The 6 Best Ways to Wear a Pleated Skirt

Pleated skirts have been helping women serve up classy and flattering looks for many years. A pleated skirt can help mask any unwanted belly fat while keeping a chic look. Depending on the length of your skirt, you could create many office looks as well as casual and formal looks with a pleated skirt.

With the many colors it comes in and how easy it is to style one, it’s no wonder these types of skirts have become a wardrobe staple in many women’s closet. In today’s blog post, I would be going over the best ways to style a pleated skirt using items you most likely already own. You would see how easy it is to come up with chic pleated skirt outfits.

What I love about pleated skirts is how they come in mini, midi as well as maxi lengths. I would be going over the different lengths of skirts to ensure that everyone is represented in this post. Whether you’re looking for midi skirt outfits or you’re working with a long pleated skirt, I got you.

Before we jump into the different pleated skirt outfit ideas, let me share with you some of the best places to shop for a pleated skirt. These websites offer skirts in different colors and lengths, and I would be adding this combination to my list. If you’re looking for some pleated skirt outfit inspiration, do keep reading!

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Where to shop for a pleated skirt

i) Shein

Shein offers one of the largest selections of pleated skirts out there. They carry them in mini, midi and maxi lengths as well as different prints, colors and types of plates. Regardless of your body type, you’re bound to find something.

I especially love their pleated mini skirts like THIS short white skirt which would cute during the summer season paired with a crop top or tank and top a pair of sneakers. This is a casual look you could pull off on a hot day. You could also pair mini skirt with a pair of heels for date night.

ii) Amazon

Amazon has steadily been making a name for themselves when it comes to affordable fashion. Their selection of pleated skirt may be fewer than Shein but the do offer few skirts in more color variations. This pleated midi skirt would be easy to pair with a blouse or simple t-shirt for different occasions.

iii) Lulus

Lulus is always a website to check out when you’re looking for trendy pieces. With most of their items under $80, you’re bound to find a cute dress or skirt to your liking. They also carry a small range of pleated skirts in some great colors. This knee-length pleated skirt features accordion pleats. It’s the type of skirt you wear to a holiday party as well as brunch on a weekend in the Fall.

iv) Nordstrom

Nordstrom offers fewer options of pleated skirts on their site. Pleated skirts in a midi length seem to be the most popular option out there. They’re also the most versatile as you can dress them up or down, depending on the occasion. Instead of the typical accordion pleats, try out a mini skirt with knife pleats such as THIS ONE.

v) Chicwish

Chicwish always comes through with the trendy yet classy pieces. They are less affordable than Sheing but the quality is much better. They have some great options for pleated skirts in beautiful floral prints as well as others in solid colors. THIS floral maxi skirt would be a great way to brighten up your Spring wardrobe.

Now that you have a good idea of where to shop for pleated skirt, let’s talk about the different ways to style them. The good news is, they cam be worn across different seasons if style accordingly. If you don’t already own a pleated skirt, I would recommend starting with a midi skirt in a neutral color.

How to style a pleated skirt

1) With a blouse

The best way to style a pleated skirt for more formal events is to pair it with a long-sleeved blouse. You can create a chic monochrome look by choosing a blouse in the same color as your skirt. If you’re unsure about which color to go with, opt for a white blouse. Pleated midi skirts are my preferred skirt length to pull off this look with.

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Adda pair of heels to your skirt look to really elevate it. Open-toe heels are a great option. If you’re headed to the office, a pair of ballet flats work fine. Feel free to throw on a structures blazer to make your outfit even more professional.

2) With a sweater

During the colder months, use your pleated skirts as transitional pieces. Pair them with different sweaters and boots to create chic looks. For a more casual look, try pairing a pleated skirt with an oversized sweater. You could wear this outfit to class, church or even to work. Opt for a long skirt during the winter months.

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A shorter skirt also works if you add a pair of leggings or a pair of tights under your skirt. My current favorite leggings are fleece-lined leggings as the fleece adds an extra layer of warmth. Throw on a black leather jacket and a pair of ankle boots to create a chic Fall outfit.

3) With a t-shirt

Create a classic look with your pleated skirt by pairing it with a white shirt. A v-neck shirt would be the most flattering style of t-shirt, bringing some attention to your decolletage. One of my favorite ways to style a shorter pleated skirt is by pairing it with a white t-shirt and a white pair of sneakers.

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If the dress code is more fancy, feel free to swap your sneakers for a pair of high heels and complete your look with a long trench coat. If you’re headed to a casual event, try throwing on a graphic tee as well as a denim jacket. A mini leather skirt and a pair of combat boots would create an edgy look bound to turn heads.

4) With a crop top

Nothing says summer chic like a skirt paired with a cute crop top. It’s the best option to go with if you’re putting together a really casual look. Create a cute and flirty look by pairing a mini pleated skirt with a cropped top in a bright color. You could also try pairing your pleated skirt with a solid top and denim jacket for a cute summer look.

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If you’re going to be on your feet for long, opt for a pair of sneakers or flat sandals to complete your great look. A great way to turn this into a stunning look for date night is to throw on a pair of stiletto heels and a cropped jacket.

5) With a button-down shirt

The easiest way to make your pleated skirt outfit look professional is by pairing a longer skirt with a button-down shirt. Opt for a shirt in a solid color if you’re headed to a board meeting or any other professional setting. A white button-down shirt is always the safest choice. Throw on a pair of black pumps to take your outfit up a notch.

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During the colder months, you could pair your knee-length pleated skirt with a pair of knee-high boots for a warmer look. Feel free to add a long cardigan or sweater to serve up some true winter fashion.

6) With a tank top

You can create more o an hourglass figure with your pleated skirt by pairing it with a fitted top such as a tank top. As pleated skirts tend to have an A-line structure, wearing a more form-fitting top makes your waist look smaller and hips look bigger. A tank top is a classic piece we al own and so this look is an easy one.

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Choose a lace top if you’re headed to dinner. You could add a kimono in a solid color to cover up your shoulders. For a more slimming look, opt for a black top. Finish your look up with a pair of heels, flats or flats sandals. During the colder months, choose a pair of boots.

For some more outfit inspiration to try out with your tank tops, check out my post: The best shirts and jackets to wear over a tank top.

I certainly hope you’ve got tons of style ideas for your next pleated skirt outfit. You realize how easy it is to come up with a great look with a simple pleated skirt. Let m know which ones was your favorite.

Do check out my post: The best tops to wear with long skirts if you need some ideas for pairing different tops with your long skirts.

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Until the next post,