Our edit of the 20 best pleated skirts...
Pleated skirts are a wardrobe staple for any girls’ wardrobe and was seen on the catwalks from Gucci to Tome, Chloe to Stella McCartney this season.
They are an essential classic piece for every season and can be styled up or down for any occasion. Plus, there are plenty to choose from, be it from the variety of colours, fabrics and styles available out there and there’s one to suit every budget, sartorial preference and shape.
And while they may seem like a tricky trend to wear, once you find the right length and pleat for you, you’re onto a winning look day or night.
If you’re petite then opt for short or midi skirt lengths. If you’re tall then you can get away with a longer length. Pear-shaped gals should look for smaller, narrow pleats rather than box pleats and team with heels to help elongate your silhouette.
Not just for day time, a pleated skirt can be dressed up with a camisole and heels or fancy flats for an evening out. Plus, if your style is slightly edgier, wear yours with a statement tee and boots and make sure to look for luxe fabrics like metallics and faux leather.
As the summer months approach, the pleated skirt can be styled in many ways to ensure you get the most mileage out of your purchase. Think layering, crew neck sweaters tucked into shirts and blouses, or paired with logo tees and floaty blouses. Play with proportions and wear with bright white trainers and minimal leather sandals for the ultimate summer look.
Check out all the usual high street suspects for a great selection (including Zara, Reiss and Topshop) and look out for the great options at Gucci and Marni if you want to blow the budget.
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This amethyst pleated skirt brings a royal pop of colour to any outfit. The silk bleeds out into a beautiful sheer pattern, adding an extra bit of oomph and breathability for those hot summer days.
Show off your curves in this elegant skirt by Chloe, which will move like a dream thanks to its godet pleats. Parisien fashion bloggers, eat your heart out.
The gradation of colour across this skirt is dizzying to look at – in the most delightful way. This gorgeous pleated piece is part of Kenzo’s spring collection and it comes with a matching sweater, if you’re so inclined.
This vegan-friendly skirt will have you swishing at every moment. Made from faux leather, it comes in a dusky millennial pink and will go well with just about anything – slouchy tees, oxford shirts, heels or trainers…
Sometimes waistbands on pleated skirts can be a little finnicky, but the ribbon detail on this box pleat skirts solves all those problems.
Who needs summer sunshine when you have this bright skirt? Decorated with a bold graphic print, it’s a great length for those unbearable hot days – or when you want to flash a bit of skin.
This peekaboo pleat is a fun detail on this short wool skirt. It’s a perfect example of the Versus Versace’s rock n’ roll identity and is a fun way to bring an edge to your work wardrobe.
Brighten up any room with this yellow skirt from Urban Outfitters (which is also made from eco-friendly faux leather!). Don’t overthink this one – throw on a pair of sandals and a simple top to let the skirt do all the talking.
Chaos is exactly the perfect word for this trippy print and the pleats give it an extra dimension. If you really want to make a statement, there’s also a matching shirt for extra drama.
Why choose one shade when you can have two? This asymmetric pleated skirt is the perfect easy breezy piece for summer – pair it with a slouchy white tee and sandals and you’ll be fashion goals.
Shop now: Plisse Skirt for £40 from Monki
Who needs a vocabulary when your skirt says it all for you? This fun skirt from Monki is covered in comic book lettering, injecting a dose of fun into a classic style.
Shop now: Pleated Midi Skirt for £30 from Monki
Why choose one colour when you can have ALL OF THEM? This fun pleated skirt with its vibrant fabric will put a smile on your face, plus a sneaky little side slit adds a dash of sex appeal.
Shop now: Pleated Midi Skirt for £25.99 from Zara
Swap out your staple black clothing for this olive green skirt inside, which will pair well with a white graphic tee or a dressed-up pastel blouse. Plus, it’s got pockets – POCKETS.
Add a bit of sparkle to your day with this fun pleated skirt, which will attract attention anywhere you go. Dress it up with a smart blouse or have a casual Sunday in trainers and a tee – it’s a lot more versatile than it looks.
Shop now: Pleated Shimmery Skirt, £29.99, Lindex
Everybody’s quacking about this muted Markus Lupfer skirt, covered in a country-chic duck print. For a really eye-catching look, choose a bold burnt orange top to draw out the accents on the pleats.
This pleated wool skirt is giving us an edgy tennis skirt vibe, with contrast side pleats that we’re gaga for. Complete the look with a simple white top and a ponytail for maximum sports-chic realness.
The 90s called, crushed velvet is back. This shimmery A line skirt drops down to just below the knee in comes in both a Barbie pink or neutral beige.
Metallic pleated skirts are having their day, but put a spin on the trend with some crystal and sequin embellishments. Pair it with a simple blouse and heels, you’ll be onto a stylish but unfussy look in no time.
Channel your inner Slytherin with this reptilian skirt from Gucci, which takes the standard monochromatic pleat for a spin. The scarlet hem is an unexpected yet absolutely welcome surprise.