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June 09, 2012  | by: Latonya Darrisaw

Pleated skirts, dresses and blouses at the Prada spring 2012 runway show

If pleated apparel is not on your must-have list for summer and fall, it should be! We know the trend can easily go from school girl uniform to mother of the bride, but with new silhouettes, colors and textures, this style can be com-pleat-ly chic (sorry, we couldn’t help it!). Not to mention, it can add volume to lean figures, and has just enough structure and slimming effects for curvalicious fashionistas, too. There’s everything from accordion-style pleating and origami to knife and box pleats.

Here are a few ways to take the trend from the runway to your closet. We hope after seeing your favorite celebrities wearing the ultra-feminine style that you’ll be saying pretty pleats, please!

Jada Pinkett-Smith pretty in pink pleats

On a promotional trail for her upcoming film Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Jada Pinkett-Smith stopped by the “Today Show” in a pink Lanvin dress and hot pink and white snakeskin Nicholas Kirkwood sandals. She looked sophisticated in her ethereal dress. The metallic belt helped to form a flattering shape for the petite actress, while the halter style neckline gave it more of a contemporary edge. Want the luxe for less? We found this beautiful colorblock pleated dress at Forever 21 and a similar style like Jada’s from BCBG Max Azria at Bloomingdale’s.

Ashley Madekwe showing off her love for pleated skirts

As you can see, “Revenge” actress Ashley Madekwe loves pleated skirts. Her approach to the trend is modern, hip and fresh. She’s worn leather pleated skirts to more frilly, feminine styles. She showed how to pull off pleats by coordinating a staple item such as a white button-up, chambray top or a sweater with pleats and trendy shoes on the bottom. Don’t worry – Topshop and The Limited have two styles we’re coveting. Yes, even leather varieties are perfect for the summer paired with a rock or vintage tee.

Janice Man in a pleated shirtdress

Fashion model and Hong Kong actress Janice Man wore a bright marigold shirtdress from Tommy Hilfiger at the brand’s grand opening in Hong Kong last month. While the pleats are only on front of the sleeveless, button-down dress, it still shows that pleats can work in something so simple like a blouse or top. The drawstring waist, hidden placket and tuxedo detailing at the top added the pizazz to an otherwise casual style along with the cobalt blue tank underneath. Just in time for summer are pleated tanks and blouses to wear with trousers, your favorite skinny jeans, or a basic pencil skirt.

Hayden Panetierre in pleated shorts

“Nashville” star Hayden Panetierre was ethereal in blue, pleated StyleStalker shorts in New York. If you’re not into skirts or dresses, this is another way to incorporate the stylish trend into your daily wardrobe. Pleated shorts could work at the office paired with a blazer or for a night out on the town with the girls in a leather or denim motorcycle jacket. The possibilities are endless with styles varying from silk flat-front shorts to more whimsical patterns and prints. This style from Zara fits all the above.

Are you ready to get swinging in this trend or do you think pleats should be left to Girl Scouts and uniforms? How would you make it work in your everyday streetwear?

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