I have seen a lot of pleated skirts for sale lately. I like them, but was wondering if I can still wear them now I am in my 50’s and a little heavier than I was when I wore them years ago. Thanks, June.
Many of us avoid pleated skirts because we worry that all that extra fabric will bulk us up, and out! If you carry a lot of weight around your middle, there is some truth to that, and you need to proceed with caution. However, the good news is that all kinds of finer, lighter fabrics that drape the body are being used today for pleated skirts, so there are much more options now that can work. Also, different types of pleats work for different body types. Let’s take a look:
Dowdy, traditional prints have turned some gals off of pleats, but here’s a pleated skirt that has a fresh, modern twist. When your skirt is busy and bold like this, it is best to keep the top simple. I prefer a more flattering neckline than this that’s scoop or v-neck if you want to look fab after 40. TIP: Pleats should lie flat over the hip area and your bottom, without any spreading out of the pleats. If your skirt pulls then, your skirt is too small, and you need to go up a size.
If you have a tummy and want to wear pleats, then try a wide drop waist to flatten out any jelly belly and slim you down. You’ll love the swingy feel of this. A fitted top gives you that hourglass shape.
A Lesson in Long and Lean
Want to wear pleats but worried they will make you look wider instead of taller? Try this trick. Wear a monochromatic look. All one color from head to toe will make you look taller, sleeker and sensational. you have wide hips a wide pleat helps to make you look slimmer. Tip: Keep your skirt no more than a few inches above the knee if you don’t want to look too schoolgirl.
Pair With Architectural Accessories
To emphasize the strong, clean lines pleats make, pair your pleated item with other pieces that have strong shapes, too. For instance, choose pumps or flats with a pointed toe as opposed to rounded-toe or wear a pleated skirt with a chunky, high sandal with a bit of an edge. Stay away from a slouchy bag and go for something structured with hard edges. It’s all about underscoring how sharp pleats with other sharp lines to create a new, almost-futuristic look!
Low Key Pleat
Not a big pleat person but want in on the look? Then how about this Ralph Lauren Pleated Dress? It’s crisp and summery and the wide flat pleats are understated and elegant. Secret: These wide inverted pleats work better for wide hips than narrow pleats.
Be Bold With Baubles
In the same vein as the tip above: don’t choose itsy-bitsy or dainty jewelry to go with a pleated item- it’ll be lost in the look. Instead, pick one bold piece with no frills and a strong shape. A cuff bracelet, for instance, is a bold piece that’s a perfect match to your pleats! Just make sure to go easy on the jewelry- you want the focus to be on the pleats and their strong lines.