Three ways to wear a pleated skirt (Part One)

ways to wear a pleated skirt

Pleats are such a huge trend for Autumn Winter, and so I thought I would share my three ways to wear a pleated skirt using this metallic style from Penneys. I love mid-length at the moment, but they do require a bit of a heel. With the evenings drawing in, and the weather taking a turn, I wanted to give this look a bit of a dark, gothic edge. Shooting in an alleyway in Dublin 2, the balance of the wet concrete gives the perfect backdrop for darker tones.

Metallics, sequins and other sparkly textures can be worn in the daytime, it’s not limited to post-sunset. But to give this a day to night look, I decided to play with textures. Mixing in a long line black turtle neck to layer down over the skirt makes it more flattering. Sometimes pleated skirts in light fabric like to hug in all the wrong places, so a longer length fixes that. I love mixing ankle boots and skirts, and these platform black suede ones create the height I want without being out of kilter with the outfit. I have to admit to wearing tights as it’s pretty freezing out there and my legs refused to play ball.

This sequin jacket is just everything. It’s velvet with sequins peppered on it, rather than sown all over so it creates a luminous glow without the glitter ball effect. So you see, sequins are for day time too! To complement the velvet in the jacket I chose this mulberry hued mini bag; the colour just lifts the look without standing out.  

ways to wear a pleated skirt

ways to wear a pleated skirt

ways to wear a pleated skirt

Giving the spotlight to the accessories for a second, as you might have read in my earlier blog posts, I have an obsession with ankle boots and I have lost count of how many I have. This ones work perfectly with the pleated skirt, yet they are a bit of a contrast. You expect to style these kind of boots with skinny jeans or leather leggings as they are more casual. But I’ve learned that adding the unexpected to the expected, makes outfits stand out. I had also thought about adding in some ankle socks to this too. Perhaps I’ll reserve that styling tip for another post on evening wear! I do love velvet at the moment, it seems perfectly appropriate for this time of year and Penneys have lot’s of pieces to incorporate them into your everyday style.  

ways to wear a pleated skirt

ways to wear a pleated skirt

Tis the season to experiment with luxurious textures after all, so I also decided to do something different with my hair for this look. I think the outfit has an Eighties vibe, so I needed to complement my hair and make up too. Using a thin curling wand, I made my way around my crown to create tight curls on my whole head.

This doesn’t take as long as you might think as the wand gets quite hot. I curled medium sized sections so that I could break up the curls to create volume. The result is that voluminous curled look, that is simply something different to the classic barrel curl I tend to go for. A side parting makes the eighties all the more apparent.  This needs some serious hold to stop it from frizzing or falling, so apply your hair spray liberally. I also used a wide toothed comb just to separate my hair a little. But be careful as this can encourage the dreaded frizz too! 

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All the above items are available from Penneys & Primark. 

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