Fashion Trends

Car Wash Skirts- Rock Fall 2015’s New Trend With These Tips


Although box pleats, knife pleats and accordion pleats have all made their mark on the runways in the past, it looks like the edgy, dangling look of car wash pleats is set to rule the sidewalks for Fall 2015. With designers showcasing skirts with bold panels and daring cut-out strips of fabric, the car wash pleat aims to clean up your autumn wardrobe. You may be a downtown-loving city slicker who doesn’t drive, but this fall, prepare to cruise through the car wash with this bold new trend. Here’s how to incorporate the funky pleats into your wardrobe now.


The look of multiple, broad strips adds texture and dimension to a simple frock for the weekend. To downplay the statement hem, look for a high neckline, classic sleeveless silhouette and waist-cinching outline. Contrast your car wash pleats with opaque tights as the weather cools in the weeks ahead, and add a pair of neutral T-strap pumps to bring your car wash style to the next level of sophistication.

Work Wear

You may think that the exposed skin and playful pleats of the car wash trend are strictly for late nights and fuss-free weekends, but a car wash skirt with modest pleats can be easily adapted into a work wardrobe staple. Try a high-waisted grey skirt with a longer hemline and shorter pleats to minimize the car wash effect, and pair your statement piece with a classic Oxford blouse for the office.


Once the clock hits five on Friday and it’s time to party, the car wash trend emerges in full force. For a seductive evening look, illusion necklines and dainty black lace can complement a fitted black car wash skirt. Look for thinner panels to expose a hint more leg than you would during the day, and complete your flirty ensemble with matching black ballet flats for a chic yet understated finish.


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