We're just about at the time of year when it is officially too hot for pants—which, for most of us, means that skirts are going to have to pick up some of the slack (a girl cannot live on jorts alone, after all). And pleated skirts are poised to be this summer's MVP.
Just ask any one of the models and celebs below, who have embraced the style as a warm-weather uniform of sorts. Doutzen Kroes, for one, arrived at the Cannes airport in a swishy midi and low slingbacks—a sophisticated outfit that we'd wear for work or dinner (or a flight if we were feeling really fancy). Bella Hadid, meanwhile, opted for a kicky Nike mini and matching sports bra for the French Open—a summery take on athleisure, inspired by on-the-court style.
Keep scrolling to see their outfits along with looks from Candice Swanepoel, Victoria Beckham, and more. (Plus, as always, shop the style below.)
On Doutzen Kroes: Gentle Monster Jumping Jack Sunglasses ($320).
The subtle sheen on Doutzen Kroes's peach skirt is super pretty—and tinted shades are always a good choice.
On Bella Hadid: Nike Dry UV Cropped Baselayer ($45), Pro Classic Swoosh Futura Bra ($27), Victory Pleated Dri-Fit Stretch Tennis Skirt ($65), and Classic Cortez Nylon Premium ($80); Adam Selman x Le Specs sunglasses.
Now these are tennis whites. (And suddenly, we're thinking tube socks are a good idea?)
You might think ballet flats and wrap top could be too literal a take on the dancer trend, but this outfit definitively proves otherwise.
On Natalia Vodianova: Anna K jacket.
The denim jacket and mini backpack make this look casual enough for daytime.
On Karlie Kloss: Vanessa Seward T-shirt.
We're keeping this outfit in mind for the next time we need something easy and chic to slip into post-workout.
On Victoria Beckham: Victoria Beckham skirt and Tissue Bag ($675).
VB is major fan of the button-down + pleated midi + high heels outfit formula, and it's easy to see why.
On Sienna Miller: Proenza Schouler top and skirt; Gianvito Rossi shoes.
For evening, an accordion-pleat maxi is elegant and comfortable.
Minnie Mouse made fashionable.
This is an outfit-making skirt—just add a black tank or white tee.
Scoop up this striped midi from Zara's end-of-season sale.
Take a cue from Swanepoel, and wear this with a dancer-inspired wrap top.
Like your high-school uniform—but so much chicer.
Metallics and pleats are a perfect match—just take a twirl in this skirt, and you'll see what we mean.
This pumpkin-hued skirt can be worn all year round.
This abstract print is super eye-catching—and the price is right.
How pretty is this toile print?