Nothing says classic quite like pleated skirts. They’re timeless, polished and undeniably chic (they have to be — they’re an It-girl go-to); plus, they can be dressed up or down with practically zero effort. Consider them the skirt equivalent of an LBD — they’re that versatile. Both a summer work wardrobe staple and a lazy girl style essential, they make getting dressed SO easy. That said, they can stray on the wrong side of prissy if not styled just right. In this week’s Style Resolutions, we’re bringing you three modern ways to give this closet basic a modern edge — because stuffy and standard just aren’t in your vocabulary.


How to Wear a Pleated Skirt for Work


Polished doesn’t have to mean prissy, and this on-the-job getup is proof. The bold color-block pattern on this twirl-worthy pleated skirt sets the stage for tailored, fashion-forward pieces that will redefine the concept of dress code compliant. Tuck in a statement tee, then streamline the look with a sleek sleeveless blazer that epitomizes summertime chic. Runway-ready mules offer a welcome alternative to everyday pumps, while a structured top-handle bag with an architectural twist offers all your in-office essentials a stylish place to call home.

Whistles Colour Block Pleated Skirt ($250) + COS Diagonal Stripe T-Shirt ($45), Elizabeth and James Garnet Silk Chiffon-Paneled Crepe Vest ($178), Topshop Limited Edition Pavlova Mid Heel Mule ($170), Tiro Tiro Radian Earrings ($150), Louise et Cie Fae Leather Satchel ($378), Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro ($38)

How to Wear a Pleated Skirt for a Night Out


Life is too short to play it safe in the style department. Ditch the blasé bodycon and LBD come date night or GNO, and add this pleated stunner to your after-hours lineup stat. A daring bodysuit injects the getup with a bit of sex appeal, while a classic leather jacket and studded block heels provide an endless source of tough-girl ‘tude. No night out is complete without a bit of glitz, making these bright drop earrings and textured sequin bag so necessary.

Whistles Colour Block Pleated Skirt ($250) + Topshop Mesh Applique Body ($50), Mango Zip Leather Jacket ($200), Louise et Cie Kellyn Studded Sandals ($149), J.Crew Floral Confetti Earrings ($88), Charles & Keith Mini Floral Sequin Bag ($59)

How to Wear a Pleated Skirt for the Weekend


Your new signature style move when the weekend rolls around? Busting out your trusted accordion skirt and tossing it on with a tie-front crop top and a pair of edgy sneakers — AKA athleisure with a twist. Play it cool with a denim jacket that will keep you cozy as you watch the sunset over the water or schmooze like the social butterfly you are at a backyard bash. Counter the look’s ultra laid-back vibes with trend-right accessories, like a buckle saddle bag and silver cuff, that deliver a healthy dose of Insta-worthy charm.

Whistles Colour Block Pleated Skirt ($250) + Mango Knotted Hem Cotton Top ($30), Madewell Oversized Jean Jacket ($128), & Other Stories Nike Air Force 1 Mid ($100), Gentle Monster Soapy ($320), Charles & Keith Circular Buckle Bag ($59), Karine Sultan Textured Cuff ($78)

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