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AW18 Trend Spotlight: Pleats

 IMAGE: Ted Baker

IMAGE: Ted Baker

Pleats proved a popular choice with designers for this season as the folded form graced more than just a few runways. The question is, how to wear pleats without looking frumpy?

Combine this key structural trend with the statement-making prints of the season and you are onto a winning formula for effortless style. Look for leopard, snake or scarf prints in pleated midi skirts to keep your look current.

Dress up daytime outfits with velvet and satin pleated skirts worn with t-shirts and sweaters or add edge to this typically prim piece by opting for faux leather pleats, then pair with a soft knit for contrast and a ladylike heel.

You will find plenty of plissé trousers and sheer pleats on tops and dresses to update your evening and occasion wear if you are already on the pleated midi bandwagon, but if this season is your first foray into pleats, the skirt will prove most versatile in your wardrobe.

Style Tip: Try a block colour pleated skirt with a tonal roll neck sweater and boots for a simple yet polished cool weather look.

 IMAGE: John Lewis & Partners

IMAGE: John Lewis & Partners

High street hit: Zara’s pleat front midi skirt combines on-trend snake print with a pleated front panel for a flattering finish as the black back and sides give the illusion of slimmer hips.

 IMAGE: Zara

IMAGE: Zara