Real-Time Fashion: Pleats, Please! Go Flirty With a Swingy Skirt

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The usually preppy schoolgirl style—pleated skirts—have undergone a sophisticated makeover for spring. Making an appearance on a slew of runways, including Victoria Beckham, Christopher Kane, Proenza Schouler, and Calvin Klein, the updated sweet-meets-edgy version comes in all shapes and sizes, from mini and midi skirts to box and accordion pleats, embracing spring trends like cutouts and florals. "Pleated skirts dominated the spring runway," says Dana Avidan-Cohn, InStyle senior market editor/digital correspondent. "They were everywhere, and they were coming in every hem length."

To pull off the look Avidan-Cohn advises to look for tops and accessories with a little bit of romance to make your ensemble approachable yet flirty. "There's something ultra-famenine about a full-pleated skirt," Avidan-Cohn says. "It has so much movement and it feels just incredibly girly when you put it on."

Try finding a pleated skirt in an unexpected fabric like denim, that is very suitable for the weekend. "If you're going to go for a bold solid pleat, scale back and make everything a little more neutral." Watch the video above for more of Avidan-Cohn’s styling tips and head over to to shop the trend, from a pleated above-the-knee skirt ($325; to mint soft pleat shorts ($64;

Want Avidan-Cohn’s looks from the video for yourself? Check out the fashion credits for each of her outfits below!

Look 1:
Joie top;
Joseph skirt;
Rebecca Taylor jacket;
Nasty Gal shoes;
Jennifer Fisher bracelet;
ADMK rings;
ALC bag;

Look 2:
Augden top;
Elle Sasson skirt;
J. Crew sandal;
By Boe ring;
Gorjana Griffin ring;
Karen Walker bag;

Look 3:
Tanya Taylor top;
Trademark skirt;
Kenneth Cole shoes;
RJG necklace;
Rachel Comey bag;

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[MUSIC] The pleated skirts dominated the Spring/Summer runway, they were everywhere, and they were coming in at every hem length. There were micro-pleats, there were sort of soft whimsical pleats, and then there was a wider, sportier pleat. Now wider pleats in brighter colors look great when. You know, a zip up bomber jacket and more playful pieces and sort of a heavier sporty sandal. If you're going to go for a bold solid pleat, scale back and keep everything a little bit more neutral. That looks great for spring, summer. Really cool and fresh. You can find a pleated skirt in unexpected fabrics. There are even skirts that are sort of a take on denim. So they feel very, very casual. They're just for the weekend. You can still look very styled, even in casual clothing. There's something ultra feminine about a full pleated skirt. It has so much movement and it feels just. Incredibly girly when you put it on, and so it's nice to pick up on those little elements by adding a top with a little bit of laced detail or something that has a little bit of romance but still feels very approachable. I think that you can go a little bit dressier during the day by adding a nude colored sandal that's really going to elongate your legs, a pleated skirt is timeless something that you are always going to be able. What to wear season after season. [MUSIC]
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