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Pleated skirts: the best styles and shades to wear now

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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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