Our Tartan Invaded Trends blog post series aims to bring Tartan to the forefront of fashion, illustrating how subtly including hints of tartan in your outfit can be as on trend as the latest fashion trends themselves! In this blog post we check out the Autumn must have, the pleated skirt.Pleats are all over the catwalk this Autumn and although we see them return time after time this year the key to this look is the fabric. Leather, flirty light polyester, metallics for a bit of shimmer and of course wool wonderful wool.
There's something so seasonally right about pleated skirts for the autumn/winter season - they're so very back-to-schoolsay Vogue UK. The length is up to you and we are seeing lots of maxi and mini versions with everything in between. The skirt is the statement and instead of dark colours this season is all about bold prints and colours. Pleating, correctly termed "Plisse" is an antique technique to alter the shape of the fabric, where folds are created in order to create symmetrical stripes; a geometrical pattern, that turns a bi-dimensional surface into a tri-dimensional decoration. The Egyptians were the first to pleat their garments and due to the time taken to create the pleats this style became a symbol of wealth and power. Pleating a natural fabric such as silk, cotton or wool isn't easy and only since the invention of machines and synthetic fabrics have pleats moved from a luxury to something we can all wear. Natural fabrics tend to revert to their original shape when exposed to warmth or humidity unlike synthetic textiles. The Greeks used to pleat their linen tunics and pin them on the shoulders, securing them at the waist with a belt. Every time they washed their tunic the pleats would come out and the lengthy pleating process had to begin all over again. Couture garments are still often hand pleated and we can of course hand pleat your kilt but it does mean it takes several days to make and the price is double that of those finished by machine.