How to wear the pleated skirt?


Spotted on the catwalk, the pleated skirt has survived the ages since its appearance in the early 20’s to the present day without taking a fold. Symbol of femininity and women’s liberation, she lengthens the shape while harmonizing the forms with elegance. Let’s stop a few moments on the different mix & match offered by this essential of every dressing.

The pleated skirt is the key piece of the bourgeois woman from a good family’s dressing. It’s in particular from this imagery that Heidi Slimman, Celine’s artistic director, got inspired for his 2019-2020 autumn-winter collection. The silhouettes composed of midi length pleated skirts, plain or with tiles, are shaped with knee-high heeled boots for a subtle mix of hype and classicism.

Whether or not classics like it, beautiful neighborhoods and their bourgeois look don’t own the pleated skirt’s prerogative. Born originally on Wimbledon’s tennis courts for the movement freedom allowed by its pleats, she also has a sporty side yet still elegant. She then easily matches Vanessa Wu’s sneakers and a big pullover for a more casual look while keeping the romanticism attached to it, making the perfect outfit for a walk on the edges of the Seine. 

She also knows how to get rid of its schoolgirl good side for a real fashion potential. Declined into several materials, from leather to satin through veil, and into several lengths, mini or midi, she is then the apparate of It Girls. In faux leather version, we love to associate it with a pair of suedette pleated boots with a 70’s look, playing on volume and materials mix for a modern and feminine look.

Flat or heels, the pleated skirt remains a timeless piece of elegance that has seduced both Parisians and Hollywood icons of all time such as Grace Kelly if we had to name one. Whether in summer or winter, let the sun pleat (its scholarly name) warm our outfits!

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