Pleated skirt obsessions

The pleated skirt to fall for.

pleated skirt from zara and statement knit by mira mikati worn by stylist and blogger sara delaney

Granted I’m more often seen sauntering around in trousers rather than a skirt, but when we’re talking a metallic pleated skirt, then I’m easily persuaded into getting my pins out and braving the autumnal chill. The pleated skirt is having a bit of a moment this season, and when you consider how easily you can work it with sneakers for a laid back look or pointy flats for an office-ready look, you can kind of see why it’s versatility is winning people over.

pleated skirt from zara and statement knit by mira mikati worn by stylist and blogger sara delaney

One issue people have with a pleated skirt and a midi length one at that is that it comes over all mumsy. But once you start pairing it up with funky accessories it begins to develop a personality of its own. Add to that the fact that this season there are a ton of these cuties in all sorts of metallics, fine jersey knits, faux leathers and even velvet (well done Topshop for that one!) then the mumsy factor begins to melt into insignificance.

pleated skirt from zara and statement knit by mira mikati worn by stylist and blogger sara delaney

I paired this cute Zara pleated skirt with a statement knit by Mira Mikati, my trusty Stan Smiths, and this fun Paula Cadermatori top handle tote (similar here on sale at The Outnet). Sunnies are by Dior.


Pleated skirt… where to shop.

When looking for your dream pleated skirt, it’s worth bearing in mind that some are pretty high waisted so not a winner for those of us with a bit of a tum or short waisted. To counteract this, try a little tucking in with your top to create the illusion of a slimmer waistline (like I’ve done above). Also opt for a skirt length with a hem that falls on a flattering part of your calf… i.e. the slimmest bit, and you will be off to the races. Here are some of my top pleated skirt picks in stores right now… click to shop.


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  1. September 20, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    I am so with you on the pleated skirt crush Sara! Although I still haven’t committed enough to buying one. I’m nervous about the silver yet I love it arrgh! x

    • September 21, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      The silver ones are the ones which suckered me in!

  2. September 24, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    I have a grey and silver pleated skirt and would love to wear it with my Stan Smiths, but I’ve got big feet and end up with what my husband calls “clown feet syndrome”! White just makes them look even bigger! I love your bag, I just adore anything Paula Cademartori and that sweater is gorgeous šŸ™‚

    Emma xxx

    • September 24, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      Haha! I’m a recent convert to the stan-smiths-with-skirt camp but can totally understand the ‘clown feet’ worry. Why not check out some more colourful Gazelles this season…? xxx

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