Pleated skirts look amazing, both stylsih and ladylike, when worn well. Yet, it can be difficult to know how to wear a pleated skirt and, let’s face it, not look bulky through the hips.
The truth is, most body types can wear a pleated skirt, with the exception of triangle body types (a.k.a. pear shaped). Triangle body types, try to avoid pleated skirts because pleats add volume to your lower half.
Hourglass body types, you look best in fitted shapes, so pleated skirts aren’t the go-to shape for you. If you are an hourglass body type and really love pleated skirts, try one of the options below that do not include a jacket. This will keep your look streamlined.
A pleated skirt can be worn equally well with or without a jacket since the skirt stands on its own. However, adding a jacket polishes your look while camouflaging any extra around your tummy. For example, a pleated skirt and fitted short blazer work well for round body types – it gives you the illusion of curves through the middle.
1. With a short blazer – If you opt for a crew neckline like Mary Orton does here, try wearing a long necklace – it elongates your look.
2. With a button down – Look for a button down that has a little flow to it – a light cotton or silk. You simply want to avoid a structured shirt if your pleated skirt has a wispy element to it.
3. With a cardigan and statement necklace- This combination is a fantastic transitional outfit choice – stylish and warm for crisp morning commutes, and office air-conditioning.
Note: A simple pump elongates your leg.
4. With a sweater-vest and belt– If your work day permits sleeveless, this look is fabulous as is, with a simple pump instead of the cage shoe for a polished appearance. Otherwise, try layering a thin shirt under your sweater-vest, and take the shirt off after 5pm.
5. With a long coat – Anna Wintour looks elegant in her long coat and pleated skirt combination. Try this combination with lighter neutrals, (perhaps a khaki trench, or lightweight carcoat) and a pump instead of the boot for spring.
6. With a long sleeve knit and tie shoes– a fantastic transitional evening look easily taken from day to night. Simply add a jacket and closed toe pump from 9 to 5pm.
7. With a bow blouse and slim handbag- Opting for a simpler pleat keeps the focus on the bow detail.
8. With a cropped short sleeve sweater and flats– here lies evidence that, yes, it can work to pair a heavier knit with a pleated skirt! A great choice for transitional weekend brunches, easily followed by a little local sightseeing, or a trip to the farmer’s market.
9. With a cropped casual jacket – A simple way for your capsule work wardrobe to perform double duty. Pair your pleated skirt with your favorite weekend jacket. Finish your look with comfortable sneakers, slides, or sandals.
10. With a t-shirt, clutch, and statement necklace – for a smart casual, yet edgy evening look, add a tshirt and statement necklace to your pleated skirt. The clutch and ankle strap heels move your pleated skirt into evening.
11. With an elevated tank top – A beautiful outfit for summer evenings, or travel.
P.S. Ambitious readers, curious to know if you own a pleated skirt. Yes or no?