While it may bring back memories of restricting school uniforms, the pleated skirt – with its weightless architectural folds – has since evolved to become a wardrobe hero piece. This season, designers gave the micro-pleated texture a serious makeover, introducing it in leather, shimmer, metallic, and even lace, making pleated skirts the perfect transitional pieces to wear between summer and fall. Easily the most versatile style to dress up for a party or dress down for a Friday brunch, the accordion-like skirt is the embodiment of sophisticated edge.
To learn more about how to incorporate this feminine skirt style into your day-to-night looks, take note of Savoir Flair’s foolproof styling guidelines.
The trick to toning down the pleated skirt is to keep a clean silhouette by tucking in fitted tops, layering on denim or leather jackets, and opting for sneakers as your choice of footwear – the ultimate formula for an effortlessly edgy look.
SF tip: If the weather permits, pair a long jumper with the pleated skirt in a dramatic finish, like metallic or leather, for a statement look.
Two key points to keep in mind when styling a pleated skirt for a more formal setting are the skirt length and the color palette. Opt, therefore, for a more modest style in a neutral hue, pairing it with a boxy and oversized blazer or a fitted cardigan for a sophisticated finish.
SF tip: Turtlenecks are just as formal as blouses for this type of look. Add a belt for ladylike appeal.
With an A-line shape that automatically cinches you at the waist, a pleated skirt is easy to style for a party. For example, a maxi pleated skirt would do all the talking when going for an elegant look, especially in vibrant prints and colors. Pleated skirts pair equally well with cropped tops, fitted shirts, and slouchy blouses, making them a great starting point when dressing for a special occasion.
SF tip: Dressing up the pleated skirt is all about fabric, so let it speak volumes with vivid designs, flashy colors, and unique prints.