This "Old" Skirt Trend Is Making a Big Comeback for Summer

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Think back to the sartorial leaders of spring 2014, and you'll get a fond recollection of pleated skirts. Seven years ago, pleats made a cool-kid comeback thanks to the runway shows of Proenza Schouler and Timo Weiland, and as predicted, the elegant '50s silhouette flooded the high street, too, with brands from Zara to H&M stocking iterations of the style. Everyone owned one and wore it proudly with a white tee all summer.

Well, if you were savvy enough to cling on to your pleated skirt, pat yourself on the back because pleats are making a surprising resurgence this year. Instagram's best dressers are making strong cases for pleated skirts once more, adding a few styling updates. Whether you prefer your pleats in midi or mini length, below, we've rounded up our favourite pleated-skirt outfits to inspire your next look. Sashay away…

Style Notes: Stop a pleated miniskirt from looking schoolgirl with the addition of a bright knit and a pair of retro-looking cream boots, just like Molly.

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Mango Knitted Polo (£36)

ASOS Design Pleated Mini Skirt (£22)

Sosandar Bailey Cream Leather Knee High Heeled Boot (£149)

Style Notes: Eternally sleek, Lydia works her sophisticated magic on her staple black pleated skirt by pairing it with a tailored blazer, a high-neck top, and interesting heels.

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COS Boyfriend-Fit Blazers (£135)

Alighieri Gold-Plated The Hercules Pendant Necklace (£280)

H&M Pleated Skirt (£30)

Style Notes: Make like Abi and tick off two summertime trends in one—turns out, polka dots and pretty milkmaid blouses look exceptionally great together.

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Faithfull the Brand Bellano Blouse (£159)

Missoma x Lucy Williams Entwined Hoop Earrings (£110)

Little Mistress Pleated Midi Skirt with Polka Dots (£48)

Style Notes: This summer marks the triumphant return of monochrome outfits, and Jessica gets the trend so right with her combination of a white pleated skirt and black jumper.

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Free People So Low So High Cashmere Jumper (£148)

French Connection Crepe Pleated Skirt (£75)

Dune Longisland Padded Toe Post Flatform Sandals (£90)

Style Notes: Earn yourself a sartorial match point by styling a white pleated tennis skirt with a matching hoodie. Then, finish with gold jewellery for fashion-insider appeal.

Shop the look:

Marks and Spencer Pure Cotton Oversized Hoodie (£25)

Daphine Giselle Ring (£75)

Hollister High Rise Pleated Mini Skirt (£29)

Style Notes: A look we always come back to, we love Brittany's colour palette of green, cream and black. Leave your shacket untucked to achieve her effortless styling vibe.

Shop the look:

Mango Chest-Pocket Overshirt (£60)

Arket Pleated Skirt (£69)

& Other Stories Chunky Leather Oxfords (£120)

Style Notes: Preppy but make it cool, Chrissy navigates her pleated miniskirt with flair, styling it with on-trend chain-detail loafers and a sweatshirt. Very 2021.

Shop the look:

Pangaia 365 Heavyweight Sweatshirt (£102)

Weekday Mini Pleat Skirt (£20)

Gucci Sylvie Chain-Detail Loafers (£610)

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