Typical textures have taken a backseat this season. Cotton tees and tanks are being replaced by drafty blouses and silky shirts while the typical chinos and jean shorts are stepping aside for cuffed trousers and breezy harem pants. This week’s Fashionista, however, dawns another texture trend: pleats.

 This week’s Fashionista spins this ballerina-inspired dress on its head by combining the feminine piece with gutsy accessories. Chiffon pleats and an airy fabric provide this look with a fluttering silhouette, making this dress the perfect option for summer’s stickiest days. Contrasted against sleek black stockings and edgy lace-ups, this Fashionista’s frock strikes a balance between feminine frills and daring darks. The rusty orange hue and conservative cut of this Fashionista’s dress makes the piece a must-have for all seasons and occasions.

This season, try looking for pleated pieces in lighter fabrics to provide structure to an ensemble without feeling stifled by heavy textiles. Pair a pleated skirt or dress with patterned ballet flats or oxfords for a transition-friendly look, or pair pleated trousers with a loosely cut blouse to contrast a strong silhouette.

To pick out pleats as posh as this Fashionista’s, check out American Apparel and ASOS.

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