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15 Chic Ways to Style a Pleated Skirt

15 Chic Ways to Style a Pleated Skirt
Update this wardrobe staple!

You can find pleated skirts for a dime a dozen in any of the stores you frequent on the reg. That, and there's a vast assortment of fabrics and finishes to choose from—pick 'em up in tough-gal pleather or demure chiffon or ultra-glam brocade and tell us this piece doesn't stretch spectrums!

Here, 15 ladies who'll teach you how to rock it, regardless of #aesthetic.

1. Sarah Lahbati will make you want to snatch your vintage Versace right off of the floor (thank you very much, Bruno)the Italian house's signature gilded scarf motif is hot again, and there's no better ode to the glam side of the '90s than a flirty little kilt.


2. We're pretty much broken records meandering on and on about how beige is all the rage. Break the head-to-toe desert hues trend with a painterly splash a la Heart Evangelista. We are honestly thiiis close to dashing to the nearest Kamiseta store, mind you.

3. Manic print clashing, but make it Gucci. Liz Uy is doling out polished '70s swingin' spades! A tip: Should you feel the need to, temper the pattern party by throwing on a sleek, gold-buttoned suede jacket that's the epitome of retro cool. Looks just like something you'd haul out of your stylish grandpa's closet.

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4. Now here's a unique trick we're copping care of Pia Wurtzbach. Why not layer a strapless mini dress over an asymmetrical, handkerchief-hemmed midi? It's an interesting play on levels and lengths...and it makes a great way to turn a potentially too-short frock more appropriate for whatever occasion you're gracing.


5. If you're ready to trawl the goody two shoes route, Martine Ho advises that you may as well go saccharine sweet. Satisfy your sugary cravings via a myriad of pastel hues and nostalgic childhood silhouettes! That Peter Pan collar has us reminiscing about bygone school days.

6. Anne Curtis' tweed Chanel suit provides you with an easy, timeless solution the shade of your Barbie world dreams. After all, a single set can retail for literally thousands of bucks, and with good reason! Find yourself a storied version on the secondhand market then update with of-the-moment add-ons like a white tank top and perhaps even a charmed chain belt.


7. We'll always champion a relaxed, languid silhouette, and Renee de Guzman is clearly on the same page. Instead of tucking an eyepopping fuchsia button-down in, cinch it over your skirt's waistband and let a shoulder nonchalantly droop to bare a strategic sliver of shoulder. Sexy yet restrained.

8. New mom-to-be Tricia Gosingtian had us adding these chain-peppered Mango co-ords to our Zalora carts faster then you could say "sale!" On that note, there's really, sincerely no quicker hack than simply buying separates in sets. Enough said. Flinging your closet doors open in the mornings just became a ton less tedious.


9. Before you even think of your tired old jeans and sweater pairing, look to Camille Co's dainty deviation! Swap your trusty denims out for some shimmery pleats, a cute little Delpozo tote, and metallic Balenciaga Knife mules. A perfect, subtle touch of casual glitz for the coming holidays.

10. Traveling somewhere chilly anytime soon? Nicole Andersson rightly declares that you just can't go wrong with a chic black leather boot and a versatile striped knit. That adorable, architectural Danse Lente sling keeps her 'fit coveted and current.


11. It seems Jinkee Pacquiao has the gift of making even the most dedicated, stubborn monochrome devotee crave to wear an entire rainbow. We're evidence. The lush, bold, jewelled colors in this otherwise relatively pared-down outfit do so much. Also, it pays to mention that a tiny dash of satin sheen can spruce up any tee-based look in mere seconds.


12. Mikka Padua has introduced the utilitarian to the demure, and it's obviously love at first sight. Expect nothing less than sartorial excellence from the owner of funky curated e-shop Seek The Uniq, of course! We're harboring a vested interest (pun intended) in her cropped sleeveless trench.

13. Boot up, chides Jeline Catt! Her straightforward ribbed mock neck top evades the dreaded 'basic' mark by a mile, all thanks to her clever choice of kicks: knee-high leather boots, a.k.a. fall's current favorite tall order.


14. The prospect of trotting across the globe to frolic in the snow never fails to thrill, so you'd best do it in serious style! Laureen Uy recommends tossing a statement cardigan over sorbet pinks and lemon-ice yellows. Oh, and a truck-soled platform ups the ante, too.

15. When all else fails, don a black turtleneck or nothing. Forever intentional, Kim Jones styles hers with fuzzy, fluffy look-at-me stilettos and a generous spray of chrome studs.

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