Say Hello To Your New Season Item: The Pleated Skirt7:29 am
Pleated skirts are often associated with schoolgirl uniforms, tennis courts, or secretary outfits – but this season is different. From sporty styles to radical chic (and everything in between) there is a pleated skirt for every taste. Made from light and airy fabrics such as silk, lace, and chiffon, the fluid natures of pleats radiates an air of fun and energy. Pleats create shadows that give depth to your look, which in turn exudes a sense of mystery guaranteed to catch everyone’s eye.
“Pleated skirts are a true classic that never really go out of style.”
Accentuate your waist
Whether you’re after a varsity-style look paired with a crew neck jumper, rock chic with a printed T-shirt and imitation-leather jacket, or sassy with an elegant blouse, tuck in your top and accentuate your waist with a belt. This creates a slimming effect and adds shape to your silhouette. If you find the tucked-in look too uncomfortable, a cropped top is a stylish alternative.
Flatter with pleats
Finding the right type of pleat to complement your body shape is easy when you know how. Create an hourglass figure with accordion-style pleats – perfect for making the most of wide hips. Stitched-down pleats at the top of the skirt help conceal a round tummy, while a knife-pleated skirt is perfect for those with a pronounced derrière. An uneven hemline that is raised at the front tastefully shows off extra leg – particularly flattering for shorter women.
Experiment with colour
When selecting your skirt make sure you choose the right colour for your desired look.
From vibrant shades to pastel tones, a pleated skirt can be teamed with a variety of different colours. If you’re looking for a daring outfit with a quirky twist, pair a vibrant mini skirt (such as tangerine orange) with something playful like a yellow polka-dot top. For a more sophisticated look, combine with a classic white button-up blouse.The possibilities are endless.
Metal accents and sequins
Sequins and metal accents work well with pleated skirts. Capture the mood of an Arabian Night with a three-quarter-length skirt and a matching shimmering sequin top. Accessorise with a clutch bag and metallic jewellery. For daytime wear, team with a tote bag and large bangles instead. If you want to stand out from the crowd, pair a pleated mini skirt in a dark shade with a bronze or silver top. Add the finishing touches to your outfit with classic staples such as an imitation-leather jacket or a matching metallic belt.
Shoes – high or low?
When selecting your shoes, choose wisely. The overall effect of pleated skirts styled with flats may appear prim or casual, while feminine high-heels exude elegance and sophistication. Thong sandals are ideal for a summer-inspired beach look, while boots in a dark colour add warmth to a skirt and jumper combination. Choose shoes to highlight cool shades. For example, navy footwear will accentuate colours like baby blue, dove grey, and citrus lemon.
Bulkier shoes like wedges or block heels will counterbalance a floaty, lightweight skirt and introduce a casual flair to the overall look. For sophisticated evening attire, feminine stiletto heels complement chiffon and satin. Match your footwear with a handbag or clutch to bring out the colours. From the office to the club, the pleated skirt is a versatile piece of clothing that can be worn all year round.