Keep it MBAchic: styling the pleated skirt trend for the office

keep it MBAchic: styling the pleated skirt trend for the office

It took me a minute to embrace, but styling the pleated skirt trend for the office is not an impossible task. The fact that they’re everywhere also gives us a ton of possibilities in mixing and matching what we have in our wardrobes already. I’ve got a couple of skirts on the way and I can’t wait to wear them when the fall weather finally kicks in. Comment below which ones you’d wear, and how!

Keep it MBAchic: styling the pleated skirt trend for the office
Anh 9to5chic

Any time we don’t know how to rock a new silhouette or trend, a neutral look is a solid bet. We can always count on Anh of 9to5chic to style a gorgeous neutral look, and this is no exception. Anh styled a Ralph Lauren skirt with a Sezane jacket and a Banana Republic sweater (her post with link is here). Love the hi-low mix as well!

runway pleated skirt

This is a gorgeous look we found on Pinterest, but we are having an incredibly hard time finding the original source (please contact us if you track it down, or if this is your photo!).

Attribution issues aside, this look is stunning but 100% achievable. A simple boatneck sweater with a pleated skirt and leather belt are chic and polished and I can’t wait to try this one myself.

Keep it MBAchic: styling the pleated skirt trend for the office
Victoria Latu Talking Shop pleated skirt

I need this entire outfit. From the palette to the textures, this look is stylish while looking super comfortable to take you through a long day of work, meetings and after hours events. Victoria Latu of Talking Shop nailed. this. look.

Also, as mentioned on IG, blazers and jackets are a great way to mask some of the extra fabric that bunches at the hip on some of us when rocking a full skirt like this. Such a win-win, here!

Reiss pleated skirt

This rust color is popping up everywhere and I really love it for fall. I also love the structure the simple black blazer offers without being a mis-match. Really love this look by REISS; I would likely swap out the shoe for a classic pump for my office, but otherwise, really into this.

Keep it MBAchic: styling the pleated skirt trend for the office
mycurvesandcurls pleated plum combo

Again, we love a monochromatic look for work and this ensemble styled by Assa of @mycurvesandcurls is beautiful. From the rich plum tones (which we are clearly digging for fall), to the bell sleeve, this look is so good. Depending on your office vibe you can play around with your accessories (when I worked at my company’s London office, I’d totally rock the bootie, but when back in New York, I’d slip on a classic pump). Also I’m not sure my bag would *ever* be that tiny and chic but it’s definitely worth a shot.

jamie chung pleated blue

Loving these pleated skirts in different tones. This rich blue number seems like it might be an old White House Black Market find on Jamie Chung, but it’s still just as stylish today.

What I really love about this look (can totally see this in a more creative office) is the structured top worn over the skirt. Not every look is going to require you to tuck your shirt in, and the clean lines of this shirt allow you to wear it like this (and nicely masks some of that fabric that bunches at the hip on some of us). Love this look.

Keep it MBAchic: styling the pleated skirt trend for the office
blazer and pleated skirt

If you secure only one pleated skirt all season, this look by Elie Tahari is 100% achievable. You’ve surely got the pieces in your closet, whatever color they are, and this slim, long blazer really brings this look up a few notches. Elegant but comfortable, and even if you needed to throw on a pair of hose for the colder weather, I’m sure you’d be able to wear this well into the fall season.

jean wang extra petite pleated skirt

Here’s another great neutral look, this time by @JeanWang of Extra Petite. I love the details here, and could definitely wear this under a neutral blazer at work. Again, I’d probably swap out the footwear for a pump at the office, but tote those shoes for after work drinks or dinner. Such a classic look!

pleated skirts for work

How would you style a pleated skirt for work? Let us know!

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