Whether your preference is itty-bitty or long and flowy, these ideas are a must-try.
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If we're talking about trends with staying power, pleated skirts surely top the list. In recent months, we've seen them just about everywhere, from the the viral Miu Miu mini, which has become a photoshoot favorite, to longer maxi options, aka a new celebrity favorite. Still, despite all that variety and versatility, we can quickly find ourselves stumped when it comes to styling. Sure, adding a structured shirt or simple sweater to the mix is always an easy solution, but we also crave pleated-skirt outfits that are a tad more exciting and fashion-forward.

The good news is that inspiration is aplenty, whether it's straight off the runway or via street style. Ahead, we're rounding up some unexpected ways to style a pleated skirt, helping you spice up this staple and wear it all year long.

The Pleated Skirt Is Big for Spring 2022

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If this skirt looks familiar to you, there's a good reason for that: it's everywhere at the moment! Nearly every major celebrity, from Zendaya to Nicole Kidman, has worn this '00s-inspired bottom, inspiring bunch of knockoffs and similar designs.

But It's Sticking Around for Fall 2022, Too

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A variety of pleated skirts have been spotted on the runway, whether we're talking neutral maxis, like at Altuzarra (above), or super-short, vibrant alternatives, which Kim Shui and Dauphinette including in their collections.

Don't Stress When It Comes to Styling

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A solid top and a pair of boots will always be a classic way to wear this staple, but incorporating prints and color into your outfit will help keep it interesting.

Make It Work for Winter

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While pleated miniskirts may seem better suited for warmer weather, pairing them with a chunky knit, a puffer coat, tights, and even snow boots will make it work for winter, too.

Dare Yourself to Layer

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Ready to take things up a notch? Keep your skirt more casual — and kind-of quirky! — by layering it over a pair of pants.

Do the Preppy Thing

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If pleated skirts make you think of schoolcore, we're right there with you. Lean into the trend by styling a short version with crew socks, a button-down shirt, and a structured jacket. Then, throw on a tie or scarf to give it a true Gossip Girl spin.

Make It a Statement Piece

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When things heat up, turn your printed, pleated skirt into your outfit's hero piece. Style it with something simple up top — whether that's a bralette, tank, or T-shirt — and complete the look with neutral sneakers or sandals, letting this fun bottom steal the spotlight.

Let Loose

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If you're looking for easy and comfortable, embrace a looser fit. Wear a long pleated skirt with an oversized shirt, then tie it all together with a classic shoe and a bold purse.

Experiment When It Comes to Extras

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If you're really hoping to amp up your pleated-skirt outfit, keep the foundation simple with a T-shirt before getting wild with accessories and footwear. Throw on a baseball cap, layer necklaces, and swap out your sneakers or dainty heels for edgier ankle boots.

Say Yes to Color Schemes

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Style your pleated skirt with a sweater or tee in the same color family to create a no-fuss, uniform look. Then, kick things up a notch with a bright purse or playful footwear, which will also allow you to give this classic combo a personal spin.

Work in Other Trends

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A pleated skirt lends itself to a ton of trending aesthetics. A pair of opera gloves will give it a regencycore twist, while an all-black theme falls right in line with gothcore.