There’s just something about pleated dresses that we can’t help but adore.
Perhaps it’s the soft way the pleats dance in the breeze, or perhaps it’s the cinched waist and billowing silhouette which can be incredibly flattering to the figure.
Whatever it is, it is reason enough to always have a pleated dress stashed in your wardrobe — especially for days when you need to grab and go. It is a staple that is so versatile, you can wear it from morning to night — just throw on a blazer or vest while at work for a boyish contrast, or don a denim jacket over it during the weekend.
Here, we’ve rounded 12 pleated dresses that are so pretty, yet so fuss-free.
Jason Wu layered pleated dress georgette dress, US$505.09 (S$683.59), from Net-a-Porter
Jason Wu counts Michelle Obama and Kate Bosworth as fans of his creations, and it’s easy to see why. This soft lilac number exudes a relaxed and feminine air, while still making sure its wearer looks all put-together. Featuring a chest overlay atop a knife-pleated skirt, wear with silver jewellery and pumps for work to look sharp and chic.
Jil Sander pleated georgette maxi dress, US$661.78 (S$895.65), from Net-a-Porter
Black might be the easiest and most foolproof colour to get decked in, but sometimes, a girl’s gotta branch out a little. Try navy blue if you don’t want to be too adventurous, like this sleek Jil Sander creation. We love that it is long in length but sleeveless, with a gathered skirt that flows from its bodice which is great if you wish to hide your belly. Throw on block heels and a bangle and you’re good for work.
Khaite Denise pleated cotton-poplin mini dress, US$704.37 (S$953.29), from Net-a-Porter
We love the little black dress as much as the next girl, but a little white dress can really change things up, instantly making you look clean and polished. While LWDs are usually reserved for a striking summer party outfit or casual beach wear, this mini dress from Khaite gives it an upgrade with sophisticated balloon blouson sleeves. Go with a drop pendant to bring emphasis to your cleavage and pair with kitten heels for a weekend date.
Mary Katrantzou Airmail pleated printed crepe dress, US$1,514.25 (S$2,049.39), from Net-a-Porter
This playful dress will make anybody do a double take. Part of Mary Katrantzou’s whimsical Spring’19 collection that takes inspiration from collectible items around us, this pleated piece features stamps at the skirt portion, which you’d not notice immediately thanks to the cohesive colour scheme. Let this dress shine and go simple with stacked rings, nude sandals and a leather clutch.
Missoni pleated dress, US$2,790 (S$3,775.99)
This Missoni dress features a flattering crossover neckline and elasticated waist, and is in a neutral marble green shade that is complementary for both warm and cool skin-toned people. Wear with a delicate necklace and slip on a comfy pair of loafers for a smart yet relaxed for casual Fridays.
MSGM pleated printed crepe mini dress, US$688.47 (S$931.78), from Net-a-Porter
The brainchild of Italian designer Massimo Giorgetti, this vibrant shift dress exemplifies his love for colourful prints and a sporty yet feminine aesthetic. Put your hair in a messy bun, add hoop earrings and finish with a pair of white sneakers to attend a weekend brunch.
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Pomelo Fashion premium midi v neck pleated dress, S$74
On days when you woke up on the right side of the bed, wear a vibrant red number like this piece to show your love for life. Accentuate the v-neck plunge of this dress with a delicate gold necklace and finish with gold or orange heels for a monochromatic look.
Photo: Pomelo Fashion
Love, Bonito Haena pleated midi dress, S$59.90
With a fitted bodice and pleated knee-length skirt, this piece simply exudes quiet elegance. It’s great for a garden wedding or an evening date. To make it more work appropriate, layer a blazer or jumper over it and finish with black strappy heels.
Photo: Love, Bonito
Zara contrast pleated dress, S$89.90
See-through lace and playful pleats in a feminine beige shade — yes please! We especially love how the piece highlights your back and chest, without being too over-the-top. Style it with gorgeous stud earrings and match with a pair of nude pumps for work, but make sure you throw a shawl around you just to be safe.
Lulus Westwind white lace pleated dress, US$69 (S$93.38)
Taupe crocheted floral lace trimmings are used to break up the monotony of this simple white pleated dress while lending an air of quiet elegance. Brilliant move, plus it helps create a waist-cinching illusion to cheat an hourglass shape. Match with nude pumps or white mules and slip on some gold bangles.
Photo: Lulus Westwind
Missguided orange strappy pleated maxi dress, €52 (S$79.12)
Lounging poolside in a Bali resort? Attending a yacht party off Saint-Tropez? This cheery mandarin orange piece from Missguided is great on its own or when worn over a strappy bikini with espadrille sandals and a margarita in hand.
Topshop monochrome pleated midi slip dress, S$116
The pleated detail of this abstract print dress gives a unique twist to the look, not to mention a hint of sensuality, thanks to its slightly translucent fabric. Give this girly piece a masculine edge by contrasting its feminine shape with military lace-up boots or spiked leather loafers.
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