Fall Trend Alert: The Pleated Skirt

What: The trickiest skirt silouette for fall? Pleats, pleats, pleats.

What the fashion heads say: This, from Net-A-Porter.com: Calling the look “classic and conservative,” they add, “Keep it polished not preppy with an above-the-knee coat or a high-neck bateau top.”

What I say: Polished-not-preppy is key, but I have to say I’m hard pressed to find a reason to bother at all. While the current look includes more subtlety than the stiff line-up of schoolgirl knife-pleats that usually come to mind, let’s face it: pleats add volume. Even on the runway models. Which most of us are not. However, if you do happen to be a willowy girl who can handle a little extra oomph in the hip area, be sure to keep the rest of your look modern and sleek – skirt at the knee, close-fitting top, sophisticated patent heels. And no slouching. Click here for a versatile and budget-friendly option, by Nicole Miller at JC Penney.

photo from Style.com