The Y2K-Inspired Pleated Mini Skirt is the Latest Fashion Obsession of Celebrities and Influencers

by Jeymi Reyes for Preview.ph   |  Nov 27, 2022
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Just like in life, the smallest things can make the biggest difference. This may seem like some cheesy advice given out of nowhere, but hear us out: In terms of fashion, incorporating pleats in your everyday looks will totally add some flair to things. After all, incorporating texture in one's outfits is a foolproof way to elevate any ensemble. 

In particular, pleated iterations of a mini skirt have seen a resurgence in wearers in recent times. Originally a staple piece in the 1950s, pleated skirts were much longer and meant to be conservative. It was a decade later when hemlines were shortened by a few inches, thus starting the concept of the mini. Despite not being a new closet item, the reemergence of pleated mini skirts might be attributed to the timelessness of the piece, as it can be suited to match a myriad of aesthetics.

Don’t believe us? Here to convince you are several celebrity and influencer OOTDs featuring a pleated mini skirt, proving that it should now be your new closet staple.  

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LOOK: Local Celebrities Wearing a Pleated Mini Skirt 

1. Tank Top + Pleated Skirt + Belt + Handbag + Flats + Accessories

    A pleated mini skirt may be just the item you need to rock an early aughts-inspired OOTD. Take style cues from Ashley Garcia and partner a black mini with a pink silk tank top and matching pink flats. To spruce up her solid-colored skirt, she accessorized with a Diesel belt punctuated with the label’s silver buckle. Finishing her look off was a white Prada Cleo bag and a Tiffany heart choker.

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    2. Polo Shirt + Pleated Skirt + White Sneakers + Sunglasses + Handbag

    Ashley then traded in her usual Y2K style to try out the trendy academia aesthetic. Here, we see her sporting a white knitted polo shirt with a coffee-colored pleated mini skirt. Keeping her ensemble cute yet casual was a pair of white sneakers and a plaid handbag.

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    3. Sweater + Pleated Skirt + Handbag + Chunky Sneakers + Glasses

    At the tender age of 13, Kendra Kramer already knows a thing or two about style. She’s definitely one of the Gen Z style stars to watch out for, and this fresh and fun OOTD of hers starring a white pleated mini skirt is proof! She teamed her piece with a grey sweater, chunky sneakers, and a furry cow-print shoulder bag.

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    4. Halter Top + Pleated Skirt + Handbag + Sunglasses

    When in doubt, a no-brainer ‘fit you can easily throw on is a coord set. Just take it from Maureen Wroblewitz who served Britney Spears vibes in a dark wash denim ensemble comprised of a cropped halter top and a box-pleated mini skirt. Carry a classic black handbag and add a pair of square-shaped frames to further dress up the look!

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    5. White Tee + Pleated Skirt + Chunky Sneakers + Tote Bag + Baseball Cap

    Ira Oyco shows us a simple yet ultra-chic way to color block! As seen here, the influencer went for a classic white tee tucked into a bright red pleated mini skirt. She added additional touches of white by way of her sneakers and ankle socks. For an even sportier vibe, Ira topped her look off with a black baseball cap.

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    6. Sports Bra + Arm Warmers + Pleated Skirt + Chunky Sneakers + Sunglasses

    Drawing blanks on what to wear? Choosing a specific color palette can help, especially if you’re pressed for time. Sarah Yu stuck to a monochromatic look featuring athleisure pieces like a black pleated mini skirt, a Louis Vuitton sports bra, arm warmers, and a trusty pair of New Balance’s. 

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    7. Off-Shoulder Top + Pleated Skirt + Chunky Loafers + Sunglasses

    Just like Sarah, Vern Enciso also opted for a black-and-white color palette during her trip to Bangkok. In the Land of Smiles, the stylista slipped into a black off-shoulder top teamed with a white pleated mini. You can team this look with a classic pair of sneaks, however, a pair of shiny black loafers can give a more collegiate type of vibe.

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    8. Cropped Sweater + Pleated Skirt + Chunky Sneakers

    You can’t go wrong with the sweater and skirt combo! But if you want to take your outfit up a notch, then go for a pleated denim mini skirt and cropped sweater just like Hazel Quing did. This way, the influencer was able to highlight her toned mid-riff.

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    9. Top + Pleated Skirt + Boots

    Rei Germar went full-on 2000s babe with her tourist ensemble in Seoul. The 25-year-old chose to stand out against the stark museum halls by slipping on a tie-dye cheongsam-inspired top. As for her bottoms, she went with an espresso-hued pleated mini skirt, and completed her getup with knee-high white boots.

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    10. Turtleneck Sweater + Pleated Skirt + Slingback Heels + Handbag

    Making a case for turtleneck sweaters in the summertime is Sarah Lahbati. With her white turtleneck providing some warmth, the celebrity mom decided to balance it out with a skin-baring pleated mini skirt. A chic pair of slingback heels and a black Louis Vuitton Pochette Coussin were her stylish companions for the day. 

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    This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.

    * Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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