The pleat trend is unfolding on the fashion scene as one of the must-have phenomenons for fall 2015. Pleats of all shapes and sizes flared down the runways, but carwash pleats were at the top of the list for this innovative trend. These move-with-you pleats are chic and sophisticated, featuring a vintage vibe with interesting modern twists. Whether you prefer racy thigh-high slits or more demure knee-grazing styles, carwash pleats are the way to show some leg this season.
Shades of cozy grey and pops of bright color transform carwash pleats into a go-to style for sunny autumn days. Paired with a casual blouse or low-key ankle boots, these daytime ensembles feature a relaxed finish, ideal for weekend brunching and afternoon shopping.
Tribal inspired pattern worn over plaid button-up and paired with gladiator style heels – Custo Barcelona
Dior pairs neutral tweed carwash pleat skirt with electric blue booties and a blouse with embellished collar
Vibrant florals are the focal point in this Valentino look
Street Style: When paired with sneakers, the thigh-high slits and mesh overlay of these carwash pleats exude casual chic
Wes Gordon tops a simple grey dress with a lighter grey fur gilet for a relaxed fall look
When night falls, it’s time to elevate your outfit, increasing the glam factor to create a wowing effect. With luxurious fabrics like velvet, lace and even fur, plus striking details, these carwash pleats offer an alluring take on the trend.
Lace and velvet combine in this romantic Oscar de la Renta carwash pleated dress
Thakoon wrap dress design features three-dimensional appliques
Street Style: Silky and sultry blouse paired with strappy heels in a bright hue offers a feminine date-night look
Sheer paneling and rich green fur set an elegant tone in this Salvatore Ferragamo ensemble
Red satin carwash pleats and textured tights make this Tommy Hilfiger look evening appropriate
Wear Into Winter
Transition your carwash pleats into colder weather by taking a hint from these warm looks. Pair a pleated skirt with a sweater, tights, boots or a wool coat (or layer with all of the above!) for a winter-approved ensemble.
Lanvin opts for a color blocking design and rich jewel tones in this must-have cool weather ensemble
Fishnet stockings and an oversized sweater add a 90s-inspired edge to this Proenza Schouler look
Sally LaPointe tops her carwash pleats with a matching knee-length wool coat
Fair Isle knit sweater pairs perfectly with black carwash pleated skirt
Tommy Hilfiger channels the athletic trend in this maroon carwash pleat and faux fur pairing