Pleated skirts were widely popular back in the '80s, and seeing how all trends eventually come and go, it's high time they make a comeback. Luckily, they're not that difficult to wear with the current decade's staple pieces, and they're an easy outfit add-on for an elegant vibe. Read on for a quick guide on how to wear this '80s hit!
EASY: Pair them with your basics
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Your favorite oversized sweaters and t-shirts can look great with a pleated skirt. They can make the skirt look less dated than if you were to wear them with a chiffon blouse. For a cool and casual look, tuck a loose tee into the skirt. But if you want to stay warm and cozy or if you prefer a cinchless waist, don an oversized sweater instead.
MODERATE: Experiment with different skirt lengths
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Pleated skirts can come in different lengths and styles to suit the type of mood you're in. To make your midi skirt look less prim and proper, you can hide your knees in high boots. To dress up a skirt with an uneven hem, clean-cut oversized tops work as a contrasting and elegant partner. And for maxis, anything goes, but to achieve a more sophisticated and elongated look, keep your top of choice tucked into the skirt.
HARD: Wear it with statement tops
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To wear a pleated skirt without it overpowering the rest of the pieces in your outfit, wear it with a statement top. You can work with contrasting textures like flat leather or go with an oversized sheer top if you're in the mood for something adventurous or something more breathable.