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How to style a pleated skirt: 4 ways to ace the classic piece in 2023

Incorporate the classic piece into your current wardrobe

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Orin Carlin
Content Writer
Updated: March 6, 2023
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Pleated skirts are a stone-cold wardrobe classic – from Cher Horowitz's iconic yellow tartan number to Miu Miu's micro mini (be warned: not for the fainthearted). With such a rich variety of designs comes endless styling possibilities, and whether you prefer yours in a slightly longer length, perhaps in a floaty crêpe, or in more weighty plaid à la Olivia Rodrigo, there's a pleated skirt out there for everyone.

Which tops to wear with a pleated skirt? 

For low-key style moments, we recommend that you fully commit to the omnipresent athleisure trend. Take you cues from the Wimbledon stars and pair a white pleated mini with and oversized sweatshirt, tube socks and chunky Dad trainers.

If you've found the perfect midaxi number and you're wanting to inject some polish into your workwear wardrobe, team your circle skirt with a fitted polo neck knit. Amp up the drama with a super thick perforated leather belt to add some texture – scour the pre-loved designer sites for a vintage piece by Alaïa or Balmain for maximum impact.

Hello! Fashion shares the best ways to style a pleated skirt: 

With matching tones

Pleated skirt monochrome© Photo: Getty Images

For minimalist devotees, a monochromatic ensemble is a great way to style a pleated skirt. Monki's dusty white version would look perfect alongside a lighweight knit in a similar shade and a scarf knotted at the neck. 

READ: 20 fashion trends to have on your radar in 2023

MORE: Paris Fashion Week: the chicest AW23 street style looks

monki pleated skirt

White pleated mini skirt, £30, Monki


With a bucket hat and boots 

Pleated skirt bucket hat and boots© Photo: Getty Images

This look is a brilliant example of how to style a pleated skirt when you're going for a more casual vibe – team yours with a Y2K-reminiscent bucket hat and a clean, white round-neck top to capture that off-duty chic.

MORE: Alexa Chung and Michelle Dockery nailed the Wimbledon dress code

patou grey pleated skirt

Patou belted pleated mini skirt, £620, Farfetch


With neutral accessories

Pleated skirt and neutral accessories© Photo: Getty Images

Here in the UK, going out without some form of outerwear is a bold move - irrespective of the weather. For those days when you need layers (even if you do end up shedding them), styling your pleated skirt with other neutral accessories such as a beige trench and tan knee-high boots is an excellent way of making the most of your capsule wardrobe.

Thom Browne grey pleated skirt

Thom Browne grey pleated skirt, £980, Farfetch


With an oversized bomber 

Pleated skirt and bomber jacket© Photo: Getty Images

Everything about this outfit, we simply adore. A micro-length pleated skirt is, by default, such a playful piece – but pairing it with bright orange stilettos and an oversized leather-look bomber really takes it to the next level. The very low-waist might not be everyone's cup of tea, but that effortlessly cool, slightly lived-in look? That's one style moment that we can all get behind.

prada black pleated skirt

Prada Pleated miniskirt, £1,100, Mytheresa


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