Choosing a theme that was in line with my style aesthetic for this month would have been the easy route, but choosing something that was out of my comfort zone was my first challenge right out of the gates. Pleats it was!!!
This trend is having a big moment this spring season & I’ve been seeing it everywhere. The micro fold is feminine, airy, flowy & has an overly sweet feel to it & that is not me! So the dilemma was how can I make it more me?!?! I wanted to challenge myself, but I also know I’m on a tight budget. I was feeling stubborn that I was going to have to purchase something just because it was on trend. No, let’s be honest! I was mad at myself that I choose a theme that was going to force me to purchase something that might not be a versatile piece in my closet… just wasted money down the drain (insert grumpy, red-faced emoticon). My philosophy: You don’t have to own every trend that is out there! Just because the rest of planet earth is wearing it, doesn’t necessarily mean it is right for you. With one last-ditch effort, I dug deep in my closet & my attic. No lie! I have a box that lives up there & it’s labeled “maybes”. These are items I’ve had forever, but just don’t have the heart to let go, but taking up space in my closet. Heck ya! Hallelujah! No freakin’ way! Found this pleated halter from years ago (I’m talking more than 10). I purchased this at Metropark, this young-something, edgy store, I used to work in mall to earn extra money. Yes, I had a mall job! Yuck! You ask: How did I do that? Why did I torture myself with a retail mall job? Well, I needed the money. (insert 2nd grumpy, red-faced emoticon) Another story for another day!
So, with halter in hand, now it was back downstairs to create a look. By the way, as I’m climbing down the ladder & sealing up the attic, I’m still giving myself the, “yes, no freaking way, this is so killer, can’t believe this just happened, are you kidding me?” conversation to myself. Yes! I do talk out loud to myself. Again, another story for another day!
I put it on, tied the halter around my neck & realized it was too short to be a dress! What?!?! Completely forgot how I wore this! Why in the world did I buy this then? I know I didn’t grow another 4 inches in the last 10 years. Had to be the pattern; it was definitely the pattern. That was the only reason I could think of. Seriously, I couldn’t remember how I styled this; I had no idea. So, here comes the 2nd challenge. How to style this “not dress, “not shirt” long tunic thing? This halter is so loose, so pairing a fitted skirt on the bottom was a first good choice. Nope! That looked silly & a bit heavy. Then, I tried shorts since it is spring & it would be fun to showcase how to wear pleats during this transitional season. Nope! That looked goofy & juvenile. Blue jeans looked ok, but I just knew if I kept digging, I’d find something with just a bit more to give it that little umpff it needed. Again, triumphantly, I found a long-lost pair of dark-coated denim pants that I purchased years ago. My halter is loud with tons of color, but I noticed there is dark mahogany red in the print & it matched the pants perfectly. Voila!!!! More “yes, no freaking way, this is so killer, can’t believe this just happened, are you kidding me?” conversation to myself. My very colorful top & subdued denim worked well together & didn’t compete for attention. I felt it was important to keep the top as a standout piece, so that’s why I choose just a simple wrap watch & heeled sandals in a dark brown hue to finish my look. Sorry such a long blog post, but I thought my journey a little hilarious including a ton of self-inflicted worry that was so unnecessary.
Halter Tunic: Metropark / Coated Denim: Habitual from NYC Scoop / Sandals: Coclico / Watch: Quartz
There’s plenty more in pleats! Take a look at 7 other fantastic interpretations of pleats.
I was so thrilled to have our Guest Blogger, Yvonne of Funky Forty, joined us this month. I’ve been #girlcrushing on her for some time & love her philosophy that “40 something is still young.” Her energy is infectious & I love how all of her photos jump of the screen! Yvonne made this look so edgy by adding a cool denim jacket & killer knee-high boots. The sunnies add such a fun touch.
Boots: vintage somewhere in Beaune
Samantha who is behind the blog, Fake Fabulous, looks incredibly elegant & casual all at once. White looks so angelic on her & love she how she used red as her “go-to” color for accessories & ballerina flats. Pairing jeans was a great way to make this a daytime look.
Pleated Top: Topshop
Shoes: French Sole
Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun, shows that fashion is definitely fun, but also striking. Not only is this skirt pleated, it’s made of such a unique fabric that toughens the feel of this look. But I love how she added a fitted top with lace sleeves. Lace & leather is so edgy & great way to play with texture.
PU Leather Pleated Skirt: Shein
Lace Sleeve Top: Shein
Black Classic Pumps: Nine West
Snakeskin Clutch: Vintage
Tattoo Hose: Stop & Stare
Jennie, who writes, A Pocketful of Polka Dots, is the epitome of chic with this entire look. This is shot should be in the pages of a magazine. She pops with this vibrant colored button-down & the printed pleat skirt is so beautiful. I love how she added a nude heel to elongate her legs & also keeps the focus on the skirt & top.
Skirt: Simply Vera Wang
Shoes: Madden Girl
Necklace & Ring: Local Boutique
Bracelet: Gift from my husband
Sunnies: Charming Charlie
Ann of Kremb de la Kremb is so festive & playful. She has done such an incredible job mixing patterns with her entire look. Adding the fun leopard print bag with her skirt was genius & knowing this skirt is one-of-a-kind makes it so special. And those Star Wars slip-ons are to die for!!!
Evil Eye Earrings & Leopard Backpack: Hong Kong Market
Black Crop Top: Forever 21
Denim Vest: Topshop
Pleated Skirt: Lainjiang Village, China
Slip-ons: Vans Star Wars Limited Edition
Sheela of Sheela Writes goes full tilt, commands attention with her styling & blows me away! I love it to bits!!! She is brilliant with layering, texture, colors & so thoughtful with the special touches she adds to finish each of her looks & this one is no different. The pleated blush dress is a statement all on its own (so striking, yet delicate in a soft blush color), but she deftly adds other elements that makes this work so wonderfully.
Vegan Leather Jacket: Charter Club
Blush Slip Dress: Lush
Leather & Lace Leggings: Zara
Swarovski Crystal Boots: Bakers
Studded Blush Leather Granny Purse: LeiC
Rings & Cuffs: Gifted
Mary of Curlybyrdie Chirps I’ve deemed our Glamour Girl! She is not afraid of vibrant color & nails bold print every time. I love it more with each time she reveals a new look. Mary knows the many ways to style a dress & gives plenty of inspiration. The halter style of this maxi dress shows off her gorgeous shoulders & she is absolutely showing sass with this sexy pose.
Dress: Eliza J – Carson’s
The Fab 40s embraced pleats & went far & beyond! So would you give pleats a try?