I remember about 8 years ago I was at a second hand shop in Oslo and I bought this navy, floral pleated skirt, I was ahead of my time. Pleats have really waited quite some time for their moment in the sun and now it has finally arrived. Whether it’s a result of their vintage feel or undeniable timeless elegance is not important, to me, these pleated gems are an all-weather must-have. Even though pleats are having a moment, I would be very reluctant to call them a trend, if you want my opinion, they are here to stay.
If you’ve been following Kim and I for a bit, you’ll know that we believe (like in our hearts) that there are few items as versatile as a great pleated skirt. Pf course, if you’re new to the pleat game, it could be a little daunting to dip your toe in. There are 3 recurring questions we get on Instagram about pleated skirts:
1) Where do we buy our gorgeous skirts?
2) What a good ways to style them for winter?
3) I feel like I can’t wear this because I don’t have a tiny waist – not a question but a recurring statement we often hear.
I am going to tackle question one and two simultaneously.
Where to buy pleats and how to style them:
While I would never dream of prescribing what anyone should and should not wear, I think there are 4 kinds of pleats everyone should own: a leopard or animal print, a velour pleat, a floral print and a statement pleat. For the purpose of this post (linking is very hard work you guys) I am going to focus on:
The classic leopard
The lust-worth emerald green velour
The hot AF gold pleat
The classic bold floral
All the skirts I have linked are under R300 and most are under R200.
Let’s jump in:
The classic leopard
I have often gone off about how versatile I believe a leopard print skirt to be. You only have to have a look at my post on packing for a work trip (HERE) or my post on how to combine prints (HERE) to see how this divine print features in my wardrobe. But if I haven’t managed to convince you, perhaps one of the images above will? I really believe that we are going to see lots more leopard in Spring and Summer, so don’t wait. Get it the skirt!
The lust-worth emerald green pleated skirt
Green is my new obsession and I have been looking for the perfect green pleated skirt for ages. I found an AMAZING one on Superbalist (linked below). It’s velour and I know that this can be off putting because we look at velour as a winter fabric, but it absolutely can be worn throughout the year. This skirt is so versatile and can easily move between the casual and formal side of our wardrobes and would be great for those summer nights out..,.. Not just cold winter days!
The hot AF metallic pleat (all of these are $$$ and over R300)
You guys know that I love metallics, from the black and gold pleated skirt Kim and I have (HERE) to my silver crushed velvet pleated skirt, I cannot get away from bold statement skirts. I struggled to find any budget options options, so only click through below if you’re looking to splurge.
The classic bold floral
NOTHING is more classic than a floral pleated skirt, whether you want to funk it up with sneakers or go full-on Meghan Markle with heels and cardigan, every wardrobe should have at least one pleated floral gem. I have 3!
Cool thanks Nikki, but I am plus size and I have no waist….
How to wear pleats if you’re plus size? You just put them on! You guys, we often get messages from the many women who follow us on Instagram saying that they just feel like they cannot pull off high waisted looks because of their tummies, their undefined waist, so many reasons. I want to clear this up right now. You can! The easiest way to pull off something is to just rock it with confidence. If you don’t have a very defined waist, wearing things high can actually create the illusion of a defined waist. Also pleated skirts are loose-fitting, and as such they are perfect for those of us (LIKE ME!!) who prefer to hide their bellies. If this is a look you have been wanting to try, I would suggest popping in to MrP or Jet and buying a well priced pleated skirt. Take it home, try it on a few different ways, head to Pinterest for inspiration. Wear it to Pick n Pay. Get comfortable. I am a HUGE believer in challenging yourself when it comes to fashion. Step out of your comfort zone and try something new. What’s the worst that can happen? It doesn’t suit you and you move on. But imagine how amazing you will feel when you look in the mirror and realise what a total snack you are! I am here to say that us plus size babes need to give pleats the airtime they deserve!
What do you think? Are you with me?