A pleat is a type of fold formed by fabrics back upon itself and securing it in a place. It is commonly used in clothing and upholstery to gather a wide piece of fabrics into a narrowest circumference.
Pleats are used on pants and skirts for added effect. They’re more common skirts that’ll be showcased below to illustrate the types of pleats in vogue.
When shopping for skirts or pant as the case may be, you’ll see references to different pleats.
Below are different pleat names and their meanings to guide you on what to look for.
Accordion Pleat: These are form of type of pleating that allows the garment to expand its shape while moving.
This style of shirt was given its name due to the resemblance it shares with the bellows of an accordion.
Accordion pleated skirts are both slimming and full, for a balanced and feminine appearance. They form fit well on most body types and frames, coming in various lengths, fabrics, and cuts, making them a go-to skirt style.
Box and double box pleat: These are naive pleat back to back and have the tendency to spring out from the waistline. They have the same 3:1 ratio of pleats and may also be stacked to form a stack box pleat.
A box pleat is a pleat with two parallel creases facing opposite directions and forming a raised section in between.
Box pleats are made by folding a piece of fabric back over onto itself repeatedly in order to create a series of pleats.
Cartridge pleat: These are used to gather a large amount of fabrics into a small waistband or arm side without without adding bog to the scene.
Fluted pleat: These are very small rounded or pressed pleat used as trimmings, the name comes from their resemblance to a palm flute.
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