If the Charles James exhibition is any indication, we'd better buckle down for a ladylike spring. I can get way into a prim outfit — if it's still got edge. One of my favorite ways to keep things fairly feminine without looking like I was dressed by Mom is to work pleats into a look. Not only are they a great alternative to ruching (good riddance!), but they also make it easy to play with the length of a skirt or dress while still keeping things classy. Above, three pleated looks I love that you should copy now.