One of the hottest trends set for 2022, the pleated skirt is back with a vengeance. Versatile, easy-to-wear and bursting with unlimited outfit potential, we predict that this is the must-have item for the spring/summer season. In this blog, we provide endless inspiration on how to style a pleated skirt for a whole range of occasions!
How to find the perfect pleated skirt
Whether you’re looking to level up your work wardrobe, need a classy outfit for a day-time occasion or want to go full-on glam for that upcoming wedding, a pleated skirt can form the perfect base for your outfit. The key is knowing which type of pleated skirt will work best for the look you desire to achieve, and of course, match your own personal style the best too.
Floaty, patterned pleated skirts can work well for day time events, while a more sophisticated satin pleated skirt works better for an evening occasion. For your everyday wardrobe, a plain block-colour pleat is best, as this is subtle enough for the office but still adds a little flair to showcase your unique style.
Once you find your favourite pleated skirt that best fits your style, it’s time to think about all of the cool outfit combos you can create with your new wardrobe staple. We love a pleated skirt for the warmer seasons, but this adaptable style can be worn year-round, day or night, when accessorised correctly. Read on to find our top pleated skirt styling tips for 2022 and beyond.
Styling pleated skirts for an occasion
If you’re looking for the perfect outfit to wear to an upcoming wedding or formal event, look no further than a satin pleated skirt. In an array of colours, find the pleated skirt that’s right for you whether it’s silver, gold, champagne or pink, a floaty, satin pleated midi skirt is perfect for your next occasion. To style your chosen pleated skirt, add a simple white bodysuit, nude mule heels and a fitted blazer for a smart yet fashion-forward look. To glam up the outfit even further, you could slick back your hair into a centre-parted bun, add a pair of statement earrings and a gold diamante bag to create a little more sparkle.
If you’re looking for an occasion pleated skirt that is a little more bold, why not try a patterned pleated midi skirt. A patterned pleated skirt, whether it’s a subtle geometric print, a loud animal print or a fun floral, they are ideal for any formal event and work for both daytime and evening looks. To keep the skirt the centre of attention, pair it with a plain white off-the-shoulder or bardot top and a pair of heels for a simple, classy look. Finish off the outfit with some decorative jewellery and a matching bag.
Casual pleated skirt looks
Looking for a simple outfit to just throw on and go, without compromising on style? The pleated skirt is your new best friend. A colourful pleated skirt is a failsafe option when it comes to putting together a chic, laidback look for your next day trip. A colourful, pleated skirt acts as the centrepiece of any outfit, making it easy to pair with items in your wardrobe that you already own, such as a graphic tee and statement sliders.
For an effortless, put-together casual outfit, choose a colourful, printed pleated skirt. Having a statement skirt in your wardrobe such as a multi-coloured pastel print or a loud animal print, is the perfect way to create different casual outfit combos all year-round. Style your bold printed pleat with a simple graphic tee and your chunkiest sliders for a quirky ensemble. Add a leather jacket or hat for an extra layer to create an ultra-cool, laid back look that is perfect for casual day drinks or a day trip with the girls.
Whatever you’re up to, our bold animal print pleated skirt can be transformed into a unique look personal to you. Pair your favourite statement pleated skirt with a plain oversized t-shirt, chunky belt and black chunky boots or trainers for a grunge, casual look that will have everyone jealous of your OOTD. Why not layer a bold necklace over your t-shirt or switch out your plain tee for a graphic tee instead, to add a little more edge to the outfit.
Festival pleated skirt looks
Festivals are a chance to unleash the wildest sides of your personality, so show off your fashion creativity with a colourful, patterned pleated skirt. Have fun with it and play around with the pleated skirt style. With so many different materials, shapes and patterns to choose from, a pleated skirt can create effortless, eye-catching looks this festival season.
Searching for a show-stopping festival look this summer? A multi-coloured pleated midi skirt is the ideal choice to help you stand out from the crowd. A colourful pleated skirt speaks for itself, with minimal accessorising required for the ultimate low-maintenance festival ‘fit. To complete the look, pair with a cute cropped bralette or graphic tee, add some optional statement jewellery and a pair of ankle boots for a practical festival footwear choice. An ultra-bright, eye-catching design is perfect for those photo opportunities too!
Pleated skirts for a summer holiday
The pleated skirt is the perfect choice for balmy holiday evenings, as the floaty silhouette keeps you cool and comfortable without sacrificing any elements of style. Easy and effortlessly on-trend, throw on a pleated skirt with a plain cropped cami for a simple holiday look, or gain inspiration from our favourite summer holiday outfits styled below.
Soak up the sun in a multi-coloured leopard print pleated skirt. A bright, colourful animal print is guaranteed to make you stand out from the crowd this summer. Floaty, lightweight fabrics create the perfect summer pleated skirt style that is both super comfortable and flattering. Style with a cropped cami or a fitted bodysuit, a chunky sandal and a statement summer hat for a look that is perfect for those hot summer days.
Pleated skirts for a night out
Pre-night-out outfit stress? We don’t know her. A pleated skirt will save you all the trouble of putting together your out-out look, as you can wear this style with just about anything! We love a pleated skirt styled with a satin or lace bodysuit and a pair of sky-high heels to create a flattering, party-ready look.
Be sure to turn heads on your next night out in a shimmery, satin pleated midi. A metallic pleated midi skirt gives a sexy, yet sophisticated look perfect for any night-out. Accessorise with a simple cami, statement jewellery and a pair of chunky heels to make an entrance wherever you go. Add a cropped jacket or blazer to make the look more appropriate for an evening dinner if that’s more your vibe.
Paint the town red in a vibrant, velvet pleated midi skirt. A statement luxurious wine-coloured velvet skirt is the perfect choice to elevate any evening outfit. Versatile enough to wear during any season, contrast the feminine pleated style with a lace bodysuit and cropped leather jacket, for an edgy night out look. For a more sophisticated evening style, pair your red midi with a sheer blouse tucked in at the waist and a pair of sleek heels.
Shop the pleated collection at DLSB
Now that you’ve got some inspiration on how best to wear and love a pleated skirt, we hope you’ll join us in our new style obsession.
Add this must-have item to your wardrobe in 2022 and shop the DLSB pleated collection to purchase your perfect versatile pleated skirt today.