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This lovely dress combines two popular spring trends: serenity blue and knife pleats. It seemed like the perfect look for Easter Sunday.

spring trends serenity blue & knife pleats

I fell in love with this dress on a recent trip to Singapore. They were running a huge 80% off sale, so I knew it had to be mine!

If you have followed me for any period of time, then you’ll know that the color of this dress falls well outside my normal color palette. I am typically drawn to sharp monochromatic contrasts or vivid colors, but it’s still good to shake things up every now and then. I also wanted to give a nod to serenity blue as this season’s “it” color.

spring trends serenity blue & knife pleats

It was the dress’ fabulous details that grabbed my attention. The construction of this dress utilizes some intriguing pleated details at the hem and neckline. Knife pleats are also a popular trend for Spring. The asymmetrical hemline adds further visual interest.

At first, I debated whether the length of the skirt was too short as I typically choose styles that hit the top of the knee, but I finally decided that the longer pleated section provided a workable compromise. I just crossed my legs right over left πŸ˜‰

spring trends serenity blue & knife pleats

This dress just called for ultra-feminine accessories, which always make me smile.

spring trends serenity blue & knife pleats

Tip For Wearing Knife Pleats

Knife pleats give architectural detail to any outfit, but you may want to consider a garment’s construction when wearing them. Because of the folded aspect, pleats can immediately add volume. So, be careful about excessive pleating; especially around the hip area.

I like how ASOS styled this pleated midi skirt. Pairing the skirt with a jacket draws the eye away from the hip area. Also, the light material of this skirts keeps it from becoming too bulky.

What about it…do you see any pleats in your future?

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  1. Alecz says:

    What a beautiful dress! I love the asymmetrical pleating

  2. Dawn Lucy says:

    Looking chic and I love your hair up!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!

    Dawn Lucy

  3. Nina says:

    Hi Shellie – I love the pleats and the asymmetrical details of this dress. I noticed that the serenity blue is one of the “in” colors this season, so even though I’m not very fashion forward ;o) since I sew and refashion garments for my Etsy shop, I always kind of keep an eye out for what’s going on out there in the world. Thanks for sharing these ideas and inspiration! Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Asymmetrical hemlines are always fun. Thanks for stopping by Nina.

  4. Julie says:

    I’ve always stayed away from pleats as they can do scary things to the hips! I love this little bit of pleat detail though, what a great find.

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Thanks Julie, these pleats were in just the right place not to add any bulk.

  5. Great dress! The color looks great on you, and I just love the pleated details – so unique!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Thanks Andrea, it’s nice to wear something out of the norm every now and then.

  6. What a gorgeous dress!!! I quite like pleats. I have a few blouses with pin tuck pleats and find that they add an interesting detail to my overall outfits.

  7. Sheela Goh says:

    That’s a lovely dress, Shellie, and while I’ve personally never been a fan of knife pleats, that doesn’t stop me from admiring ladies who wear it with absolute panache, such as yourself πŸ™‚ Singapore was my surrogate home, incidentally, I lived there for a solid 15 years πŸ™‚

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hi Sheela, Singapore was a lovely city. I am guessing it would be a great place to live….so glad you liked the dress!

  8. Rosemond says:

    I love the details on this dress! It is very fresh for Spring and the ladylike jewelry you chose are perfect!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Thanks Rosemond, it’s nice to really dress up every now and then.

  9. jodie says:

    Now that’s a wonderful way to wear pleats without looking 5 sizes bigger!! What a great dress!
    It is interesting that it’s blue in color….on my computer monitor, i would have said tan or gold! And I’m with you…I love color, but it’s nice to change it up sometimes!!
    IMO it definitely is not too short—your legs are great and you have the asymmetry going on! jodie

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      That dress definitely had the details going on! It is nice to step out of your normal style vibe every now and then.

  10. Patti says:

    Beautiful dress, Shellie, and you wear the cool blue so well. Thanks for sharing with vis Monday! xo


  11. Shellie, you look fabulous in this dress! The details of the dress are beautiful! I like your advice about watching the pleating around the hip area…definitely something for me to be aware of for future shopping. Hope you enjoyed your Easter day and have a great week ahead!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      We had a great Easter, Debbie. I’m so glad the tip was helpful.

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