Pleats are a big fashion trend this year. That is why I decided to wear a pleated dress to Chi Fashion Week. No, I'm not talking about those school girl pleats...trust me I've worn my share of them (from elementary through high school). I tried to fancy them up even as a young girl, but nothing seem to work out. I'm talking about micro-pleats, accordion pleats, box pleats, and knife pleats that give a wonderful flow of femininity. Pleats add texture to dresses, skirts, and pants to give any outfit a level of "chic" ness.