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Two-fer Tuesday: Pleated Skirt Edition

I bought a new skirt last week (for $14 at Dress Up), and I really love it.  Pleats are as feminine as it gets, and they’re very in right now, as is the midi-length.  Unfortunately, my legs and height are not ideally designed for that length – it makes my short frame seem even shorter.  Nevertheless, I soldiered on (remember, do as I say, not as I do; or do whatever you want, because what good is fashion if it’s not fun?!), and found two different ways to wear it.  One of them even prompted a guy to stop on the sidewalk and say, “You are dressed SO CUTE!”  (I’m pretty sure he was gay.  And also in high school.  So, no meet-cute there, but I appreciated the compliment, nevertheless).

And now without further ado, here are two different ways to wear a pleated skirt:

Look 1:

1 - pleated skirt and bowIn this outfit (the one that inspired such street-side admiration), I paired the skirt with a sweater. I don’t usually think to tuck in sweaters, but inspiration hit me on this particular morning, and the stars aligned.  I had to try a couple different options with the tights and shoes, as my first pairings looked more funeral than fun.  But, the wedges worked perfectly, and I plan to transition this skirt to spring, too, with some bright espadrilles.

Look 2:

1 - pleated skirt and chambrayAs I mentioned earlier, I really need height with this skirt to give the illusion of longer legs.  But, I wanted to pretend I was one of those cool tall girls who just wears flats with her pretty skirts, so I went for it anyway.  It’s OK…but not my most flattering look.  From the knee up, though, I really loved the styling.  I was grabbing coffee and then dinner with a friend on the day I wore this, and I was trying to go for effortless put-together casual.  Who knows if I achieved all of that, but it was a fun outfit, nevertheless.

What would you pair with this skirt?  Do you like my choices, or would you have taken a different route altogether?  Can’t wait to hear from you!



  1. I love the bracelet in #2! I don’t know if I can get away with a pleated skirt. Tall girl, flat shoes or heels notwithstanding, I usually end up looking or at least feeling like a teacher or secretary…both of which I’ve been (and am currently!)…but you know the kind I’m referencing. You, however, are indeed “so cute”!

    Whenever I try for the “effortless put-together” look, I end up taking more effort than usual!! 🙂

    I’m glad you’re posting so often. I have so much fun reading your blog. 🙂

    • Sarah_Beth

      March 3, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Thanks, Naomi! I have a feeling you could get away with it; I look at myself, and I think I look like a librarian, so maybe it just comes down to getting used to seeing ourselves in something new. Regardless, I always appreciate you reading and your support. I think you’ll really like my surprise tomorrow! I’m so excited about it. 🙂

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