By now, you know pleats have evolved way past stereotypical schoolgirl skirts. In fact, during the last few seasons, labels like Céline, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, and Hermés have put their own very new, very modern spin on pleats, making them the focal point of their collections.
While there are several types of pleats, the most ubiquitous among the fashion crowd is accordion-style folds—long, thin, sharp pleats that add distinct, feminine movement to skirts, dresses, even blouses when created in lightweight fabrics like silk, chiffon, or cotton.
Here, we’ve highlighted 10 breezy pleated pieces to shop before summer’s out—and included tips on how we’d style them, in case you haven’t yet hopped aboard the pleats train.
Click through now to start shopping 10 perfect accordion pleated pieces—and learn how to style them.
How we'd wear it: With a tucked-in tee for summer days, and a fitted black turtleneck once the weather cools down.
Silver Pleated Midi Skirt, $46; at Front Row Shop
How we'd wear it: With a pair of glam platform sandals for a night out, with a shrunken tee underneath for summer days, and with a slouchy oversized sweater on top this fall.
Shape Shifter Pleated Dress, $49; at Nasty Gal
How we'd wear it: With a boxy white tee—sleeves rolled up—and a sleek pair of Adidas Stan Smiths.
Topshop Unique Sunray Pleated Skirt, $80; at Topshop
How we'd wear it: Just add a pair of flat gladiator sandals, gold hoop earrings, and you're set!
Rebecca Taylor Box Step Pleat Dress, $550; at Rebecca Taylor
How we'd wear it: With a pair of faded skinny jeans and leather slides for day, or with the matching maxi skirt for evening.
DAY Birger Et Mikkelsen Noisy Plissé-Jersey Bandeau Top, $265; at Net-a-Porter
How we'd wear it: Add to the skirt's edge with a black sleeveless turtleneck—so chic.
Alexander Wang Accordion Pleated Skirt, $537; at Shopbop
How we'd wear it: With black skinnies and a bold lip or with equally voluminous silky pants or culottes.
Mango Flowy Blouse, $29.99; at Mango
How we'd wear it: Make these ankle-grazers your wardrobe's workhorse and pair them with everything from tees and tanks to blouses and knits.
Topshop Pleated 'Awkward Length' Trousers, $60; at Topshop
How we'd wear it: With a pair of '70s-style high-waist blue jeans for a casual look, or with wide-leg black silky trousers.
Pleated Cami, $19.99; at Forever 21