Trend Snap: Carwash Pleats

Take a cue from Raf Simons and get into the best fall trend with the least appealing title: Carwash pleats. Though it is not hard to see how the swingy strips of fabric got their name, in classic silhouettes the effect is as far away from industrial suds as can be.

I first wore carwash pleats last month for the People Stylewatch September Issue party, held on the High Line.  The theme of the soiree was “Find Your Tribe,” and the hostess had no trouble correctly identifying me as a Minimalist for the evening.  My City Chic dress (via Gwynnie Bee) had clean lines, a relaxed cut, and major drama via the high side split pleats.



Aside from my GB dress, there aren’t many other carwash pleat options in plus right now – although “plus trend lag” is much less pronounced than it used to be, there are still some styles that take time to catch up.  So I was so happy to see carwash pleats on a classic fitted pencil skirt from Eloquii.  This is a subtle way to incorporate one of AW15’s runway favorites into your wardrobe.

Carwash PleatsWhat do you think of this trend?  Will you give carwash pleats a shot for fall?

Outfit details:

Pleat side dress: City Chic (only available via Gwynnie Bee)

Holographic clutch: Miista (old; similar here)

Monochrome wedges: United Nude

Gunmetal collar: H&M (old)