How to style a pleated skirt - downtown demure

How To Style Pleated Skirts (Valentine’s Day Ed.)

How to style a pleated skirt - downtown demure

Forgive me, dear readers. Due to travel with the family, I was unable to do a mini photo shoot to illustrate the styling techniques for this post, so I had to make do with good ol’ Polyvore. (By the way, Polyvore is A LOT of work. If someone can give me some pointers on mastering Polyvore, I’d be so grateful). As with the last ‘How To Style‘ post, I’m sharing my simple fashion formulas to take all of the guesswork out of styling and make recreating the outfits as easy as possible.

I’ve already expressed my love for pleated skirts in my blog. I wore pleated skirts in multiple shoots and listed it as a basic item every woman should own, so now let’s talk about how to style a pleated skirt. Pleated skirts come in MANY varieties (there various pleating techniques, colors, and lengths). If shopping for pleated skirts sounds daunting, just look for a well constructed black pleated skirt in a midi or maxi length.  It’s a classic silhouette that’s appropriate for women of ALL ages (this is not just a twenty something’s skirt) in the most versatile color. Here’s an example of how to wear it:

Pleated Skirt Style No. 1

This look is so simple, there’s no need for me to break it down further. You’ll notice I’ve included several other basic items, like black pointy pumps, a white button-down and a black leather belt. I added the leopard clutch to add an extra element and bit of excitement to the classic black and white combo. Here’s a real life example of a similar ensemble:

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(Image Source: Little Blonde Book)

 


 

How To Wear A Pleated Skirt - Vday Style

Honestly, I can be a little bit of a curmudgeon as Valentine’s day approaches (I mean, it’s such a Hallmark holiday and there are so. many. frilly hearts.), but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to create a set featuring the adorable Valentine color combo: pink and red. You truly can’t go wrong with such a feminine color combo, as long as you reign in the sugary sweetness of it by pairing the outfit with dark or neutral accessories that will balance it out. Here’s a real life example of a similar ensemble:

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(Image Source: Pink Peonies)


 

How to wear a pleated skirt in pastel

For the final pleated skirt look, I had to use pastel colors because we can all use a little bit more pastel in our lives come wintertime. Quick tip: If you’re worried pleats will make you look wider, wear a monochromatic outfit. Wearing one color from head to toe will instantly elongate you and help you look polished. Here’s a real life example of how to wear head-to-toe pastel and not look like a five year old on Easter Sunday:

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(Image source: The Classy Cubicle)

If I’ve successfully convinced you that pleated skirts are THE best, here are some affordable options to consider:

  

I hope you found this post helpful (maybe you even found it more helpful because it didn’t include pics of me). If you’re also fan of pleated skirts, let me know how you wear your pleated skirts in the comments. If you have any questions or need further styling advice, I’m at your service. 🙂 

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    Elizabeth
    02/13

    I’ve never worn a pleated skirt but I have seen some ideas on Pinterest that made me want one! And I do have a Polyvore account and have made some sets! I couldn’t figure out how to use it at first, but I just kept playing around with it. And another thing that helped a lot was that I watched a couple of Youtube tutorials of how to use it! lol

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Elizabeth
      02/13

      You know, I didn’t think to check out Youtube tutorials for Polyvore. Awesome suggestion! And I highly recommend you listen to Pinterest and get a pleated skirt. They are so chic and easy to style. You literally throw on a sweeter and shirt and go (that’s me most Sunday mornings…).

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    lanae bond
    02/16

    Great job on your post! I just recently bought another pleated skirt and I cannot wait to finally wear it!
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    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > lanae bond
      02/16

      Thanks, Lanae! Your Polyvore boards have been quite the inspiration for me, as they are THAT good. 🙂

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > lanae bond
      02/16

      And aren’t pleated skirts just the best? I had to resist the temptation to buy one just because during the Asos President’s Day sale.