Today I had a little wardrobe sort out. True, it was interrupted by the chap from Virgin who came to fix the phone as we couldn’t make outgoing calls. As it transpired the phone wasn’t actually broken. It was just that a call bar had been put on it due to overuse by someone in the family. We’ll say no more about that but suffice to say that there is currently a rather large pile of clothes in the centre of our bedroom floor.
I was categorising each item into one of three categories. First, there was “couldn’t live without” (arguably a little dramatic I know, but there you go). Secondly there was “don’t love but don’t want to part with” and thirdly there was “on its way out”.
Without a shadow of a doubt my Topshop pleated skirt fell into the “couldn’t live without” category. Arguably it needs to fall into the wash bin category as I’m not quite sure when I last washed it. If ever. What an admission. Have you seen how many times I’ve worn that skirt? Anyway, moving swiftly on.
Why do I love a pleated skirt? Well the silhouette is neat but there’s still plenty of room in the skirt for a big stride – I guess that’s pleats for you. They are swishy and feminine but work with trainers (I know, I’m off again) and a leather jacket as well as with a silk blouse, blazer and heels. They wash and dry really well (ignore that. How would I know?) and they have been here for a while so they are a good investment. Despite what people say, I believe that there’s a pleated skirt for everyone.
These are some that I’ve found recently on my travels…
This red dot pleated skirt from Stories (£59) also comes in navy with white spots. It has buttons down the front and is a slightly shorter length than some that are around. It’s quite fresh and spring like but I think we’re going to see a lot of dots going into the winter and even if not, who cares? If you love dots wear them all year round!
This black pleated skirt from Stories (£55) also comes in light blue as well as a floral print. It’s a good starting point for anyone who doesn’t want to stand out from the crowd too much. The darker colour is good for slimming the bottom half and then you can have loads of fun on the top half with print and colour.
Now in the run up to Christmas, a metallic pleated skirt is a great option. I had one from H&M last year which I wore on into spring and summer with a t-shirt and denim shirt. Again, this one is from Stories (£45). I like how the skirt is styled with a longer line jumper in this image. If the proportions feel a little off with flat shoes, a boot with a bit of a heel will help to redress that.
Oooh and probably my favourite – the emerald Stories skirt (£69). It’s a bit mermaid like really – metallic and green with a richness about it which is just gorgeous!
Then for an every day cool skirt with a bit of an edge and touch of slouch, there’s the Me & Em long jersey pleated skirt (£79). Some may find the jersey takes away from the girliness of a silky pleated skirt – making it more accessible for daily wear. The length is great too – layer those leggings underneath it when its chilly. And it has a lovely wide waistband too for extra comfort. I’m really tempted to try this one.
And finally, for something pink and frou frou, there’s the Baltic pleated skirt from Finery (£89). There are quite a few pieces from Finery that are currently on a waiting list and I think that if the fashion pack pick this one up and run with it, it too will sell out quickly. Either that, or it will be heavily discounted in the sale at the end of the season.
I’m hoping to come across a velvet pleated skirt soon. H&M, Jigsaw and Topshop don’t have anything right now but I don’t think that it will be long before we see them appearing. And Whistles have these metallic options which might be of interest.
So, there’s my pleated skirt round up. Do many of you own one and if so how do you style it. And for those who haven’t gone there so far, are any of you now tempted?