The soft, romantic accordion pleats that first made an appearance on the Spring 2012 runways are making a return appearance for Fall. This time, however, pleats took on a more prominent role, sometimes taking over the entire design of a look like those seen at BCBG and Dior. Both flirtatious and sophisticated, these swingy skirts and dresses look chic paired with everything from casual tees to tough booties.
The Coffee Pleat
Marni sets the tone for playful pleats in this toffee, cream, and black printed skirt. Featuring optically alluring angular patterns with a sophisticated finish, this color block dress feels both modern and classic. The timeless print enables you to pair this skirt with lightweight cardigans, crisp button downs, and alluring camisoles. Great for both a professional or leisure setting, you will get plenty of use out of this stunning pairing.
Soft and Pleated
Color-blocking adds a contemporary edge to this soft sweater dress from Rachel Roy. The fitted bodice has a wide neckline, which flatters the upper body and a strap crosses the shoulder blades at the scoop back for unique detailing. Accordion pleats add fullness to the skirt as well as a romantic notion. Pair this sleeveless dress with black opaque tights and a blazer as the cooler months seep in.
Edgy but Classic
Pair this edgy black and white skirt from fashion forward line Ohne Titel with a leather blouse for a tough-chic ensemble. The bigger accordion pleats feel fresh and are perfectly in sync with fall's voluminous trends. A black band sits right above the waist to accentuate the smallest part of your curves. It's classically chic color combination makes for several versatile pairings when it comes to dressing up.
Put on a colorful striped skirt for a fun and laid back look. This Forever 21 skirt features bold stripes and romantic accordion pleats, a combination that feels young and feminine. This lightweight skirt will transition perfectly from summer to fall simply by adding opaque tights underneath.
Give your skirt the metallic treatment with BB Dakota's golden pleated miniskirt. The lightweight and breezy construction gives the allover accordion pleating a more casual vibe. The matte finish on this skirt toughens up the golden hue and feminine pleating. Pair with a basic white t-shirt and neutral accessories for a relaxed look.
Short and flirty, this bohemian mini works both day and night when switching up your accessories. Pair this fun skirt with a tonal silk camisole and metallic sandals for a boho-glam result.
The Tough Maxi
For fall try this contemporary chiffon black maxi from British label River Island. Fashion-froward details including a fitted high waist and a mini underskirt with accordion pleats give this maxi a tough attitude, which is by far fall's biggest charm.
The High and the Low
Keep your style fashionably forward in this breezy, cascading pleated chiffon skirt from Australian label Keepsake. The layered construction and draping in the front further complements the peachy hue. The relaxed silhouette and romantic design makes for the perfect date option.
Go Green with Pleats
Go green in this sexy pleated dress from Parker. Made from a lightweight chiffon, this summery dress features a scoop neck and a racer back design. The Kelly green hue feels fresh and preppy while the accordion pleats give off a romantic air that works well in both day and night time settings. Pair this vivid frock with leather accessories for an edgy contrast.
The Seductive Pleats
Seduce and conquer in this stunning double-layered dress from Three Floor. The mesh fabric creates an illusion bodice, while the flowing silhouette feels ethereal and very goddess like. The accordion-pleated skirt moves effortlessly while an airy panel drapes over the back for added movement. The crossover back panel reveals a peek of skin for an alluring finish. Wear this dress with neutral or metallic colored accessories to keep the look airy and light.