WIDE-LEGGED PANTS, oversized men’s shirts, billowy blouses and stacked heels are the key trends we’ve seen coming down runways for fall 2016 and more recently for spring 2017. Skinny jeans and pencil skirts, take a step away, at least for the time being. Fashion designers are declaring that roomy silhouettes are now officially in vogue. Which is good news for those of us who think that good style and comfortable clothing shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. I’m thinking this is the season to embrace the flowy movement and grace of wearing a pleated skirt. And, make mine midi, please. Put off by pleats? Think elasticized waist bands and oversize pullovers as toppers.
Gucci fashion darling Alessandro Michele has made his name making old-school and nerdy look cool and new. In his fall 2016 and spring 2017 runways, he favored old-fashioned pleated skirts in graphic prints. Stella McCartney put a metallic spin on her pleated skirts and dresses, while Miuccia Prada softened the folds in a utilitarian gabardine skirt.