Pleats are set to be big for SS2011. On the catwalk many designers showed pleats that added detail as well as volume to their designs whilst retaining a feminine and classic look. Erdem and Lanvin were my favourite examples of this, with Derek Lam a notable second.
I find it quite difficult to wear pleats well, mainly because they do add volume and create bulk and getting this to happen in the right places is tricky. I lean towards dresses rather than skirts because then the designer has thought about proportion for me already! I’ve seen a lot of short skirts with pleating in the shops but I lean towards longer lengths. I recently bought an ivory chiffon dress with pleats on Ebay that was midi skirt length – this should see me wearing two “trends” in one this summer (I talk so often about “trends” but I forget to remind my readers again and again that you need to buy what works for you and suits your shape. Check out this article written by a fellow blogger I was fortunate to meet in NYC recently: http://everydayglamour.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/accentuate-the-assets/)
The dress in my post here is from French Connection. It is a gorgeous pale pink colour that I am learning to embrace, (did you see some of the amazing nude, pink and peach coloured gowns worn to the Golden Globe awards, like Emma Jones’ frock?) With this dress I also like the way the paleness of my skin seems to work against it. I feel I should pirouette in it, but I guess I shall settle for dinner and cocktails with the girls instead….
Wearing: Dress by French Connection. Shoes, Dorothy Perkins as before. Clutch from Debenhams.