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Double Down On Pleats With These Breezy Dresses

There’s just something about pleated dresses that we can’t help but adore. Perhaps it’s the way the pleats dance softly in the breeze, or that the cinched waist and billowing silhouette is incredibly flattering to the figure.

Whatever it is, it is reason enough to always have a pleated dress stashed in your wardrobe — especially for days when you need to grab and go. It is a staple that is so versatile you can wear it from morning to night — just throw on a blazer or vest while at work for a boyish contrast, or lop on a denim jacket over it during the weekend.

Here, we’ve rounded 9 pleated dresses that are pretty, yet so fuss-free.

Jason Wu layered pleated dress georgette dress, US$505.09 (S$683.59) from Net-a-Porter
Jason Wu counts Michelle Obama and Kate Bosworth as fans of his creations, and it’s easy to see why. This soft lilac number exudes a relaxed and feminine air, while still making sure its wearer looks put-together. Featuring a chest overlay atop a knife-pleated skirt, wear with silver jewellery and pumps for work to look sharp and chic. Jil Sander pleated georgette maxi dress, US$661.78 (S$895.65) from Net-a-Porter
Black might be the easiest and most foolproof colour to get decked in, but sometimes, branching out pays off. Try navy blue if you don’t want to be too adventurous, like this sleek Jil Sander creation. We love that it is long in length but sleeveless, with a gathered skirt that flows from its bodice which is great for hiding a food baby. Throw on block heels and you’re good to go. Khaite Denise pleated cotton-poplin mini dress, US$704.37 (S$953.29) from Net-a-Porter
We love the little black dress as much as the next girl, but a little white dress can really change things up, instantly making you look polished. This mini dress from Khaite gives the LWD an upgrade with sophisticated balloon blouson sleeves. Go with a drop pendant to bring emphasis to your decolletage and pair with kitten heels. Mary Katrantzou Airmail pleated printed crepe dress, US$1,514.25 (S$2,049.39) from Net-a-Porter
This playful dress will make anybody do a double take. Part of Mary Katrantzou’s whimsical S/S ’19 collection that takes inspiration from collectible items around us, this pleated piece features stamps at the skirt portion, which you would not notice immediately thanks to the cohesive colour scheme. Let this dress shine and go simple with stacked rings, nude sandals and a leather clutch. Missoni pleated dress, US$2,790 (S$3,775.99)
This Missoni dress features a flattering crossover neckline and elasticated waist, and is in a neutral marble green shade that is complementary for both warm and cool skin-toned people. Wear with a delicate necklace and slip on a comfy pair of loafers for a smart yet relaxed for casual Fridays. MSGM pleated printed crepe mini dress, US$688.47 (S$931.78) from Net-a-Porter
This vibrant shift dress exemplifies the MSGM penchant for colourful prints and a sporty yet feminine aesthetic. Put your hair in a messy bun, add hoop earrings and finish with a pair of white sneakers to attend a weekend brunch. Zara contrast pleated dress, S$89.90
We especially love how the piece highlights your back and chest, without being too over-the-top. Style it with gorgeous stud earrings and match with a pair of nude pumps for work, but make sure you throw a shawl around you just to be safe. Lulus Westwind white lace pleated dress, US$69 (S$93.38)
Taupe crocheted floral lace trimmings are used to break up the monotony of this simple white pleated dress while lending an air of quiet elegance. Brilliant move, plus it helps create a waist-cinching illusion to cheat an hourglass shape. Match with nude pumps or white mules and slip on some gold bangles. Topshop monochrome pleated midi slip dress, S$116
The pleated detail of this abstract print dress gives a unique twist to the look, not to mention a hint of sensuality, thanks to its slightly translucent fabric. Give this girly piece a masculine edge by contrasting its feminine shape with military lace-up boots or spiked leather loafers.