Pleated skirts have been back in style for a few years now and don’t seem to be going anywhere. They are appealing because they look elegant and sophisticated, and you can dress them up or down. Chances are, you liked the look of it on someone else and bought one, but now you’re wondering how to style a pleated skirt. Whether you want to wear it casually or in a dressier way, this is your go-to guide on how to style a pleated skirt!

how to style pleated skirt

The Chic Pleated Skirt Outfit

This chic outfit is great for winter, as you can wear thermals underneath and nobody will know! I love these thermals from Intimissimi because they are a modal and cashmere-blend, thin but warm.

I added some retro cat-eye sunglasses to give a vintage look to the outfit. Pair your pleated skirt with a turtleneck, boots, and add a scarf for interest.

The Office Look

One of the ways to style a pleated skirt is by pairing it with a basic button-down shirt. You can give the outfit some visual interest by adding a purse in a contrasting color with a scarf that incorporates all of the outfit’s colors in its print, bringing it all together.

Pleated skirt outfit

How to Style a Pleated Skirt Casually

Dress down your pleated skirt and make it more casual by wearing white sneakers and a small crossbody bag. Your bag should be simple without much detail to help make the outfit more dressed down. Picking the right top, a basic turtleneck or tee, will make this outfit casual. You could also wear this outfit with a graphic T-shirt.

Casual pleated skirt outfit

The Dressy Pleated Skirt Outfit

This pleated skirt outfit is for you if you live in a warm climate. Dress it up with a silk blend tank top and strappy heeled sandals. I love these sandals. They are a look-alike for the Valentino Rock Stud sandals but are very inexpensive.

Dressy pleated skirt outfit

Warm and Cozy

On those chilly winter days, when you want to be warm and cozy but still want to look elegant, you can wear a cape with your pleated skirt. If you want to add some shape to your figure, you can belt the cape in at your waist.

Warm and cozy pleated skirt outfit

The Comfortable Work Outfit

If you need a comfortable outfit, but at the same time suitable for work (of course, this depends on the dress code at your place of work), this is the pleated skirt outfit for you.

Pleated skirt outfit with sneakers

Avoid This when Styling a Pleated Skirt

If you aim to look elegant, avoid having too many focal points in your outfit. As Coco Chanel once said, “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” Keep simplicity in mind when putting together an outfit. A pleated skirt is a focal point in itself, so what you pair with it should be simple.


For more outfit styling ideas and tips, check out my Instagram @stylizeyouig, where I share new-in items, try-on hauls, OOTDs, and GRWM reels. For more ideas on what to wear for different seasons, head on to my Seasons category here on the website. I think you will find some lovely outfit ideas there!