Think back to the sartorial leaders of spring 2014, and you'll get a fond recollection of pleated skirts. Five years ago, pleats made a cool-kid comeback thanks to the runway shows of Proenza Schouler and Timo Weiland, and as predicted, the elegant '50s silhouette flooded the high street with brands from Zara to New Look stocking iterations of the style. Everyone owned one and wore it proudly with a white tee all summer.
Well, if you were savvy enough to cling on to your pleated skirt, pat yourself on the back, because pleats are making a surprising resurgence. Street style stars are making strong cases for pleated skirts once more, adding a few styling updates. Below, we've provided a refresher course on how to wear your pleated skirt in 2019. Sashay away…
Pair With a Baggy Knit
With its billowing silhouette, your first instinct might be to pair your pleated skirt with a more formfitting top, when in fact, an oversized knit makes the perfect accompaniment. Wear yours tucked-out and with sock boots just like Jeanette Madsen.
Contrast Bright With Tonal
If your skirt is brightly coloured (such as this tres on-trend sapphire yellow version), then consider pairing with tonal hues. Not only will it keep your look balanced, but all focus remains on the skirt.
Keep It Ultra Classy
By nature, the pleated skirt—with its delicate folds and 1950s silhouette—is ultra classy. Stay true to form by pairing with a billowing blouse (and some Gucci loafers for good measure).
Try a Shorter Hem
While midi lengths are typically associated with pleated skirts, minis look great too. Pair with knee-high boots, as anything shorter risks looking overly preppy.