1 item, 3 ways: How to wear a pleated summer dress

This spring, bright, fresh colors and pleated everything are big trends. A classic, button-down pleated dress should be a staple in every closet as it is perennially stylish and easy to wear year-round. I'm a huge fan of this vibrant emerald Propaganda Yumi dress from Vancouver label, PLEN+Y and it's easy to see why:

How to wear this pleated summer dress

Made of a polyester and silk/chiffon blend, this dress gives you that wonderfully fluttery feeling that you want in spring, while still providing the ease of wash-and-go polyester.

So what are some ways you can incorporate this lovely dress into your life?

Look #1: Office ready

How to wear a pleated summer dress: office appropriate colors
Coach Bleecker Zippy wallet, $108 / Nine West Docile flats, $120 / PLEN+Y Monk & Lou Rory cocoon blazer, $209 / Olive + Piper Lilac Dome earrings, $8

Office wear doesn't have to be boring! Bring a little color into work with this fresh combo of green, cornflower yellow and lilac. Ground these springy colors with a basic black blazer and chic, but conservative flats.

Look #2: School ready

How to wear a pleated summer dress: quirky and whimsical touches for school
PLEN+Y Monk & Lou Armor cropped pullover, $69 / ModCloth Only a Pastry pin, $11.99 / Olivia Burton Mink Hummingbird watch, $151.88 / Steve Madden Nonstp bootie, $115.54 / Herschel Supply Co. City backpack, $49.99

This dress also works seamlessly for the classroom too! Layering things over the top or bottom of a dress instantly doubles its versatility. Cropped sweaters make for perfect layering pieces over dresses and this comfy Monk & Lou sweater is a prime example. Pair with equally whimsical and earthy touches to create a sweet, brainy-girl-got-style look.

Look #3: Bar ready

How to wear a pleated summer dress: black and leather take this dress to night
Danier Georgia lamb leather jacket, $299 / Zara leather bucket bag, $129 / Zara leather wide heel sandal, $59.90

This look is simple. Take this dress to your favourite concert bar or pub by adding black everything. Finish the look off with sexy, piecy waves, smokey eye-shadow and red lips (MAC Ruby Woo is a great choice!)

What do you think of these 3 looks?

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