Pleats Please!

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They first popped up on the runway at Gucci, Proenza Schouler and Stella McCartney and have since been spotted on the streets in fashion’s chicest capitals and everywhere in between. Iridescent pleated skirts are a fantastic piece to add to your wardobe as we head into autumn. Their length makes them appropriate and practical for both work and play and their metallic hues inject some instant wow factor to any look. Here’s our tips on how to wear them:

Select a sheen

When choosing a pleated skirt consider colour. High-shine metals such as gold, champagne and silver are sophisticated and sleek, while gilded golds, pewter and burnished greens are both opulent and rustic. Metallic pastels such as pink, blue and yellow are fun and light – making them ideal for daywear.

Coordinate your colours

Matching your skirt hue to the rest of your outfit and accessories looks elegant and pulled together. Avoid repeating the exact same shades, instead opt for items from within the same colour family to create subtle points of difference such as a champagne coloured skirt with tan accessories.

Dress it up

Pairing a pussybow blouse or tailored shirt with a metallic midi will elevate your work wardrobe to new heights. Add heeled sandals or pumps to complete the look.

Weekend wear  

For an offduty vibe consider a jumper, turtleneck or t-shirt. Keep accessories understated and let your skirt be the focal point of the outfit. A pair of heeled ankle boots makes this look work for a weekend breakfast or lunch while a pair of trainers will get you through a busy day of errands.