These are the pleated skirts and dresses that we're obsessed with and here's why you should as well
The Plisse Effect
While plisse — more commonly known as the knife pleat — isn’t particularly a new fashion utility (fashion historians discovered the use of this technique dating as early as the 10th century), it was only until the 2010s where it exponetially increased in popularity.
We dare say that Phoebe Philo was the designer that “brought” this design back. She reintroduced the knife pleat circa 2012 at #oldceline. Subsequently, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele popularised it. Seven years on, it’s a closet staple in every working woman’s closet.
Here we have 13 pieces for you to choose from. From skirts to dresses, let one of these pieces stylishly bring you from boardroom to bar and beyond.
Photos: Gucci, Fendi
This article was first published on Her World’s July 2019 issue.
We love this H&M dress, period. Reason: not only does this dress sports baroque prints, it also has an elongated v-neck line that allows you to flaunt your collarbone. Match this bold piece with gold accessories.
4. Brunello Cucinelli cotton and polyester skirt, price unavailable
Though this skirt is made out of cotton and polyester, we’re still intrigued by how shimmery it looks. Perfect for both work and weekends, wear this with a loosely buttoned white shirt for that effortless pizzazz.
This cotton candy blue skirt is dreams come true for every pastel lover. Either go full on monochromatic with this skirt by wearing it with a pussybow blouse of a matching hue, or juxtapose it with a black biker jacket.
While khaki greens are within the spectrum of neutral hues, it’s generally quite a bold and striking shade to don for work. To tame this baby down, wear it with something monochromatic, like either a black silk blouse or a white short sleeved shirt.
Here’s what we recommend when you’re purchasing skirt that sports whimsical prints: opt for one that’s rather muted in colour, if you want to wear it for work. This Maje skirt features a white and blue combination, which is definitely office-friendly.
The cheery shade of yellow on this H&M skirt is perfect for a weekend getaway to the beach (or to one of our favourite destinations, Bali). Wear it with a white crop top and a Jane Birkin inspired basket bag.
If you’d want to venture into the world of prints, but don’t want to dabble too much into those that are ostentatious, this Sandro skirt is definitely perfect for you. Despite featuring eclectic and bold prints, it still has a very tamed colour palette. Wear it with a pinstriped shirt.