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Once reserved for prim school uniforms and stodgy substitute teachers, the pleats strutting down the runways this season were sheer, bright and thoroughly modern

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Sheer pleats, on the runway

Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images/Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

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Sheer pleats, the real way BCBG skirt, $214, top, $82, jacket, $958 at BCBG. Kate Spade necklace, $395 at Holt Renfrew. Joe Fresh tote, $99 at Joe Fresh. Stuart Weitzman pumps, $350 at Davids. Styling by Alon Freeman/Judy Inc.; hair and makeup by Robert Weir for M.A.C. Cosmetics/Ford Artists.

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