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Styling Pleats

"Fashion is what you're offered four times a year by designers. Style is what you choose" - Lauren Hutton

I'll actually never cease to marvel at how old trends just casually make their way back in. At this point, I think I'll save my kids the stress by keeping all the pieces that are in-vogue now.

I remember the first time I tried to wear a pleated skirt. One of those really old-fashioned ones with very sharp knife pleats. My mum wouldn't have it. She just went on and on about how very unflattering it was because it was from her era. She insisted I wasn't leaving the house dressed like that and even offered me money to shop new skirts provided I took that one off. I grudgingly did. 

In retrospect, maybe that particular skirt was a tad too old-fashioned. Thankfully, accordion folds are no longer dreary and boring. From skinny knife pleats to wide paneled pleats, there are so many cool and fun ways to style them now.

For this post, I styled an Ankara pleated skirt and a metallic knife pleated skirt. Well, in pretty much the same way. I apologize. It wasn't a very inspiring day.

I paired my Ankara pleated skirt with an orange cold - shoulder jumper. I added my (obviously) favorite white sneakers to make it flirty.

This is my favorite look of the two. But hey! It's Ankara. I'm biased.

For the second look, I paired my metallic pleated skirt with this white jumper that I've had since my NYSC days. I was going to wear the white sneakers again but there seemed to be too much white going on.

There really isn't much ado when it comes to styling a pleated skirt It's however important to make sure that your skirt is well cinched at the waist. Being a voluminous piece of clothing, it's easy to get lost in it especially if you have a slender frame.

If you have a fuller frame, I would advise knife pleats. Because they are thin, they give off a slim illusion.

Don't be like me too. Style your pleats in more fun ways;

  • With leather jackets
  • With graphic tees
  • With button down shirts, scarves and jackets
Any more suggestions? Do share with us in the comment section. I have one more I'm looking to style.

Until Next Time,
It's Tee


  1. I remember how pleated skirts were my go to outfit when I want to go out back in 2011 ish.Always paired them with tank tops and slippers for a casual look and strap sandals for when I'm wearing em to church. I love the first look but it's a shame I'm not a sneakers girl.weldone babe

    1. Haha. I absolutely remember. I think it was you who got me sold on them TBH. You're not a sneakers babe yet. Lol

  2. I like the idea of keeping stuff for your children because indeed fashion rotates itself. I remember when pleated skirt were considered old mama skirts but now they're all the rage . I'm not complaining however as I love them and even stocked my wardrobe with them before the comeback. The first look is my favorite, I love the vibrant colours and think it would have been perfect with heels instead. Nicely done all the same girl.

     Princess Audu 

    1. Thanks Sarah. In retrospect, I actually do think heels would have worked better.

  3. I love love love the Ankara pleats skirt too, it looks very much ready made. Nice one Tee ❤

  4. That first skirt is super cute. Like how you styled it with the pop of color of the orange

  5. I love how you styled the skirt with the orange jumper!!
    Too beautiful


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