Okay, hear me out. I love jeans as much as the next person, but pleated skirts have seriously caught my eye over the last few months. But because I love jeans so much, I have only the slightest idea of how to make skirts work in my wardrobe. Luckily, the fashion set has me covered in the pleated-skirt department because it has become a proper fall-outfit essential.
And with different silhouettes comes a plethora of styling opportunities. You can now wear your skirts with dainty cropped cardigans or under oversize leather shackets. Go full Gossip Girl,and style your skirt over a pair of sheer black tights, or take a different route and wear a pleated mini with a pair of bunched-up white socks and chunky loafers—bonus points if those loafers have a heel.
Ahead, I’ve broken down a few of my favorite outfits from a few of my favorite influencers. All the inspiration coming your way.
A preppy pleated skirt instantly feels cooler when worn with a low-key graphic T-shirt. Choose a top that comes in the same color as your skirt for an easy day-off outfit that feels fresh. Plus, choosing a graphic tee that has a faded look to it instantly makes the pleated skirt feel more relaxed. Adding in a slew of layered chain necklaces and rings makes the outfit work for day or night.
Not all pleats are created equal! If you don't love the look of an exaggerated pleat on your skirt, try one that features a delicate, accordion-style alternative and that comes in a slightly longer length. To make the skirt feel more fall weather–appropriate, style it with other pieces like a tan puffer jacket. When going for a tonal look, you can't forget the accessories, either. A pair of knee-high boots and a matching mini bag are great.