Pleated skirts are a true wardrobe staple, full stop. Why? There are plenty of reasons, but I’m not going to expand on each one because, I promise you, we’ll be here forever. So let me stick with my favourite reason, which is… pleated skirts flatter every body type, every height, and are available in over a million colours from all over the rainbow (and beyond). Petites, O body types, maternity styles, a pleated skirt will be found for everyone. Alright, alright, I can’t contain myself so I’ll let one more reason slip: they’re a great option for any season. As long as accordingly styled, you can easily wear it to the office, a brunch with your girlfriends or to uni. A pleated skirt offers endless possibilities, so I’ve gathered my 3 favourite pleated skirt styles and how to wear them to help you figure out what to do with this wardrobe essential.
Without further ado, 3 styles I love:
Pleated sequin skirt
Pleated midi skirt
Pleated tartan skirt
Styling The Pleated Skirt
The great thing about this style of skirt is that it’s truly a blank slate. You can go in a million different directions and every time you’ll discover a new way to style the skirt according to your preferences. Wear it casual with a pair of sneakers and a white t-shirt, dress it up with a pair of high heels and a shiny bomber jacket or for casual-chic vibes go for a pair of sandals and a brightly coloured top.
- Matchesfashion$1,520.00Thom Browne
Pleated Wool Skort - Womens - Navy Multi38 44 46More details
- Moda Operandi$3,133.00Missoni
Long High-Rise Pleated Asymmetric Skirt38 40 42 44More details
- Moda Operandi$2,702.00Missoni
Pleated Maxi Skirt38 40 42 44 46More details
- FarFetch$1,490.00Thom Browne
STRIPED PLEATED MINI SKIRT40 42More details
The Pleated Sequin Skirt
This one’s for the party girls among us who love celebrating each new day. Metallic, sequined, glitterrrrrr everywhere! And yes, even if your wardrobe is mainly black, grey and white, you’ll get lucky, because there are also black sequin skirts! Beyond doubt, this skirt is for everyone.
- Moda Operandi$1,712.00Lilli Jahilo
Glacier Satin Skirt36 38 40 42 44 46More details
Pleated Midi SkirtS MMore details
- FarFetch$1,170.00MARCO DE VINCENZO
Sequin embellished skirt38 40 42 44More details
- FarFetch$2,397.00La DoubleJ
Soleil skirtXS S MMore details
- FarFetch$931.00Fabiana Filippi
Sequin panel pleated skirt38 42 44More details
Sequin pleated skirt2More details
Pleated sequin midi skirt38 40 42More details
Pleated sequin embellished shirt38 42 46More details
How To Style It
Once you’ve chosen your favourite colourful pleated sequin skirt, the way to go is to keep the remaining items basic, as to leave all attention to your skirt. Therefore you couldn’t go wrong with a simple white, grey or black crop top. Now, it’s of course up to you and your personal preferences whether you pick a pair of sneakers or go for a pair of high heels. Personally I love adding a bit of heel to a look, so I’m going to go with a pair of black midi heeled sandals. Add a black tote for during the day and swap for a clutch at night.
The Pleated Midi Skirt
For those incredibly hot days when you want an easy, breezy look but you’re too tired of wide leg trousers, dresses and jumpsuits & platsuits, a pleated midi skirt is your savior in need.
- Moda Operandi$1,817.00Michael Kors
Pleated Metallic Stretch-Knit Midi SkirtS M L XLMore details
Pleated Skirt2XS XS S MMore details
Pleated midi skirt6 8 10More details
Iridescent pleated midi skirt38 40 44More details
Pleated midi skirt40 42 44More details
How To Style It
So, so easy to wear and to style, with a simple white or light grey tee and a pair of sandals, a small shoulder bag and a bangle or two is all you need when you head out to see your friends or do some shopping.
The Pleated Tartan Skirt
If you’re just as a huge Clueless fan as I am, you’ll love this one. Iconic ‘90s, a pleated tartan skirt is a must have for the coming year or so. We’re seeing tartan come right back into fashion and you cannot go wrong with a wink to pop culture past.
- Moda Operandi$826.00Rokh
Pleated Trio Of Skirts34 36 38 40More details
- SALETHE OUTNET$259.00
Woman Pleated Checked Woven Skirt Navy Size 142 4 6 8 10 12 14More details
- Net-A-Porter$866.25CÉDRIC CHARLIER
Pleated Plaid Cotton-blend Midi Skirt40 42 44More details
Tartan Mini Kilt4 6 8 10 12 14 16More details
How To Style It
A la Cher, of course! Is there even a question? Okay, finding a skirt-and-jacket tartan outfit might be hard, but hey, a tartan skirt is all you really need. Whether you pick forever known yellow/browny tartan print, a black and white Dionne or red and black for the classics among us, align the colours in the tartan print with the rest of your look. For example, this pleated tartan skirt has a bit of red, blue and black in it. So you can easily style it with a bordeaux red jumper, black high leg boots and a black rucksack.
These styles are a great start for any look! If you're searching for winter outfit ideas then a pleated skirt is where you should start this season. Easy to style; you can grab a turtleneck and a pair of high knee boots and practically walk out of the door as you are! To remain trendy in 2019 neutral colours, baby blues and animal prints should be your focus. Think: a leopard skirt (see our new pattern filter feature for an easy search) and a grey sweater, pair of black leather ankle boots and a tote.
- Net-A-Porter$824.38Caroline Constas
Hera Leopard-print Silk And Lurex-blend Chiffon Maxi SkirtS M LMore details
Leopard-print Stretch-silk Skirt34 36 38 40 42More details
- Net-A-Porter$213.17FAITHFULL THE BRAND
Celeste Ruffled Leopard-print Crepe Wrap SkirtM LMore details
Katz Pleated Metallic Leopard-print Silk-blend Gauze Maxi Skirt2 4 6 8 10 12More details
Leopard print glitter skirt38 40 42 44More details
- FarFetch$394.00Zadig & Voltaire
Joslin print leo skirt34 36 38 40More details
However you plan on wearing a pleated skirt this coming seasons, there is a style for each temperature, mood, and preference. Show us on Instagram how you style your favourite pleated skirt and don’t forget to tag us and use #fashiola!