6 Non-Schoolgirl Ways To Wear Pleated Skirts

One thing that comes with fall is that it’s back to school for the students. And one particular article of clothing that is greatly associated with school is a pleated skirt. There are plenty of schools that implement wearing pleated skirts as part of the school uniform for girls. As a result, pleated skirts have been established as a standard skirt used as a uniform.

Also, with the style adopting much of its clean-cut characteristics on school uniforms, the preppy style also has pleated skirt as one of its wardrobe staples. So how do you wear pleated skirts without looking like a student? Allow me to count the ways.

FIND EDGE IN A LEATHER JACKET

Pleated skirts offer the impression of preppiness whilst leather jacket is typically associated with punk and edgy styles. An outfit combination of both would be great to both lessen the school-ish look of pleated skirts and make leather jackets fit well in a slightly feminine attire.

pleated skirt and leather jacket | Aelida

pleated skirt and moto jacket | Aelida

GET CASUAL WITH A DENIM

The effect that you want to achieve in this outfit combination is kind of similar to the pleated skirt and leather jacket outfit combination. In this combo though, you are going for something loose and casual instead of edgy and punk. And this technique of mixing different textiles is so effective because of how contrary both fabrics are–pleated skirts are typically made of silk or soft cloths while denim and leather gives off a more ragged or manly feel.

pleated skirt and denim jacket | Aelida

red pleated skirt and denim shirt | Aelida

PRIM AND PROPER WITH A BUTTONED SHIRT

You might want to be careful when you pair your pleated skirt with a buttoned shirt. This outfit combo generally resembles a typical school uniform. So for this, I insist on avoiding typical colors used in school uniforms such as navy blue, black, white, and khaki brown. And if you do wear this outfit combination with the colors aforementioned, I suggest adding a little non-school glimmer such as jewelries and clutches.

pleated skirt and white shirt | Aelida

pleated skirt and chambray shirt | Aelida

BE OFFICE-READY WITH A BLAZER

If pleated skirts are the typical skirt for school, pencil skirts are the typical skirt for work. And the thing is, you can actually wear pleated skirt to work. My suggestion is to go for dark shades and pair it with a well-tailored and fitted blazer to make up for the flowing and fluttering bottom that you wore.

pleated skirt and blazer | Aelida

Lily Collins pleated skirt and blazer | Aelida

GO FOR LONGER THAN MINIS

Minis often create a more schoolgirl feel than skirts of longer lengths. With midi skirts, calf-length skirts, or maxi skirts, you create this classy and more mature silhouette on your outfit. For the petite ladies, if you are going to wear a skirt of longer length then you can tuck in your top. The great thing about pleated skirt is that it gives an instant vertical line. Therefore, making you look taller than you really are.

pleated calf-length skirt | Aelida

pleated midi skirt | Aelida

PLAY WITH COLORS AND PRINTS

You don’t want to stick to the usual colors for pleated skirts. Play with the colors. You might want to find one that is plain and bright or a printed one that is bold. Either way, if you do go for an attention-grabbing skirt, keep your upper clothes neutral and harmonizing with your bottom.

lavender pleated skirt | Aelida

bold print pleated skirt | Aelida