Dan Ahwa is fashion editor for Viva and Canvas magazines.

Fashion: Pleasing pleats

The classic pleated skirt gets a modern makeover this season.
Photo / Guy Coombes
Photo / Guy Coombes

Accordion pleats provide freedom and mobility, particularly on mid-length, full-shaped skirts as they expand when you move.

Thanks to designers such as Issey Miyake, the present-day idea of creating pleats has become easier, with his ground-breaking approach to pleating techniques seen in his Pleats Please collection of 1993.

Today, the pleated skirt is a great addition to a working wardrobe and works well for some added drama at after-five and formal events.

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Photo / Guy Coombes
Photo / Guy Coombes

Zambesi skirt $495. Gregory blouse $299. Sollis Kuba earrings, $199, from World. Mi Piaci ankle boots $300.

Walk this way

Photo / Guy Coombes
Photo / Guy Coombes

Kate Sylvester skirt $479. Eugenie frill neck top $235 and jumper $265. Mi Piaci suede boots $420.

Sloane set

Photo / Guy Coombes
Photo / Guy Coombes

State of Grace skirt $225. Eugenie frill-neck top $235. Levante tights, $20, from Smith & Caughey's. Witchery lace-up flats $159.90. Ruby velvet choker $29.

Pure and simple

Photo / Guy Coombes
Photo / Guy Coombes

Margiela leather pleated skirt, $627, from The Shelter. Kate Sylvester T-shirt $189. World double-breasted jacket $799. Mi Piaci flats $240.

Down to business

Photo / Guy Coombes
Photo / Guy Coombes

Gregory skirt $399. Eugenie shirt (POA). Mi Piaci boots $280.

Stockists

• Eugenie (09) 557 8608
• Gregory (09) 520 0466
• Kate Sylvester (09) 307 3282
Mi Piaci
Ruby
• Smith & Caughey's 0508 400 500
• State of Grace (09) 360 1100
• The Shelter (09) 376 6544
• Witchery (09) 523 1335
• World (09) 373 3034
Zambesi

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