Throwback The ’90s – The Carwash Pleat Dress

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‘Carwash Pleat Dress’?? What a weird and unflattering name for a fashion style! Well, perhaps not so strange after all for those of us who have been to the drive-through car wash service… Remember the multi-slit-curtain hanging down to wipe over the car? Yes! You get the picture! That’s where the name of this slit pleated style comes from.

Although in 2015, the grand return of the carwash pleats were mostly in skirts, back in the ’90s, it was full of carwash pleated dresses.
If you are after movement, then this is the right look for you. As we walk, its flaps move caused by the thigh-high slits, it adds drama on top of looking sexy.

It seems that my love for the carwash pleated dresses or skirts has been cooling down a lot this time around; however, I’m very glad that I have kept this one you see in the picture above.
For those of you who are not too keen on showing too much leg; why not give the wider carwash fringe skirt or dress a go; or, simply try it with leggings underneath.

’90s location shot at a fisherman’s village in Taiwan by photographer Tsong-Chii, Lynn.


  1. That’s such a fun and descriptive name πŸ™‚ I’m not sure what the Danish name would be (or if a Danish name exists), but I really like the style of that dress. Can’t believe it’s from the 90s, it looks like something I would be wearing today. You look just as great back then as you do now πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you for your lovely feedback Sanne. ❀ I actually started this article from the second paragraph, Kent read it and suggested to me that I should give an explanation regarding its weird name and so I did and I’m glad that he pointed it out to me.
      In the ’90s, there was no such name “Carwash Pleat Dress”, or at least not in Taiwan where I used to live. I’d love to know WHO named it and whoever he/she is; that person is a genius.., thanks to its name; whenever I see this style I have a picture of the car wash multi-slit-curtain in my head! πŸ˜‚

  2. Wow, this photo is just gorgeous!

  3. Stunning photo! Beautiful!

    1. Thank you Raysa. X

  4. Lovely look, you look so glamourous!

    1. Awww.., I’m flattered. Thank you Steph! X

  5. I love this dress and such a fun name for it!

    1. I’m happy to hear that Thea. X

  6. Fun post, doll! Loving the throwback looks! XO


    1. Thanks Tori, I’m glad that it entertains you! X

  7. Daniela Soriano · · Reply

    haha the story behind the name of this dress made me laugh and makes total sense, you look so very beautiful in this! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you for your compliment Daniela! πŸ™‚ I’m happy to receive this feedback from you! X

  8. These photos are stunning! And I love your dresses so much πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you for your sweet comments Nicole! πŸ™‚

  9. This looks smashing…you rocked this outfit.

    1. πŸ’ƒβ€

  10. Love this 90s vibe… sophistication at its peak…go girl

    1. Your wonderful compliments have put a big smile on my face Angel. Love & hugs! X

  11. I could not love this more! I recently bought a dress with this same slit, and loved the little leg it showed off. Fabulous my dear, xxoo

    1. Thank you Moira. I’d love to see some pictures of you wearing that new dress! X

    1. Thank you Emily! X

  12. oh my god you look stunning! that dress is literally to die for 😍

    1. I’m flattered to hear that. Thank you Margo! 😘

  13. Stunning outfit! Go check out my blog and let me know how you like it! 😊

    1. Cheers~ Will do! πŸ™‚

  14. Fantastic photo and style!!! Lovely dress!!! Wish you a beautiful day … xo xo!!! Jo_

    1. It’s lovely to hear from you Jo, your compliments have made my day! Love & hugs! X

  15. You have such a great sense of style lovely post !

    1. Thank you so much! Cheers~ X

    1. Thank you Cristina! X

  16. My favorite look!

  17. A big yes for this look … πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

    Please check out My blog :

    1. Thank you! You have superb style yourself! πŸ’‹

      1. Thanks so Much πŸ’‹

  18. Nice ‘n’ Hot photo you have here….

    1. Awww.., thank you! X

  19. Good work πŸ™‚

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