Beyonc and Alexa Chung have put a new spin on it, Gucci brought it to the catwalk, and Strictly added sparkles to take it up a notch. Do you need any more reasons to bring the pleated skirt to the top of your spring wardrobe wish list?
Take note, iron-averse style watchers: pleated skirts are the only ones that pass fashion muster right now theyre everywhere from the catwalk to the red carpet to your iPlayer catch-up session. Like denim hair, big logos or contouring, pleats popularity is partly down to the fact that theyre really photogenic. They might not be desk-job-friendly (those wrinkles from sitting down do tend to spoil a pleats line) but when snapped moving as on a Vogue editor on the way to a fashion show or wafting through a waltz, they have a pleasing three-dimensional quality that an A-line mini or pencil skirt just cant claim. In this brave new world of skirts, the pleat semantics are a minefield. Heres our guide to six pleats and what they mean in 2016.
The knife pleat
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