Trend: Pussy Bow Blouses

Update your look this fall with the quintessential must have blouse. The pussy bow blouse is back with a vengeance, from high to low this puss is on every catwalk and in the corner boutique. Be it a printed silk, a soft chiffon or a solid basic, a tie at the neckline is top notch with a wide-leg slack or a skinny leg jean. If the bow detail seems too feminine for your taste, then go with the denim shirt version to give the look a little more edge. Don’t be a pussy, put... Read More

Cuddly Cozy Jumpers

If you’re anywhere near the blizzard that has engulfed Manhattan and the rest of the northeast, than these cozy jumpers will be your best bet for survival. And if for no other reason than to embrace a distended stomach due to the holiday binge, then these extra layers will be the perfect disguise! Regardless of function, take a quick peak at our shawled, bobbled and caped sweaters. Trust us, we all could use at least one (or two) more this chilly season. 1. Topshop “Handknit... 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

All That Glitters

If you’re the kind of gal that bucks the trends, or just considers herself a maximalist, this Balmain tee is for you. No-holds-barred, this liquid-gold, sequined top is the perfect antidote to the easy, simple sportswear currently abounding. Wear it with jeans for a “Roccoco and Roll” look, or pair it with a flouncy black skirt for a more lady-like, Frenchie appeal. Balmain sequined tee, $2400.00,  Read More

Designer Exclusives

Exclusive. Exclusivity. Exclusiveness. Being New Yorkers, we PLEATers have a love/hate relationship with the concept of exclusivity. Unmarked doors, unlisted phone numbers, velvet ropes, and closed guest lists are about as rare as a cabbie telling you his meter is broken. In fact, it’s probably easier (and less likely to cause bodily injury!) to sneak into the mayor’s office than past the scary clipboard “hostess” at Le Bain. And being in fashion, god forbid you... Read More

HSN and Reem Acra Team Up

No need to peel off your pajamas and head down to Neiman Marcus for a Reem Acra fix when you can get a piece of the charming Lebanese-born designer simply by logging on or tuning in (and at a fraction of the cost!). Acra, who got her start thirteen years ago designing bridal gowns, recently launched her first collection on HSN/ Named Reem, the collaboration includes tunics, dresses and jackets made of exquisite fabrics and unique jewelry embellishments. Prices range... Read More

Nostalgia: Esprit

Yeah, I know I probably shouldn’t be dating myself in our age-ist modern world, but I need to set the scene. Picture this: It’s 1988.  I’m fat.  I’m 10.  I’m permed.  My mom has forced me to start wearing – argh!- a training bra! Yes, all the right credentials to be considered a total dork in my snobby New England town. However, I did have one measure of comfort protecting me from the cruel world that is 4th grade: My mom started letting me shop at Esprit.... Read More