Flounce Back

It’s the eternal question: What should I wear when jeans are too sloppy but a dress looks too fussy? Answer: Flouncy skirts! You see, flouncy skirts are always a good in-betweener. A safe bet. A solid choice. They’re not as formal as a dress, yet slip one on and suddenly you look put together. Similarly, they are way more polished than pants, yet casual enough for daytime. French actress Clémence Poésy even wore hers on the red carpet. The look is fresh and young and floaty.... Read More


We’d like to welcome you back from the weekend with our wham-bam-thank-you-PLEAT, Holiday Dressing Mini-Guide. We’re sure you already have enough items on the old “To Do” list, so we’ve spared you the added grief of figuring out what to wear. Now you only have to worry about the inevitable troika that is Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Thanksgiving: Err on the side of demure, but not dorky, when dealing with the family, especially if it’s someone else’s. Then... Read More

Suede Love

Here at ThePLEAT, we sometimes indulge in the “If I Won the Lotto” game, you know, “If I won the lotto, I would buy a red Ferrari and donate the rest to world hunger charities.” One PLEAT staffer swears that this skirt would be the first dent in her imaginary winnings. Can you blame her? This was definitely one of the standout pieces in Reed Krakoff’s first collection, which was already to die for. If you play the “If I Won the Lotto” game, or better yet, if you... Read More

Fashion Zen’s Top 5 Fall Picks

She’s young, thin, gorgeous and Dutch (always a plus in ThePLEAT’s book) but above all, ridiculously stylish. You want to hate her, or better yet be her. Just forget it. Both are impossible. Meet Iris Gravemaker, blogger of cult favorite, Fashion Zen. Unlike other style bloggers, this 27-year-old fashion student focuses not only on inspiration and runway reporting, but also showcases her own personal style throughout the week. We were so impressed with Iris’ playfully sophisticate... Read More

Leather Evolution

Originally considered the go-to garb for biker gangs, punk rockers and similar misfits, today’s leather is practically as user-friendly as cotton. Although leather motorcycle jackets are a familiar sight each fall, this season’s leather takes an unexpected turn as designers experiment with different styles and techniques as Diane von Furstenberg did with this romantic, cut-out empire dress. From cuff bracelets to quilted vests, perforations to pleats, luxe lamb to phony faux-leather... Read More

Yo, Angela!

Once a week in the mid-80’s, female viewers tuned in to gawk at a hunky male housekeeper on the popular sitcom Who’s The Boss? Decades later, it’s obvious that the real eye candy wasn’t Tony Micelli, but Angela Bower’s wardrobe. Looking back, Jonathan’s mom wasn’t only climbing the corporate ladder but also rising through the fashion ranks. With a power hungry wardrobe of slouchy suede boots, silky blouses and tailored pants fit for Boss-ing around the boardroom... Read More