Are pleated skirts in style in 2021?

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Diane is wearing a floral pleated skirt, white cami and nude shoes

Pleated skirts have been around a long time, and you may be wondering are pleated skirts in style in 2021 or even how to style a pleated skirt? 

I am obsessed with pleated skirts and layered skirts for this spring. I kid you not when I tell you my closet is full of pleated skirts of different lengths, colors, and even styles. I find that pleated skirts look great on all body types. I naturally started to gravitate towards wearing pleated skirts all the time in the spring and summer.

This brings up back to the original question which is are pleated skirts in style in 2021? The short answer is yes, Pleated skirts are in style in 2021. The pleated skirt is a timeless piece that you’ll wear over and over again. I definitely recommend adding it to your wardrobe. 

My favorite time of year to wear a pleated skirt is in the spring and the summertime. Especially for a picnic in Paris, it is absolutely perfect. However, what I love about the pleated skirt is you can wear it year around. Even in the wintertime with boots and a sweater it’s perfect. 

History of the pleated skirt

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Beige Pleated Skirt Styled © Are pleated skirts in style?

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you know that I love discussing the history of fashion, handbags, and even jewelry. The history of the pleated skirt is no different.

In my opinion, the first real iconic photo of the pleated skirt that comes to mind is the one of Marilyn Monroe in 1954 in her infamous flying skirt photo. You know the one I’m talking about, with Marilyn wearing a white dress with a pleated skirt in the subway standing over a vent pushing her dress down. While this may not be the first document of the pleated skirt, it sure is iconic . 

The original pleated skirt dates back to 1909 which was patented by Mariano Fortuny and named “fortuny”. Fortuny was a Spanish designer who created pleated skirts for celebrities. Today, the pleated skirts are in style and more popular than ever. In the next section are 3 popular ways to style a pleated skirt.

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How to style pleated skirts with a Sweater?

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White pleated skirt and white sweater styled © Nordicstylereport

If you are going for a more casual / relaxed look, then I definitely recommend you pair your pleated skirt with a bulky sweater and don’t forget to slightly tuck it in on the front. I call it the Parisian tuck. This look is great for the early spring crisp days, as well as fall and winter. Grab a pair of boots or even heels to complete this look.  

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How to style pleated skirts with a Blazer?

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Pink Blazer & Pink Pleated Skirt © Are pleated skirts in style?

One of the more formal ways to style a pleated skirt is with a blazer. I saw this lady wearing the most gorgeous color combination walking the streets of Paris. She had on a light pink pleated skirt with a darker pink blazer and it was perfection!

I immediately thought, “yup I must replicate that as soon as I get home”. I should have snapped a photo to show you guys what I am talking about, but I found one very similar online I posted above. Plus, this would also make a great office look!

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How to style pleated skirts with a body, cami, or basic top?

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Black Pleated Skirt © Are pleated skirts in style?

In my opinion the easiest way to style a pleated skirt is with a body, or a thin cami. During the summertime, this is my favorite way to wear a pleated skirt. This is such a timeless look it never goes out of style. Don’t forget to grab your favorite jean jacket for when the temperature goes down to stay warm. 

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Where to buy pleated skirts?

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There are two types of pleated skirts you can buy, both long and short pleated skirts. The great news about pleated skirts since they are a Parisian girl staple piece, they are at a lot of major stores, such as Nordstrom, Shopbop, Revolve, H&M, and more! I love a great neutral colored pleated skirt with a trench coat draped over the shoulders.

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Are the pleated skirts in style in 2021? 

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Diane wearing a rose colored pink skirt © Are pleated skirts in style?

Even though the pleated skirt has been around since the early 1900s, the answer is yes, pleated skirts are still in style in 2021!Pleated skirts are timeless classic pieces that can be worn for years. Shop some popular pleated skirts below.

If you are looking to add your first pleated skirt to your wardrobe, I recommend adding a minimalistic color first, such as black, white, or beige. These are 3 colors that are easy to match. In fact, I don’t anticipate pleated skirts going out of style anytime soon. What do you think, are pleated skirts in style? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Sincerely Petite in Paris,

Diane 

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