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25 Really Good Pleated Midi Skirts to Buy Now and Wear Through Fall

Fendi Fall 2019

Fendi Fall 2019; Image: Imaxtree

If you can only afford one new item of clothing this fall, make it a pleated midi skirt. A quick flip through the Fall 2019 collections and you’ll instantly see why. Shin-grazing skirts featuring pleats of all kinds — accordion, box, inverted, kick, knife, etc. — popped up on countless runways across New York, London, Milan and Paris. More often than not, the skirts came paired with formal blouses and menswear-inspired blazers plus some of-the-moment accessory (a bucket hat here, shiny red knee-high boots there) for a sort of “modern Working Girl” vibe.

Pleated midi skirts at Proenza Schouler, Celine and Christian Dior Fall 2019.

Pleated midi skirts at Proenza Schouler Fall 2019, Celine Fall 2019 and Christian Dior Fall 2019; Images: Imaxtree

Needless to say, pleated midi skirts are much more than prim-and-proper office attire. The textured, aerodynamic bottoms add a ton of interest to any look, especially when rendered in colorful tartans, rocker-chic leather, glossy metallics or shiny sequins or finished with an asymmetric hemline.

Remember, in a pleated midi, you’ve got a lot going on below your waistline so you’ll want to keep your silhouette clean up top. Many of our favorite style stars — most notably Victoria Beckham — toy with tonal dressing, offsetting their billowy bottoms with a slouchy turtleneck of the same hue. Of course, pattern clashing can be just as fun. A pleated plaid midi worn with a slightly oversized argyle sweater makes for an edgy yet playful back-to-school look.

Street style stars make a strong case for pleated midi skirts.

Street style stars making a strong case for pleated midi skirts; Images: Imaxtree

Last but not least, a slightly abridged hemline begs for below-the-knee experimentation. So bring on the logo tights, statement heels and patterned over-the-knee boots. (Or combat boots, whatever fits your #aesthetic.)

Click through the slideshow below to shop our favorite pleated midi skirts for fall before they sell out.