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Eyes to the Sky: Pretty in Pleats


Celine & Burberry Make Statements with Color

Graying skies and the shift to boots & chunky sweaters are all reminders that winter is fast approaching. It may be hard to even imagine what to wear when the flowers bloom again, but with the wave of Spring ’12 runway shows coming to a close, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite trends for the upcoming season: pleats.

Chloe & Prada's Cool Blues

Pleats are not some new fashion phenomena, but rather a reoccurring trend we’ve seen over the years. Once strictly for school girl uniform’s and Dad’s Dockers, pleats for spring lend a fun, flirty feeling to any outfit.

Seen on almost every major runway, from Celine, Chloe, Burberry and Prada, designers chose to present pleats in mini and below-the-knee skirts, as well as utilize bright colors, rather than prints. Color blocking, a trend we’ve seen for the past couple seasons, also continued into spring.

Aquilano Ricmondi & Bottega Venetta Does the Sophisticated Pleat

We’re loving the idea that longer skirts are proving to be a mainstay for 2012,  which is why you can get a jump start on this trend and work it into your wardrobe for fall.  Since pleats are a classic design feature, you can pretty much find pleats anywhere. The trick for keeping it with fall is to choose colors like burgundy, deeper oranges, and rich green. Pair it with a cute sweater or pile on the layers.

Below are some options you can buy now:

Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

Asos Gray Midi Skirt $62.90, Asos.com / Pleated Maxi Skirt $90, Topshop.com /Robert Rodriquez Side Pleated Skirt $265, Zappos.com / Madewell Great Lawn Sweater Skirt $118, Madewell.com / The Addison Story Belt Skirt $158, Acrinomy.com / D & G Silk Organza Knee Length Skirt $138, Bluefly.com

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