We love nothing more than when a cult buy becomes a bona fide fashion staple—especially when it’s one we love. This happened with slip skirts last year; they were so popular they transcended their place in the wardrobe from temporary to forever. Now, this has happened with pleated skirts too. We think it’s because the outfit possibilities never run out. In fact, they just keep getting better and better. But we’ll get to that in a minute.
A year ago, we would not have thought that we’d see pleated skirts dotted all over street style photo galleries or across our Instagram feeds this autumn, but here we are. They’re everywhere. There are, of course, numbers to support this claim: searches for long pleated skirts have risen 45% on Pinterest in September, according to their business trend report, while Google reports a 60% rise in its search engine. Yes, its popularity is undeniable.
This past fashion month, we saw so many innovative ways of wearing a pleated skirt; they were equally adored by minimalists and maximalists, and every style in between. There were some particularly stand out versions we loved but it just feels like it’s a difficult look to get wrong. Plus, it’s the perfect piece to layer up with knits, blazers, coats, and boots for winter styling. And, as ever, we also noticed that there are so many fab vintage ones on Vestiaire Collective too.
Keep scrolling to see the 11 new ways to wear a pleated skirt and to shop the best ones we could find.