Trend Tuesday- Stylist Tips to Wear a Pleated Skirt Like Emmy Rossum, her midi is by Sonia Rykiel

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Work it like Gina Lollabrigida on Rome’s via Vento, back in the 50s!

What is not to love about this capricious and classic look; particularly when the pleats are sexy and do not evoke Marion the Librarian.

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Flirty, romantic and ultra-feminine, pleated a-line knee-length skirts are guaranteed to elicit an ode to old-school starlet style glamour, but that’s not exactly what this season’s top Spring 2012 is about, per se.

Take a look at actress Emmy Rossum’s play on the trend in a bordeaux Sonia Rykiel skirt while out and about on the streets channeling an easy grace in a modern, streetstyle friendly outfit to boot.

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Take note on these tips to wear pleats in style:

  • If you have a bit of a belly, opt for pleats that start below your hipbone to create the illusion of a flatter stomach
  • There’s a natural breeziness to a full-pleated skirt (think Marilyn Monroe) so opt for knee-length styles that look alluring rather than vulgar when the wind hits
  • Add a bit of interest to your footwear, like Emmy’s lacing, to keep the look flirty

Besides the matchy bag (leave it at home girls!), Rossum made a smart move by pairing her skirt with lace-up ghillie ankle wrap  ballet inspired shoes and a tie-neck blouse that highlighted her skirts high-waist. Try the flat option, pictured right, for a more casual feel.

Here, her reality minded adds-on’s make for a do as they remain neutral enough to ground her trend piece with a more urbane ease while forgoing an overtly retro vibe. Take a cue from the star and pair your pleated skirts with luxe, grown-up classics that have an elegant appeal to them.— Naveed Hussain

Photo: Sonia Rykiel