutely loving pleats this season, I’m determined to give the trend a try – I like the idea of the pleated trousers and dressing them down with pumps and an embellished denim shirt.

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