Full Bust Finds: Crinkle Pleated Fabric

If “crinkle pleated fabric” brings to mind a shapeless jacket from Chico’s, bear with me. The other day a neighbor gave away some clothes, and I found this blazer in her pile.

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The neighbor is very slender, and the jacket looked small even though the tag said medium. The only way I could see it fitting was if the crinkle pleated fabric expanded over my chest. I brought it home to try, and my theory proved correct!

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There are no buttons and no darts, so I was concerned that my side profile would look voluminous around the waist, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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The front panels sometimes fall to either side of my chest when I’m not holding them closed. One solution is a brooch. In this case, I’m using an old earring. Perhaps a more secure pin wouldn’t pull as much, but if it did, I’d be inclined to add a decorative hook and eye just along the edge of each side panel.

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This is the first tailored jacket I’ve ever seen in crinkle pleated fabric, and unfortunately, this specific style is no longer available on the company’s website.  It’s worth taking a look at the other styles offered by the company, however, and to keep an open mind to crinkle pleated garments in the future. I know I will!

P.S. I’m thinking this Veeca Cap Sleeve Leafy Illusion Dress could be a nice wedding guest option. According to the company’s size chart, I should barely fit a size large, but the medium jacket is fine on me. This is especially good news for H+ readers searching for generous stretch at the bust but a fitted look at the waist.

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Comments

  1. Wow, a real find and a very flattering look, what is the composition of the fabric?

    • Darlene C. says:

      Thanks, Janice. Unfortunately 100% polyester–definitely felt the unbreathability as I took these pictures under warm lighting, but not so much when I wore it out.

  2. Wow, I was definitely imagining something very frumpy when I read “crinkle pleated”. But this is a fabulous piece!