For The Love Of Pleats…. How to style a cover-up


So I was watching the documentary of “Dior and I” the other day on Netflix, which is about the designer Raf Simon’s creative work for Christian Dior. The film is mainly based on Raf Simons debut season at Dior in 2012, it shows the process it takes to create a look and collection that seems so effortless. It also highlights the painstaking detail and meticulous structure that can make a gown float ethereally down the catwalk.

I throughly enjoyed the documentary and have a new found level of respect for the seamsters that work tirelessly on a couture garment day and night to finish it, and the end result is just remarkable and breathtaking. I understood the pressure and the amount of stress that Raf Simons was under to produce this debut collection. You will also hopefully understand why couture pieces costs so much once you see the number of hours and people it takes to get one piece of garment ready. If you get a chance you should watch it, I highly recommend it!

Following on from this I came a cross a clip by Refinery29 on YouTube showing the process Dior goes through to create the pleats on dresses and skirts. It was very interesting and educational to learn how they create the pleats and the process the garments go through to get the end result. I have personally never given it a second thought before on how the pleats on a garment were made. I just assumed that they were just like that to begin with. How wrong was I……

I am very keen to learn about the different stages and processes a piece of garment goes through from start to finish. I find it throughly educational and makes me appreciate Haute Couture even more and in a different light. It truly makes you understand and appreciate the artistry, once you have seen the endless hours of intricate work and detail that goes into producing a piece of garment.

I have a few garments in my wardrobe which have pleats on them and whilst we were on our holiday I decided to wear this white cover-up from Ted Baker. It has a gorgeous pleated bottom half with thigh high slits on either side. The top is in a crisscross with some jewelled detailing around the neck area. A stunning piece in my opinion and one I would recommend for your next getaway. Ideally you could wear it to a pool party, say in Las Vegas or in St Tropez. This is sure to make sun seeking undeniably stylish in my opinion. I decided to style mine over my black All Saints monokini and found that the two pieces worked really well together.


For the details I thought I would inject another colour to the black and white ensemble. On this occasion I went for red as I was wearing a red lipstick and thought the three colours worked really well together. I went for my Karen Millen sandals with straps and diamante details on the buckle. I teamed that up with my Karen Millen clutch bag and finally to finish the whole look I wore my Le Specs mirrored sunglasses in the LTD Edition Prince.

Thank you for reading my fashion post, please do leave a comment below!


Cover-Up: Ted Baker find similar (@True Decadence)

Shoes: Karen Millen find similar (@Dune) (@Asos) (@Luisaviaroma)

Clutch: Karen Millen find similar (Dune @House of Fraser) (@Asos) (@Net-A-Porter)

Swimsuit: All Saints find similar (@Asos) (@Net-A-Porter)

Sunglasses: Le Specs



  1. August 20, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Sexy is attitude. Sexy is to show the right amount of skin! You definitely rock this stunning dress. Love how you style it with the black monokini to add the right does of edgy. Thanks for the education on the making of a designer piece. always enjoy reading your blog Lovely!

    • Lovely
      August 21, 2017 / 12:07 pm

      So sweet and kind of you Ting, always good to hear from you! xoxo

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