The mid length pleated skirt has recently returned to the fashion scene. The last pleated skirt I owned was my high school uniform, so this was a far out purchase for me! It helped that Zara had the skirt on sale, and I'd had lots of inspiration on how to style it from magazines and other bloggers. Here are my variations on styling it, and this is not an all inclusive list!
Here, I wore an ivory satin and lace camisole tucked in with a neutral colored belt, neutral booties, bag, and vintage pearl choker. I would have preferred a neutral tone cardigan to this look, making it completely monochromatic, but the grey worked well, because the skirt reflects silver and grey tones in the light as well as gold.
This is my trendy girl look. The sneakers and denim jacket have a playful edge, the necklace kicks it up a notch, but it would look equally good without the statement jewelry. It's a youthful look, but the oversized clutch bag makes it grown up!
Another monochromatic look, but with a more "smart casual" air.
Street style, edgy, glam rock. I love this outfit despite it being a little outside my comfort zone, it makes me feel tough and girly at the same time!
Back to cozy comfort zone with a chuncky knit sweater and booties!
Zara is all sold out of my skirt, but I found a similar one online in a fun color block design here, and a more conservative one in navy here. Both of these are on major sale, so I doubt they'll be around for long.
I'm glad I took the plunge with this skirt and went for it. Since my school days I've stayed clear of pleats, even pleated trousers because I felt as though pleats made my stomach look fat.
It's the mid calf length that makes these pleated skirts work. There's enough length for constant movement, which makes it flirty and feminine, and a distraction from tummy bumps. Plus it's very trendy to wear loose fitting tops that cover the tummy - it's a win win situation. This Zara pleated skirt is made in a metallic fabric of gold and silver grey hues, so it works equally as well during the day as in the evening.
It looks dressed up and elegant with heels, sporty and trendy with flats (either sneakers or slides), and super cute with ankle booties and a cozy sweater.
Overall, I've found this to be a very useful addition to my wardrobe, and it's certainly a lot of fun to wear in so many different ways. I'm sure I'll have some Spring looks to add to these styles in a couple of months!
As always, thank you for reading!
Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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