As we get all maxi-ed out this summer, I’m keen on keeping my closet packed with pleats, particularly accordion pleats. A step up from the lazy summer day maxi, the accordion pleat maxi has the casual, boho feel of any long skirt or dress, but with just a touch of crispness and structure. In fact, it’s so fresh that it can be worn in a full on gown, or grunged-up with a black top and some rocking shoes. If neither of these looks is for you, toss on a simple top and tie it up or tuck it in. Let the pleats do the talking.

Our Evanston store whipped up this pleated pretty maxi dress for the showing…but there’s more where that came from! It reminds me of yummy ice cream. All it needs are some vanilla-colored platforms and a saddle bag. Delicious.

Girls from Savoy Tiered Dress, size 10, $38.50 at Evanston Crossroads

And our College store wanted to show you this darling summer dress with accordion pleat pieces. Swoon.

H&M, size 4, $14 at Crossroads on College

Images via Because I’m addicted, That’s Chic, Late Afternoon, Mr. Newton, the Sartorialist, Thrifted, tumblr.

About Sarah

I'm a recycled fashion enthusiast, as well as the official Crossroads Trading blogger. I have a penchant for cameras, pumpkin flavored-anything, midi skirts, throwback TV shows, music festivals, and beaches.


  1. Gorgeous!!!!

  2. Perfect Pleated White skirt! I have the same one and adore the movement and airy comfort for summer!


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