Four ways to embrace the fabric you need to know about
Words: Scott Dodds | Photography: The Seppis | Styling: Robin-Jade Carolus and Chicara Bruseke
You’ve seen it on the runway, albeit in the form of dazzlingly complex showpieces, and you’ve seen it on the influencers outside global fashion weeks, when they can stop tweeting for long enough to pose for a street style shot – plissé has made quite a splash in the industry this past year.
Incorporating it into your daily outfit styling, however, can seem like a daunting prospect. Which style suits me? What else can I wear it with? For those feeling a little in the dark, plissé is a light fabric, chemically treated to maintain a crinkled appearance and to add texture. While previously reserved for the hideous curtains and bedspreads that haunted most of our childhoods, it’s seen a resurgence as a versatile fashion tool, as well as organically generating new trends with previously neglected silhouettes and styles.
Luckily for you, it’s super easy to style and incredibly versatile. We’ve put together a few ideas to help you get to grips with your new life in plissé!
Culottes or trousers
Perhaps the most straightforward design, but for good reason, trousers are an all-purpose style and the must-have plissé piece. When there’s a chill in the air, wear black culottes with an autumnal-toned rust button-up shirt, or more a metallic finish with a black cami top and an accompanying bomber jacket for winter. If you’re all about that comfy life, an oversized knit can complete the ensemble just as well. Whether you opt for flared cuffs or not is just a matter of silhouette preference.
These work as a layering item for cold-weather days, and just as well as a singular statement piece for a special occasion. Style a signature ankle-length slip dress over a white polo neck or a bodysuit for a more sleek silhouette, and add some Chelsea boots, for when you know you’re going to spend some time outdoors. A traditional midi or mini dress, paired with some eye-catching heels, makes for a contemporary option in your wardrobe for any occasion which needs just that little bit extra.
Camis and tops
The easiest to style of plissé pieces, these are ideal as puzzle pieces for a complex outfit. If you choose to go for a cami, opt for champagnes or silvers, and contrast them with black jeans or trousers. When it’s the middle of winter, layer up a black polo neck and a leather jacket. A more conventional o-neck top with a high-low silhouette is best paired with jeans and sneakers – comfort is the new black.
This is for when you’ve reached peak plissé: you’ve fully embraced your new favourite fabric, and a new world of feeling comfortable while looking good is a reality. An all-black ensemble can be completed with white socks and sneakers for a confident athluxe look. A little word of warning though – you’ll never want to wear anything else again.