Fashion Pleats By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on February 27, 2012 @ 03:30PM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Time Inc Digital Studio Pleats 01 of 07 WHY WE LOVE IT MCV Photo Whether they have knife, accordion, or superfine crystal pleats, these precisely folded tops, bottoms, and dresses take on a sophistication that goes beyond the pleats on private-school uniforms. Such feminine detailing, with just a trace of metallics and shine, generates sexiness that has a hint of reserve. Plus, they look amazing on—or off—the dance floor. How to Wear ItWhen worked in lightweight fabrics, pleats add volume without bulk, so figure issues are minimized. Since the focus is on movement (especially in skirts), pair with loose separates and keep hair easy. Strappy platforms give off a cool, less girlish vibe. And yes, ironing will be murder, so factor in dry cleaning. Photos: (left to right) Akris, Rodarte, Chloe, Calvin Klein 02 of 07 Isabel Lu Shorts Time Inc Digital Studio Polyester chiffon, $140; 985-774-1559. 03 of 07 Club Monaco Shirt Time Inc Digital Studio Silk georgette, $130; 212-459-9863. 04 of 07 Elie Tahari Skirt Time Inc Digital Studio Silk, $398; at Elie Tahari. 05 of 07 Hermès Scarf Time Inc Digital Studio Silk twill, $435; at Hermès. 06 of 07 Corey Lynn Calter Skirt Time Inc Digital Studio Polyester, $123; 212-206-0036. 07 of 07 Calvin Klein Maxidress Time Inc Digital Studio Polyester, $148; at Macy's.