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-school
say 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. Pleated Mini SkirtPleating, 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.

Pleat styles uncovered

Pleat types Types of pleating Thanks to International Pleating in NYC for the fab sketches! There are lots of pleating styles and some clever designers combine several methods into one garment, however you rarely see this in mass produced items as it is complicated and time consuming. The basic types of pleats are the side pleat (also known as a knife pleat), box pleat and less common in clothing the accordion pleat. Box pleats have a bulkier look as they are usually made on a 3 to 1 ratio. Side or knife pleats all point in the same direction and are pressed giving a smoother finish. However the look of pleats can be changed dramatically by the way they are stitched, the size of the pleat and the type of fabric used. [caption id="attachment_4641" align="alignleft" width="800"]Pleat trends 2015 From left to right Balmain, Dior, Guy Laroche, Loewe, Kenzo, Suno, Marco de Vincenzo, Marc by Marc Jacobs all hot off the catwalk and a clear indicator that you need some pleats in your wardrobe this Autumn.[/caption]

Your style?

So are you going to dare to add some pleats to your winter wardrobe or do you already have a vast array collected over the years? The joy of the pleated skirt is that is doesn't really ever go out of fashion, particularly if you are prepared to take the hem up and down a bit. Sky Ferreira fell so in love with our pleated mini during this shoot for Elle magazine she had to take it home with her. Skye Ferreira Tartan Kilt Quality pleating is of course the key to a gorgeous skirt or kilt and ours are still made using traditional methods to guarantee this. We don't mass produce as we make everything one by one to your measurements in your own tartan. It doesn't get much better than that does it!