The Look: Micro Pleats



If the thought of wearing huge, Mary Poppins style, pleats is laughable to you, take the pleat trend and give it a subtle makeover. Today I style my micro pleated Topshop top and give the oversized pleats option the cold shoulder...









 
 
Bag: DKNY (Get it here)
Shoes: Schutz (Similar here)
Sunglasses: Tory Burch (Get here)

Pleats scare me. Ok, not as much as Hunstman spiders do (I dare you to Google them), but the thought of adding huge bunches of frills and pleats is seriously daunting to me.

Having seen pleats rock the runway and having majorly drooled over Michael Lo Sordo's incredible pleated creations at Australian Fashion Week last year, I was determined to give this pretty and feminine trend a try.

The one problem? I live in a casual, tropical city, where walking down the street in a huuuge poof of pleats practically equates to having a light up moron sight on your head.

Enter this beautiful Topshop cold shoulder top! With a micro-pleated texture that is soft and quirky, I can rock this gorgeous trend in a more casual light. Unfortunately, the cobalt top is sold out, but there's a rather snazzy white one still available in Topshop here. **Bookmarks for future stress-induced shopping haul**

Although I may be keeping the theatrical over-sized pleats out of my wardrobe at the moment, give me a micro pleated texture or a pleated accent and I'll be a very happy chappy!

What do you think of pleats?

Rachel
xoxo


89 comments:

  1. that skirt is really beautiful
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  2. You look so chic! I wish I could look this put together in warm weather but I end up just looking like a sweaty little mess!

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  3. Cute skirt! And I love your shoes!!

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  4. I love your take on this trend, that top is gorgeous! And I love how you paired it with that skirt and those shoes! This whole outfit looks incredible! And I had to look up that spider. They are horribly scary!!
    ~Lili
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  5. In love with your top, your style is awesome <3
    kisses

    Francesca

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  6. LOVE the micro pleats! It's such a dainty take on a fun fabric! Great look babe!

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  7. Great outfit! I love your outfit and style! you look gorgeous :) Such a great outfit inspiration :)

    xx Jamie| With Love, Jamie

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  8. Love this outfit!!! Perfect location & you look gorgeous <3

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  9. What a Beautiful look babe! Love your skirt.
    Kisses, Raysa

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  10. So chic! Love your outfit!
    xx
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  11. Love this outfit!

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  12. I love to read your posts, Rachel! Everytime I see your pictures I want to travel to such beautiful places! ❤😍
    You look stunning as always, pretty! Your blue Shirt is so beautiful, love how you styled it with the jeans skirt.
    Have a wonderful day! ❤
    Much love,Pisa
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  13. Such a pretty outfit! Love your top so much!
    Xoxo,
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  14. Love the cutouts of your top! Great color too!

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  15. Chic !

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  16. Wow, what amazing pictures, I love your adorable top, thank you for sharing, you look gorgeous!!!

    xxx

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  17. I love your top! Such a lovely outfit!

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  18. I love your style, beautiful outfit :)

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  19. Great styling, I love your shoes!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
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  20. wow i love this fab look
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  21. Loving your shirt and the skirt. You looking stunning in the pictures. Great post. I recently bought a skirt like this and will be sharing it soon on my website too. Lovely and have a nice a day... :)

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  22. I love the button up skirt!

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  23. What an utterly gorgeous blue top, I can see why it's sold out!

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  24. Cool look, I love the button up skirt :)

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  25. That shirt is so cute, but I especially love that skirt!!

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  26. Pleats are awesome! I am loving the casual look you got going on! And the wedges are perfect <3

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  27. such a cute summer outfit!

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  28. You look amazing girl. Love this look so much! Stay fabulous!
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  29. The top is really beautiful, also your pictures.

    xo
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  30. Great look here dear. I remember having a skirt like this as a teenager, it's funny how classic pieces always come back around. Have a great week lovely. x
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  31. Absolutely stunning! Hope you can also check out my latest post. xx

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  32. Great outfit! The top is amazing love the color!
    I wish you an amazing day!
    XO Erica
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  33. love the shades of blue and that fabulous backdrop, in love witth the Topshop shirt, just perfect
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  34. I love your jean skirt! super cute look!

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  35. You shouldn't be scared... you rocked this look!! I don't really wear pleats... but you found a way to really pull them off, so maybe I can too! :o)


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  36. You look great, Rachel! I don't do pleats too, I am under the impression that it gives the illusion that whatever I am trying to make smaller looks bigger. I do adore this outfit on you though, the cut shoulder top, the retro a-line skirt, they are seriously perfection on you.

