Let’s be honest, the pleated skirt can be daunting. For me it’s two things that scare me – the length (fear that it will make me look shorter than I already am) and the overall style (they can make one look dowdy or like a grandma). But after trying the pleated skirt, I’ve found that finding the right style for your body type is crucial in pulling off this look and avoid looking short and homely.
/ Petite or Slim Frame /
If you’re petite or have a slimmer lower body, stick to pleated skirts that are either mini or knee length (right underneath the knee is perfect too). Pull up the pleated skirt so the waistband is above the midsection (high waisted) and it elongates your legs. The shorter you are, the slimmer the skirt should be so it doesn’t overpower your frame.
/ Boyish Frame /
If you lack curves, pick a pleated skirt that doesn’t have too much flare or flounce so it doesn’t overwhelm you. The right fabric like metallic or velvet will also help add some movement and the illusion of curves. To show off a little leg or add some sexiness, look for a skirt that has a slit.
/ Hourglass Frame /
Pleated skirts are wonderful for those with curves and a well defined waist. The flare of the pleats will stand out from your body while the elastic or waistband of the pleated skirt will show off your itty bitty waist. Try and pick fabrics that are lighter so that they have a swish when you walk. Your body type can pull off any length of skirt from mini to midi!
/ Pear Shape Frame /
If your hips are the widest part of your body, then pleated skirts are your friend! The A-line style of the skirt will accentuate your slender waist and the full skirt will minimize your hips. The perfect length for you would be a knee length or midi.
/ Tall or Slender Frame /
If you are tall, highlight that and go with a floor length, maxi skirt. This would be a perfect look for the holidays but also can be worn in the summer too (depending on fabric choice). If you are on the shorter side, you too can pull off a maxi skirt with some super high heels or platforms that can be hidden under the skirt.
These are just some tips on picking the right pleated skirt for you, but remember to be comfortable in what you are wearing because confidence goes a long way. Wear something that makes you feel great and others will notice too!
Top | Sugar Lips
Skirt | Sugar Lips
Jacket | Sugar Lips
Socks | HM
Shoes | Christian Louboutin
I’ve always been a fan of pleated skirts and I think they’re wonderful to wear for the holidays but I never got the courage to go out and buy one. Thank you for the tips because I am petite and slim and now I know to look for mini or knee length!
That skirt is so pretty. I love the color of it.
That skirt is so pretty. I love the color of it.
I have always been a big fan of pleated skirts but I never how they look on me! You are rocking this one, so cute!!
I absolutely love the skirt! The color and its style was perfect!
Love the way you styled your pleated skirt with the socks/heels. In no way does it look like a grandma. great post.
So obsess with this look babe! Something I really love to wear is skirts but it’s so difficult for me always to find the right one specially is its a pleated skirt.
The length is always an issue for me but also the color. This color is the perfect to transition from winter to spring. Love how you tel this entire look.
This is so cool! The bomber and socks are a lot of fun, definitely makes the pink skirt less feminine. I quite like these skirts, they are an elegant length, though tricky for shorter women like us. You nailed it though.
This metallic pleated skirt is gorgeous <3 🙂 I love how feminine yet trendy it looks! Definitely a great piece!
You look stunning! Love this whole look girl 🙂
I need that skirt since I saw it on your IG! Also, thanks for writing such a helpful post 🙂
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I really would love a thick velvet pleated skirt and am definitely inspired even more after this post! Need to get on my search!
You look so glamorous Christine! Love the metallic touch of your skirt and those glittery socks, such a perfect look for the holidays.
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Absolutely love how you styled your skirt!! I have the same doubts about these type of skirts but you look lovely!! Big Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com
Pleated skirts are the best! I did a similar post on my blog recently showcasing my top fav fall skirt styles that I think you would love!
I’m seriously so in love with that midi pleated skirt.
Your advice is so on point… love it!! This pleated skirt looks totally flattering on you. You totally avoided looking like a grandma LOL!!
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I am petite so I definitely love the shorter pleated skirts. You look amazing and yours!
I love those glitter socks paired with the pumps!
Thank you for showing short frameS! So hard to style short girls in those types of skirts!
The skirt looks so great. I love this look.
Huge fan of pleated skirts, and I’m obsessed with yours the metallic shine is gorgeous! I struggle finding the perfect one for my shape — your guide is so helpful!
xo | Cindy Elena
I love the mix of metallic pink and the deep blue of the jacket! I definitely like longer plaid skirts that show just enough ankle. I feel like it balances out better when wearing longer or oversized tops/outerwear. Your use of color is so spot on, I love it<3
Saw this skirt on your Instagram and I’m obsessed!
Great post, thanks for sharing! This look is so stylish – I love pleated skirts!
Love this! Such a cute pleated skirt and the color is my fave!
Love your outfit. This is a game changer look. High socks on heels are the next big thing.
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The pleated skirt trend is definitely one of my favourite. You’re so right, I think it can be universally flattering! Love the one you’re wearing, the pink metallic effect is so unique!
Love love the socks and loubs! The skirt is amazing 🙂
Your dress is really gorgeous dear! Lovely outfit too.
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You are totally rocking this look!! This outfit is totally something I’d like to wear for one of my holiday parties. I love your pink metallic pleated skirt. It’s the perfect mix of edgy with pretty.
I declare myself in love with this look! Love how you styled the socks!
Fantastic pleated skirt ❤ Awesome outfit !
Pleated skirts are so good on so many different body shapes and I love how you can match them with so many different other pieces! You’ve nailed this outfit – you look AMAZING!
Ohhh I love how you styled this look! One of my favorites.
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