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Trending 17 November 2020

Why The Pleated Skirt Is The Biggest Trend For 2020

The every day staple for work and play.

The return of pleated skirt has seen it go from a trending style to the most versatile of wardrobe items.


Words By Lucy Damin

The Reliable Staple

The pleated skirt has become a reliable womenswear staple. The ladylike A-line shape is exceptionally wearable and its versatility trans-seasonal.

With long hemlines and pleats, the modern silhouette of the pleated skirt can take you from work to play. This look works on all women and has endless styling possibilities.

Start with a black or a neutral first, then explore prints and fabrics. A midi or longer length keeps it easy to style for multiple occasions.

To wear your pleated skirt to the office, start with a classic cotton-poplin button-down shirt and finish with a blazer. Play around with untucked boyfriend lengths hanging loose over, half-tucked or tied at the waist. An on-trend sneaker to keep it fresh, a boot to add effortless sophistication or a classic heel for a more corporate look. A mid-heel and low slingback is another option to take you from day to dinner.

In the colder months pair with chunky knitwear and boots. The new nearly-as-versatile leather or velvet iterations will make more of an impact. Oversize flannel tops an emerging trend, pair with a pleated skirt to act as the perfect balancing piece.

Marlene Ombre Pleated Midi Skirt, $400, Reiss

Into The Night

For a touch of evening glamour, pair a graphic, metallic or black pleated skirt with a feminine silk blouse, matching camisole, or if you want to let the skirt do all the talking, team it with a simple body-hugging bodysuit.

 

The best options to bring a bit of bling to your outfit are pleated skirts made with sequins, lame or even tulle.

Alternatively, a leather or faux-leather pleated skirt can be dressed up to create an evening look and will bring a whole lot of versatility to your wardrobe.

To complete your style, add a metallic sandal or silk pump to complete the look. But don’t go overboard with the size of your bag. Evening pleats call for a small clutch or minaudiere, which can be playful as you dare.

A sparkly, pleated skirt is a timeless piece that will take you to any occasion because it never hurts to have something sequined or metallic hanging in your wardrobe for easy party dressing.

Gemma Metallic Pleated Midi Skirt, $320, Reiss

Turn Up The Heat

In the summer months, it’s time to get a little more playful with your pleats. Try pairing your multi-coloured or printed skirt with a simple fitted singlet and square-toed mules, or go classic with a white linen shirt and leather flats for chic and relaxed alfresco dining.

For feminine flair opt for a new floral print or pop of pastel, the timeless silhouettes remain classically elegant. An embellished cropped cardigan keeps it playful. To make it feminine with an edge, top your pleated skirt with a denim or biker jacket and military-style boot.

The versatility of a pleated skirt means you can feel equally as confident in a t-shirt and trainers for weekend wearable or try a hoodie and sneaker for an urban-athletic approach. Look to pleated skirts with pops of colour or graphic prints and pair with oversized sweats. Sporty and comfortable, sneakers complete this off-duty style.

Loewe Print Pleated Skirt in Shamrock Polyester, $2,763, 24 Sevres