Trend Watch: Pretty Pleated Looks Straight Off the Spring Runways

A pleated detail lends a sophisticated air to any outfit.

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No matter the color, length, or style, there's something about a pleated skirt that screams sophistication. At Jil Stuart, '20's-style flapper dresses in a "lemon meringue" palette had us dreaming about spring garden parties.
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Christian Siriano's sweeping chartreuse maxi skirt was one of the most striking iterations of the trend this season. We especially loved that the look -- which could have easily read "over-the-top" -- was styled with a simple striped tee.
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Likewise, Burberry's super-bright pleated dresses were styled with sporty khaki separates and colorful, beaded accents. ($2995 at Net-a-Porter).
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A marble-like print and contrasting sienna hemline add interest to a simple pleated skirt by Proenza Schouler ($650 at Net-a-Porter ).
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Dainty pleats added a feminine touch to the tailored shirt-dresses and color-block looks at Chloe, including this elegant peach and taupe dress.
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At Hermes, head-to-toe pleats showed up on a silky, bright orange shirtdress styled with ankle booties and a collarless coat.
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Topshop's breezy chiffon shirtdresses are a chic (and budget-friendly) way to participate in the trend without shelling out for designer gear ($100 at Topshop ).
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Bottega Veneta's color-block spring collection included pops of super-saturated scarlet, here used on a swishy pleated mini-skirt.
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Prada's sumptuous pleated leather skirts were executed in Easter-egg shades of pastel violet.
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Pleated leather seems to have been a kind of micro-trend for the spring season, reappearing in a knee-length, two-tone skirt on the Celine catwalk.
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Pleats played an important role in Etro's glamorous Art Deco collection, which included flapper-like dresses with shimmery, metallic accents.
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Topshop's higher-end "Unique" collection included '80s-era pleats including a Madonna-inspired pink-and-gold confection.
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Tibi's peachy-keen pleated skirt is perfect for transitioning a darker winter wardrobe into spring. ($330 at Shopbop)
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Ralph Lauren's '20s-inspired spring collection included a number of ethereal, white pleated pieces, including this floaty silk skirt ($900 at Net-a-Porter).
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Reed Krakoff took a modern approach to the trend with a shimmery, see-through silk that had a almost plastic-looking vibe beneath the runway lights.
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Rachel Zoe's watercolor printed maxidresses featured pleating all the way from the neck to the hemline (shop the blouse version of this look at Bergdorf Goodman, $295).
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Floor-length pleats give this elegant nude halter-gown by Tory Burch a soft, fluttery movement.
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Victoria Beckham's modern take on a pleated sundress included cut-outs at the waist and wide elastic straps.
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