We can’t explain it, but there’s something about swishy summatime pleats that makes us want to sip rosé on a rooftop bar. Peep these 13 playful takes on summer fashion below that prove there is a piece of the pleated trend for everyone.
1. Topshop Box Pleat Bardot Top ($60): You golden ray of sunshine, you. We don’t care if you’re hitting up happy hour at your fave taco joint or dipping your toes in the kiddie pool — this Bardot top with a pleated neckline is just asking for a summer of scandal.
2. J.Crew Pleated Skirt in Berry Print ($98): Let it be known: THIS is what you wear when you’re playing hooky from work or heading to the vineyard for a fancy wine and cheese tasting.
3. Little Moon Olyra Skirt ($175): Take the streets of SoHo by storm with this twirl-worthy floral pleat skirt that packs major swagger. Stylish add-ons include a crop top, tough-girl ankle boots, and retro hoops for a date night-friendly #OOTD that doesn’t try too hard.
4. Kate Spade New York Ditzy Pleated Top ($228): Introducing what we like to call the 24-hour blouse that — you guessed it — you’ll reach for 24/7. Style this daisy printed top alongside a pencil skirt and power pumps for your nine-to-five before slipping into some high-waisted denim shorts and huaraches for a Friday night concert.
5. ASOS Bridal Pleated Frill Plunge Bikini Top ($35) + ASOS Bridal Pleated Frill Skirted Bikini Bottom ($23): Just a reminder that you don’t have to get hitched in a seaside ceremony to rock this frilly white bikini featuring femme pleats. It’s also game for a White party in the Hamptons (a kimono cover-up is required for maximum slayage, natch) or a stint in Tulum.
6. Boohoo Aura Floral Pleated Slinky Wide Leg Culottes ($30): How to survive the first heat wave of the season? We thought you’d never ask. Slip these floral pleated culottes on with a lace-up bodysuit for a fuss-free going-out look.
7. Style Mafia Flouncy Ruffle Shirt ($175): When sweltering temps get the best of you, do away with the “but I can’t wear that” ‘tude. This avant-garde bell-sleeve blouse with micro pleats is just waiting for you to bust a move.
8. H&M Slides ($25):Girlll, running errands across town is about to look fly as hell. Dial it way down this summer with a pair of these patent slides featuring futuristic pleats that will command attention at the crosswalk. Ubiquitous Adidas logo tee, where you at?
9. Club Monaco Jessany Dress ($249): Delicate pleats? Check. Fluttery shoulder ties? Check. Uncanny resemblance to a certain salsa dancer emoji? Bingo. Be it a summer block party or a candlelit dinner with your boo, this LRD (little red dress) is a certified scene-stealer.
10. Seen Worn Kept Uma Pleated Midi Skirt ($148): Dare to be seen in this flashy green pleated midi that may cause a stir at the country club. Team alongside a chambray shirt and trainers for a Wimbledon-bound getup or perhaps Sunday brunch on the UES.
11. & Other Stories Metallic Sheen Dress ($65): When it’s hot AF and you just want to toss your locks into a messy top knot, this is the shimmery pink pleated slip you’ll reach for without fail. Pair with an ivory blazer for the boardroom.
12. Andersson Bell Trench Pleats Skirt ($111): Man-repelling without even trying pretty much sums up this deconstructed denim ‘n’ pleats skirt that would do Leandra Medine proud. Opt for a graphic tee, shoulder-grazing chandelier earrings, and some free-wheelin’ banana printed pool slides to mix things up.
13. Endless Rose Pleated Maxi Dress ($156): Now that we’ve tracked down the *perfect* pleated maxi (in our eyes, anyway), you can embrace summer wedding season with open arms. Besides ushering in plenty of movement on a hot and sticky afternoon, this striped stunner boasts no shortage of ruffles to keep you interested beyond the first set of “I dos.”
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