Preppy pleated skirt styles that you need right now.
When it comes to fall fashion, back-to-school will forever be the vibe—no matter how many years it’s been since graduation day. And, of course, when that season comes back around each and every year, there are certain preppy trends that we pull from. Penny loafers, collared shirts, and—of course—pleated skirts always top the list, infusing your autumn wardrobe with that instant baseline of chic.
When it comes to pleated skirt styles, however, your options run the gamut. You can go tailored, sporty, or something in between; with hemlines ranging from micro mini to tea-length and more. Miu Miu, Prada, and—naturally—Thom Browne have driven the preppy trend home this fall, meaning that we have a range of pleated skirt styles to choose from as the temperature begins to drop and we transition our looks to suit the fickle seasonal weather.
From printed pleated mini skirts that are reminiscent of the Clueless-era early-aughts to sporty throw-on-and-goes; elegant knife-pleated midi skirts and more; shop our favorite pleated skirts for fall, right this way.
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For the ultimate in schoolgirl vibe, go for a black or navy mini pleated skirt with tonal belt loops. Miu Miu tailored its whole collection this season to the youthfully sporty trend, so now’s the time to indulge if you haven’t already.
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Go for that Cher Horowitz look with a mini skirt that’s pleated all around like your favorite preppy on-screen style icon. Here, you can shop the simple bottom in a range of hues and patterns and collect one for your every mood!
This pleated midi skirt is elegance at its best, boasting a colorblock elongated hemline that makes a traditional pull-on skirt a little bit more elevated, whether you choose to style it with a cotton T-shirt, silk camisole, or something in between.
Few do preppy separates quite like Thom Browne, and this pleated skirt is no exception. What sets this particular mini apart from the rest, though, is the striped cotton poplin that lies in between each herringbone wool pleat.
When it comes to a throw-on-and-go pleated skirt, this is the one for you. Made of a knit merino wool, this Polo mini will take you through morning, noon, and night without showing any signs of wear.
For the crisp poplin shirt lover, this is the pleated skirt for you. Boasting a subtle blue floral print, this cotton midi skirt is Erdem’s answer to tailoring at its best, without feeling stuffy.
This pleated skirt from Sandro is a great way to continue to wear white long past Labor Day. Featuring clean pleats, it’s made of a knit blend that feels more cold-weather than it does warm, especially when styled with opaque tights underneath.
Have some fun with color by shopping this early-aughts style. In pale pink faux leather, this pleated skirt is edgy but sweet, all at the same time.
This pleated midi skirt simply screams fall. Made of a knit blend that’s crafted to look like a heathered wool, it’s knife pleated from top to bottom, but hangs with a weight that allows it to more easily flow.
If you want a pleated skirt that truly leans into the schoolgirl vibe, go for this plaid mini that, while mainly hunter green and navy, boasts all the bright primary colors to give it a bit more pop.
Have fun with your ‘90s inspired plaid pleated mini with this style that boasts not one, but two different plaid patterns. In a variety of bright colors, all you need is a classic white T-shirt or black cashmere pullover and you’re good to go.
Go Scottish with your appeal, leaning into the fall pleated skirt look of plaid, wool, buckles, and a general kilt-esque mentality.
Ace that preppy vibe by styling your pleated skirt with a cashmere cable knit, piqué polo, and more.
Minis, midis, and maxis galore, shop the preppiest pleated skirt trend of the season right here.
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