Wearing Pleats with Curves

Back in my 20s I would shop for clothes without thinking about how they would fit me.

I would stroll into Express with my coupon (you know what I am talking about). Then I would zero in on an item that I had concluded was “cute”. It was only after I got home that I would figure out if it fit me. I ended up buying a lot of nonsense as a result.

Now, wiser (not gonna say older), I really think about what I am buying. I pause to consider if a piece will match other items in my closet and if it is flattering. This process usually ends up kicking pleats to the curb.

Then I realized that there are different types of pleats. And, that balancing out your silhouette can make pleats an option.

So that’s what we are Mixing Up in this post!

Who-What-Wear-Pleated-Skirt
The reason I stayed away from pleats was because of the volume it could add. Thick material and wide pleats looked lovely in the hanger. On me, it looked like an  Oompa-loompa. 

Cue some Micro-Pleats! This type of pleat is small and light weight. So, it doesn’t add as much volume to your frame.

Who-What-Wear-Pleated-SkirtThis micro-pleat skirt is from Target’s Who What Wear line. Love that it has a simple high contrast stripe print.

This skirt is flowy and fun. Makes me feel like I’m playing dress up.

 Who doesn’t like that. I am wearing a size 16.

I followed my usual combination rule of balancing less structured items with structured pieces. This denim jacket from Loft adds some structure to the outfit. I am wearing a size Large.

To keep the outfit casual and comfy, I added my Target Who What Wear tee. Love that it is a soft blush color to contrast with the black and white. I got on a Large.
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And, yes, I am rocking my favorite purse (again) also from Target Who What Wear. It just goes with so many outfits in my closet. I like how it repeats the pattern of the skirt.

For me, the more versatility a piece has the better. That’s something I consider when I’m purchasing an item.

Also, I like to research my post topics. That’s the school psychologist side of me. Here is a post here by Refinery29 on Micro-Pleats. It has some fun ideas.

Who-What-Wear-Pleated-SkirtStyle Breakdown: Target Who What Wear Tee Here | Target Who What Wear Skirt Here | Loft Denim Jacket Similar | JCrew Factory Necklace Here | 

… Because getting dressed (and living life) should feel good!


-Vivian 

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