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THIS WEEK: PLEATS YOURSELF
This season there is utterly no getting away from wearing creased clothes masquerading under their new moniker ‘pleats’ so Mrs V has rounded up 5 items of pleated clothing that should at least have you considering a foray into uniformed folds.
1.H&M pleated Khaki Skirt £24.99
You can fussy it up with some sparkly shoes and I’d add some very current patterned tights, i.e. large fishnets or big lacy. You can hunker it down with boots or trainers – the sky’s the limit height-wise.
The cross fertilisation of looks breeds individuality and can unlock a few more outfits from your current wardrobe. How nice is this ‘bling me up’ silver pleated skirt with the ‘keep me warm’ tailored jacket?
And how about this for an idea, swap a pleated top over your jeans for the day to night transition?
This blouse actually comes with matching fairly wide legged trousers, which if you were feeling flush, you could also buy and then wear as a very sophisticated ensemble or separate the two and unlock five thousand looks in your wardrobe!
I saw someone wearing a pair of pleated trousers with a Pea Coat as I crossed Regent Street and though it was fab, pretty, current and practical. It wasn’t the time to whip out my camera as a Routemaster was bearing down…
There is so, so much in this genre out there and it’s for you to choose your entry point.
Every item I’ve featured is under £35, which means that you won’t have to commit a robbery to bag yourself a piece of this pleated swag.
If you only want to dip your toe into this bottomless style pool, I suggest a very groovy skinny scarf, like this silver one from Zara. I cannot promise that this delicious little accessory is presently available but many more on the theme of, will be.
Pleats can hide or accentuate and that is a mighty fine thing. There is a shed load of choice on every level for this trend, fabric and style. Grab your handbags, we’re going to a party, to work, to supper, to the end of term play or to the works outing and wait for it…we are pleats to bits!