Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.
Pleated skirts have been a wardrobe staple for over a century. In the 1920s, pleats were strategically sewn into skirts to give women extra room for walking. A century later, in 2020, creases are embraced for their classic cool factor. You can rest assured that today's options go beyond the tartan-clad parochial school versions from your childhood (although those are having a trendy renaissance). Fall's variations on the pleat motif run the gamut—from asymmetrical accordion pleats at Sacai to knife-pleated hemlines at Versace. And while a pleated mini may be the preferred choice for tennis and other warm-weather activities, we think a pleated midi-style skirt will fare better in the colder seasons. Ahead, seven skirt options to shop right now.
Fashioned after vintage kilts, this tartan check skirt will pair perfectly with your cozy fisherman knit sweaters.
This pleated midi skirt is lightweight for warmer fall days. Pair it with a woolly tight and it'll serve up enough warmth to carry you through winter.
Brighten up your dark cold wardrobe with this cheery floral print skirt. The side slit will show off your favorite pair of knee-high leather boots.
Coming in at under $40, you'll have this versatile button-down skirt on frequent rotation this season.