While free-flowing maxi skirts and skin-tight bandage sheaths have ruled the trend report for the past couple summer months, it’s time to wrap up this year’s heat wave with a different sort of mini – the pleated skirt! Pleats may have a reputation of being too preppy, regularly reserved for school uniforms and the tennis court, but these new takes on the style prove that pleats have a place in the season’s trend watch! From silky micro-pleats like this Marilyn Monroe-esque Club Monaco skirt to more structured wool-blended versions like this Philip Lim 3.1 skirt, which is perfect to pair with a pair of tights when the weather gets chillier, pleats can be surprisingly versatile, transitioning from day to night and summer to fall, depending on the look you’re going for! Add a dash of clean-cut preppiness to rocker-chick leather with this Alice + Olivia skirt that toes the line between straight-laced and edgy, and jump on-board the everlasting colorblocked trend with this Alexander McQueen mini. Whether you’re looking for an office or a party look, it’s time to consider welcoming pleats into your wardrobe!
– Alex Gambardella