This is one micro-trend I've been bookmarking for a while now, curious as to if it would really become something. As a fashion editor, this is something I do a lot. It's similar to investigative work (except no one's lives are at stake) where we get a lead on something, follow it for a while, and see if anything larger comes of it. When it finally does, you end up reading about it here and today, the trend I'm finally excited and confident enough to report on is pleated miniskirts.
After seeing dozens of fashion girls dabbling with pleated minis, I figured it was time to start breaking down the why and how backing the gradual success of this skirt trend. It's safe to assume that when you see or think of pleated miniskirts, private school uniforms, tennis, and cheerleaders come to mind, but once you see the various ways fashion girls have been styling them, you won't even remember what your school uniform used to look like.
The nature of this skirt gives off a preppy vibe that you might not be used to incorporating into your personal style, but with the right counterparts and the 13 styling tips ahead, I have the utmost faith that you'll be able to tackle the trend. From cardigans to cowboy boots, get ready to learn how to style my new favorite skirt trend of the year and shop some of the coolest versions below.
Give your cowboy boots new life by pairing them with a pleated mini. The open-bottom polo shirt and '90s shoulder bag complete the look by adding both a pop of color and some subtle nostalgia.
If you went to private school, this look probably reminds you of your childhood, but thanks to the oversize look of the shirt and the funky mix of patterns on the skirt, it feels less costumey and more fashion girl.
Clearly, cowboy boots are a favored shoe choice when it comes to the pleated mini, and thanks to this sweater and bandana ensemble, we have a new way to wear the duo.
Finally, a fresh way to style all of your graphic tees. Take your favorite one, tuck it into a pleated miniskirt, throw a belt on, and voilà.
Go monochrome by matching your favorite hoodie to your miniskirt. The look will read sporty and spice at the same time.
Need to run a few errands? Throw on a crew-neck sweatshirt, your pleated mini, and the Nike socks every fashion girl on Instagram has been wearing and you've got yourself a comfortable casual look.
Pair a cropped and structured jacket with the pleated mini and accessorize with statement socks and heeled loafers. Trust me—this is one ensemble no one will see coming.
If you play tennis, these skirts are will remind you of what you wear on a regular basis while practicing. So in case you need some fresh inspiration for your next look on the court, here you go.
Get a tad sportier and wear a simple T-shirt with your pleated mini. Retro sneakers and ankle socks will be just the accessories you need to complete the look.
Have you ever seen a cardigan look cuter? Because I'm not sure I have. Styled with clean sneakers and a trendy shoulder bag, this outfit is living proof that one new addition to your wardrobe can make some of your favorite basics feel brand-new.