How to wear: Pleated skirt in 10 ways

Before I share with you all my little tips and tricks on how to wear a pleated skirt, let me set the scene. It’s 2 degrees outside, there’s the typical strong Edinburgh wind, and me and my friend are trying to pretend I am not a crazy person for wearing a pleated skirt in such weather.

Did we manage? You tell me. All I know is that afterwards, I needed a large hot chocolate in Starbucks until I started to feel my fingers.

But anyway, this pleated skirt caught my attention on ASOS for couple of reasons:

a) it was heavily discounted from £65 down to £26, which is always attractive

b) it seemed to be the perfect midi length that doesn’t make me look 10cm shorter than I am

c) It was metallic and pleated, which as you probably know are two of the biggest trends for 2017. And if I don’t need to buy 500 different items to suit the trends, but can manage with only a few, then why not?

The pleated skirt has become a firm blogger favourite in the past couple of months. Yet, I see so many people worrying that it will make them look shorter or heavier than they actually are. I completely get you! I strayed away from the midi skirt for the longest time, but oh boy, I’ve recently fallen head over heels for this trend.

So how to pick the right skirt for you, and what to wear it with?


Length. Choosing the right length is the most important factor in my opinion. Tall girls can get away with wearing pretty much any length, however at my 1.65 m a full-length skirt literally drowns me, unless I wear heels. If you are somewhere similar to me, choose midi length. The pleated skirt should end just at the slimmest part of your leg – for me, that’s below the calf. This will create the illusion of a slimmer silhouette, plus you won’t necessarily need heels!

Fabric. I’ve tried so many pleated skirts, and the biggest turn off point for me is actually the fabric. Many skirts are made of cheap-feeling polyester which not only wrinkles pretty badly, but also looks a bit.. well, cheap. This Warehouse pleated skirt is made of the softest, lightest fabric that flows around you. And if your pleated skirt makes you feel like a princess, you’ve got a winner!

Colour. The colour doesn’t really matter as long as it makes you happy. If you want to be on trend for the spring, go for metallic or pink. I won’t lie – the colour of this Warehouse skirt was the thing that initially drew me to it! It’s such a duo-chrome shade that reflects the light in the most beautiful way, and I simply couldn’t say no to it.

Fit. The fit is very important as a baggy pleated skirt can make you look wider and bottom heavy. Choose a skirt that sits firmly on the waist – in that way, you can tuck in a top and it will elongate your frame. For those of us who like to eat just one more slice of pizza, I recommend having an elastic waist – it makes everything one idea easier no matter how much food you want to devour!




The pleated skirt is surprisingly versatile. You can wear it in a casual, lad back way, or go full glam. I personally went for a contrasting look, since the skirt is so feminine. Teaming it up with a graphic tee saying ‘Hogwarts Champion’ (Harry Potter fans, anyone?) which only cost £4. Finally, I added my trusty H&M biker jacket and lots of silver accessories. To finish it off, I teamed the outfit with my Dune over the knee boots (which are HALF PRICE NOW) and a black fedora hat.

Wearing this outfit felt so me (besides the fact it was completely weather inappropriate – but that’s so me, as well!).

The pleated skirt is really versatile, so here are 5 outfit formulas for you, straight from fashion bloggers.

{Pleated midi skirt + graphic tee + biker jacket + heeled boots }

Dress down the femininity of the skirt by toughening it with a graphic tee (another SS17 trend) and some black boots.

how to wear pleated metallic skirt

graphic tee metallic skirt

{pleated midi skirt + cozy knit sweater + sock ankle boots}

For a more day-time appropriate look, team the pleated skirt with a cozy sweater. Go for monochrome as What’s In Her Closet did, or create an ombre effect with your skirt like Pink Wish. This outfit is a lot more preppy, yet fashion-forward and chic.

Pleated skirt monochrome outfit idea grey skirt + sweater + ankle boots

pleated skirt sweater pink wish

{Pleated skirt + turtleneck + leather jacket + heels}

One of the easiest way to tone down a pleated skirt is by teaming it up with a black turtleneck sweater. Add a leather jacket for extra warmth, or go simple with a single black layer. Conventional, yet chic.

pink pleated skirt leather jacket

turtleneck black top metallic skirt

{Pleated midi skirt + casual top + sneakers}

Pleated skirts are not only for glam days. You can easily tone down the feminine, frilly spirit of the skirt by pairing it down with sneakers. Add a casual shirt like We Are People Style, or wear your favourite sweatshirt for added wow-this-shouldn’t-look-good-but-it-does effect.

pleated skirt casual sweater


{Pleated midi skirt + casual breton/black top + heels}

Finally, greet summer by wearing a light black top or adding a striped Breton top. This is a perfect look for daytime which is feminine yet still laid back.

pink pleated skirt leather jacket

breton top pleated black skirt


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  1. Bethany Marks
    February 27, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    I got a pleated skirt in the sales! I love it but I feel like I’m having to wait until the weather is a couple degrees warmer to get any wear out of it!

    • February 28, 2017 / 2:55 pm

      I know the feeling, Bethany! What I do is wear thick tights/legging/jeans under the skirt, and then wear my boots – so I don’t freeze while wearing it! In these photos, I have a pair of skinnies underneath the skirt – and I hope you can’t tell!

      xx Mili