Looking to make a style statement? Accordion pleats can add drama to your wardrobe


Accordion-style pleats are having a major moment. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at photos of fashion influencers on Instagram. Draped from delicate fabrics, the new iterations on the accordion pleat can create soft, feminine silhouettes or strong standout looks. Here we share a handful of pleated tops, dresses and skirts from designers and fashion labels for your springtime inspiration.

Jason Wu

Jason Wu’s Resort ’17 blood orange and soft pink color-blocked fit-bodice cocktail dress with raw edges and a sunburst accordion sharp-pleated skirt. $2,495.

Jason Wu two-tone pleated crinkled-chiffon midi dress.
(Jason Wu / Net-a-Porter)


Balenciaga’s flowy georgette royal-blue banded-collar blouse sports frill trim and full-length accordion pleated bishop cape-like sleeves. (This top is also available in black.) $1,765.

Balenciaga pleated crepe blouse.
(Balenciaga / Bergdorf Goodman)

Stella McCartney


Stella McCartney’s two-piece Melody skirt and Viviana top are made with Lurex gold fabric with triple layers on skirt and a cross-tie halter at the neck and ruffled detail at the hip. $2,035 for the Melody skirt and $1,545 for the Viviana top.

Stella McCartney two-piece Melody skirt and Viviana top.
(Stella McCartney)


MSGM’s fresh diamond-designed blue-and-white-print, jewel-necked sleeveless top with separate fully accordion-pleated midi-length skirt. The top has a delicate mini-tie in the back. Top, $425; skirt, $700.


MSGM top with separate accordion-pleated midi-length skirt.
(MSGM / Nordstrom)


Fendi’s sumptuous poppy-red-and-milk-white-checked plissé silk crepe de chine midi-dress showcases a wide open back with cascading halter-neck ties. $3,450.

Fendi tie-back plissé silk crepe de chine midi dress.
(Fendi / Net-a-Porter)

Phillip Lim

A swirling alabaster sunburst twill trapeze accordion-pleated dress by 3.1 Phillip Lim with black contrast straps that loop through rings before falling into long back tiebacks. $950.

3.1 Phillip Lim pleated open-back maxi dress.
(Phillip Lim / Saks Fifth Avenue)

Public School


With white faux suspenders appliquéd over a gray rib-knit crewneck T-shirt bodice, Public School’s Aislyn short-sleeve dress has a lower skirt of white and navy crepe accordion pleats. $675.

Public School Aislyn short-sleeve dress.
(Public School / Barneys)




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