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Clothes that look like quilts? Surprisingly chic

Elizabeth Mitchell is a freelance fashion and beauty writer living in Los Angeles. A graduate of New York University, she regularly contributes to The Fashion Spot, The Luxury Spot and authors the Star Style column for StyleBakery Teen. ...

Get out of your comfort zone

The quilted handbag has been a style staple in our closets ever since Chanel introduced it back in 1955. Nowadays though, it's not just purses that are getting the quilted treatment — it's our entire wardrobes.

Quilts are back in fashion, baby. What we're referring to, actually, is quilted stitching. You know, that distinct crisscross pattern both Burberry and Chanel have become so famous for over the years? Yep, that one. It seems to have taken on a life of its own lately, showing up on everything from moto jackets to pencil skirts, little black dresses and so much more.

Brands like Isabel Marant, J.Crew, Miu Miu, Kenzo, Dior and Stella McCartney all paraded quilted garments down the fall 2014 runways. Some pieces were a tad bit puffy, while others were only slightly padded. The cool thing was, designers used a ton of different fabrics and textures to create the desired quilted effect. So if you're worried about looking like you've packed on some serious pounds as of late, fear not. With almost endless options and styles to choose from, you're bound to find something you love that's lightweight and flatters your figure for summer.

Here are the quilted pieces we've got our eye on right now. Because hey, when a trend's hot, why not hop on it early?

The Laden Showroom X Renee London Quilted Skater Dress

The Laden Showroom X Renee London Quilted Skater Dress

Have a summer wedding to attend? Steal the spotlight (just kidding) in this sweet baby blue quilted skater dress. It’s fancy enough for a formal event, yet it can still be worn to the club with a black leather moto jacket and some platform booties.

(Asos.com, $92)

Tibi Quilted Blouse

Tibi Quilted Blouse

Trade in your classic cotton tee for a casually cool quilted one to instantly upgrade your summer style. This chic shirt will go with anything from skinny jeans to a leather mini skirt, high-waisted shorts and so much more. Can we say obsessed?

(Yoox.com, $265)

Topshop Diamond Quilted Miniskirt

Topshop Diamond Quilted Miniskirt

Orange you glad quilted miniskirts are in for summer? We know we are. The small scale of this skirt's quilted pattern combined with its big bold color is sure to make it an instant conversation starter on a night out. Just remember to keep things neutral up top so you don't blind anyone.

(Nordstrom, $70)

Sarah Floral Quilted Sweat Dress

Sarah Floral Quilted Sweat Dress

If you're searching for a fab frock that'll take you straight from summer on into fall, look no further than this flirty floral print quilted dress. The pattern is right on point for summer, but thanks to the darker color scheme it can easily work for autumn too. Simply add some burgundy tights and black booties and you're ready to roll.

(Boohoo.com, $25)

Some Nights Pant

Some Nights Pant

Channel your inner rocker chick in these rad black vegan leather harem pants perfect for any season. Featuring allover quilting and exposed zippers at the ankles, they look like something you'd see a hip street style blogger wear. We’re giving 'em two thumbs up.

(Shopwasteland.com, $82)

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