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Thanks To These Ladies, The Dainty Pleated Skirt Is Cooler Than Ever

Makes us want to pull our pleated skirts out from the dust. See how the street style set is doing it, then pick yours from our edit to wear all spring and beyond.
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Of the many, many components of the never-ending fashion designer musical chairs, the one that we can unanimously agree was the most heartbreaking was and is Phoebe Philo’s exit from Celine. She was good. So good. Beyond good. She was great.

So, with the absence of Celine on the calendar at the most recent fashion week in Paris, there was a literal and metaphorical void. It may explain why so many women of the street style set were wearing asymmetrical pleated skirts, one of the most defining silhouettes of Philo’s last runway collection. A quiet solidarity. A tribute. Or, maybe it’s plainly because the skirt is just a beaut.

Pleated skirts, specifically accordion pleats, were all over. They were mostly Celine, but we also spotted Sacai, Valentino, Dior and Balenciaga. Some wore theirs with chunky sweaters, others with turtlenecks, but our favourite pairing sees the skirt with an oversized blazer. It’s a little kooky, a little grandma librarian, but still very cool and comfortable. Shoes options were almost always boots, often hidden under the skirt so that it gives the eye a continuous line, appearing sensual without actually showing any skin. It’s clever.

Whether it is the power of Philo or just a cool coincidence that so many of street style’s favourites were spotted in pleated skirts, it reminded us of just how fun yet versatile the pleated skirt can be. We’re dusting the lint of ours and prepping them for spring. Are you? If you are, see ideas on how to wear it, then shop our edit below, which include some very budget-friendly options.


Zara Patchwork Print Pleated Skirt With Slit


Zara Jacquard Skirt With Slit Detail


Zara Contrasting Graphic Pleated Skirt


Mango Pleated Midi Skirt


Toga Pleated Circle Cut-Out Taffeta Midi Skirt


Self-Portrait Asymmetric Pleated Crepe de Chine Midi Skirt


Sacai Pleated Sheer Panel Skirt


Rixo London Georgia Pleated Floral-Print Silk Midi Skirt


MM6 Maison Margiela Pleated Crepe Maxi Skirt


Marni Contrasting-Print Pleated Silk-Blend Skirt


Maison Margiela Check Pleated Midi Skirt


Balenciaga Sunray Pleated Printed Satin Skirt


A.W.A.K.E. Pleated Checked Cotton Midi Skirt


Aviu Pleated Design Skirt


Alaia Pleated Two-Tone Knitted Midi Skirt

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