Saturday, July 15, 2006


Catherine Malandrino, Bottega Veneta, Proenza Schouler

I love Fall's pleated dresses! There is a fine line between Grecian Goddess and Grandma for pleats. Sometimes too much ruching can make you look like you've got a protruding tummy or a huge butt, even if you don't have one. So look for flattering pleats - the more the number of pleats, the smaller they should be. And if there is ruching, it should only be at flattering areas. (not at the tummy/butt!)

It shouldn't be difficult to find a pretty pleated dress today. Many vintage pieces have pleats. Here's a few vintage finds of ebay:

This Burgundy Grecian Goddess Dress has a lovely colour and nice neat and small pleats.

You've gotta love this Pleated Trapeze Dress. It's so cute and feminine. It could be worn as a dress over a slipdress or can be worn as a top, with a nice black cami beneath, great for relaxing on a hot afternoon. Bids start at US$9.90 only! (I would really really buy this if I could!)

And this is not from ebay, but rather shopbop. This Pleated Cami Dress from Rebecca Taylor is also very pretty for summer. I could see myself wearing this with a black tuxedo-esque vest and a pair of black wedges and a long gold necklace :)

I'm so in love with pleats!