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  37. blue suits you! cute look!
    xoxo
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  38. Love this casual chic look! And oh what a gorgeous background. x

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  39. Very nice outfit, casual but chic! :)
    xxx
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  40. Love this pairing! Your outfit is gorgeous! <3

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  41. I love the off the shoulder trend so much and this colour truly suits you :) beautiful pictures x http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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  42. You look so beautiful with this outfit! Great! ;-)
    Kisses,
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  43. Great look! Loving the denim skirt and the hat!
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  44. You look beautiful as always! The denim skirt is very cute! I like the sandals a lot too. xoxo

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  45. Your skirt is so cute, I love it with the blue top
    xo
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  46. This skirt is so cute! I love the look!

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  47. Love this look! That consigned blue top is gorgeous on you! Dying over denim skirts right now too - love yours!
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  48. Very cute outfit! Love your skirt!

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  49. Love this! Stunning top! It looks amazing paired with the denim skirt

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  50. You look absolutely stunning and SO chic, plus you're making me crave sunshine so badly!! I love the colour of that top, such a nice shape too!

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  51. Love the cut out shoulders and the Blue color is amazing ;)
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  52. Now I want holidays ;)
    Love this lovely pictures of you and your perfect look!!

    Colorful Kisses
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  53. You are rocking this top, hun! Honestly, I adore the colour, and I love how you styled it with the rest of the outfit. :) <3 I can't believe the skirt is only ten dollars? That seems like a fab bargain, because honestly it is gorgeous and deffo more expensive looking than it actually is. <3 Living for those sunnies, also ! So jealous of the weather you have other there....!! :) <3

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  54. You look gorgeous in this color, girlie! I love these bright, vibrant colors on you! The style of the top is perfect for spring and so on trend with the cut out shoulders. I also love that skirt and those sandals are too cute! Great styling, beautiful, and I hope you're having a great week so far!

    XO,

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  55. You look great, the skirt is so cute and chick looking. The hat is awesome and goes perfect with your style. Have a lovely day Hun.

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  56. Rachel, the beautiful soul. Are you not famous yet?? How is this possible?? I have missed your blog terribly and my leave of absence was not something I could control but I am VERY happy to be back here on yours! I agree, pleats has NEVER been my thing either. But of course, like everything, you make them look cool. I especially love the top you paired with them.. ;)

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  57. Great look! :)

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  58. oh Rachel, I love the whole look, you look so gorgeous and stunning :) blue looks amazing on you and the off shoulder top just looks perfect <3 With a denim skirt you can never be wrong <3
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  59. Hahah Rachel this cold shoulder is flawless on you! I have yet to try this trend. Your outfit completely inspired me to give it a go! OMG all I read in that sentence was SPIDERS and cringed. No way in hell am I going to google them. I would love to visit Ausi, but I'm deadly scared of spiders and I heard Ausi has some of the biggest ones. The ones we have in BC is definitely nothing compared.

    Okay, enough about spiders and back to ur gorgeous outfit. I actually tried on a similar hat the other day in store and it seriously didn't look nearly as good as is does on you - I love hats, but unfortunately don't think I can pull them off...:(.

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  60. Love the cold shoulder style!

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  61. Usually pleated tops can be voluminous and unflattering, but the one you chose is modern and sleek. I really like it.
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  62. The tiny pleats are so pretty! What a cute look!

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  63. Love the micro pleats.

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  64. I honestly thought I was the only one that was scared of pleats. Girl I've always been scared of pleats. I've tried them so many times and they just never look right on me. But there was one time when they did. So maybe I need to try it again. Love your look.. but then again you always look amazing :).

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  65. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!
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  66. we have similar denim skirt! However, you wore it better! beautiful as always love!

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  67. I don't mind pleats that much. Love your summery outfit!

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  68. Love your summer outfit!
    Love your top, so perfect on you.

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  69. Love your summer outfit!
    Love your top, so perfect on you.

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  70. Love that skirt! pretty!

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  71. Your top looks absolutely amazing!! I love the color, the cold shoulder details and the pleats. You styled it to perfection with the denim skirt and the wedges and the hat. You are a stunner!
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  72. Won't be Googling Huntsman spiders (those suckers look sooooooo scary = reason why I am terrified to go to Australia) but yeah, I know how you feel, hon :)
    This look is so cute though, you are pulling it off perfectly. Pleats done right, I'd say ;)
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  73. Wow...wonderful look!!! Great photos! :) Greetings! :))

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  74. ahhhh ! memerising blue top n skirt ! you look super gorgeous :)

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  75. I'm so in love with this kind of buttoned skirt and this top is perfect with the trend.
    I love it.
    xx,
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  76. I absolutely love the micro cold shoulder top, this is right up my street! & the micro pleats are so wearable ❤️ :) YOU look stunning Rach <3.... Oh no you've planted the image of a huntsman spider in my brain now :s :( loool I'm terrified of them miraculously coming to the UK! .... Anything could happen... I've just scared myself lol!

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