Crank up the feminine factor with this season's must-have fashion piece, in all its ladylike glory, the pleated skirt. From narrow knife pleats to chunky box pleats, pleated skirts boast some school girl nostalgia but with added chic appeal.
Dressed up with metallics, or dressed down with chunky knitwear, pleated skirts are your answer to ultra-feminine dressing. Embrace the 80s fashion vibe and look for lamé type fabrics that shimmer and sway across the knees. Wear yours with a ruffle blouse for the gothic glamour look that's set to soar next season. Folds from the waistline will give your skirt a billowing fairytale shape, wear these with tight polo necks and cropped t-shirts to accentuate the waist and keep it looking chic. Chiffon gives pleated skirts some added romance. Play with the texture and mix it up by wearing yours with a tucked in cashmere jumper.
For many of us, pleated skirts are all too reminiscent of school girl skirts in navy and grey, but you can break the mould and give yourself a new reason to love pleats. Classic shapes are reinvented with statement colours and patterns, while vintage shapes, such as a 1920s pleated column skirt, will give your pleats some instant sophistication. Give yours a streetwear edge and wear it with white converse and a baggy t-shirt, or take it to a party with an embroidered shell top. A white shirt works well with heavy pleated skirts in fabrics like tweed and wool, but tuck in a sheer blouse into lighter rippling skirts.