Perfectly Pleated

Happy Hump Day!!!

As you have probably noticed, I love skirts. I have almost every style except a pleated skirt. When I was 18 years old, short pleated skirts were all the rage and I wanted one. I asked my mom to buy me one and she said no. When I asked why she said my hips and butt were too big and the skirt would make me look bigger. I remember instantly feeling bad about my body and wishing I could be smaller so I could wear the hottest trend. Looking back I knew my mom was coming from a place of love and concern but that stayed with me up until this day. So when I saw this pleated midi Eloquii skirt on sale with an additional 30% off, I decided to put that memory aside and go for it!

In person the skirt is more a sand color and not too light. My concerns about the pleats adding volume to my lower half were erased after putting it on. I think the pleats flatter my curves and don’t cling to my hips. The only downside is that the skirt is about an inch or two larger in the waist (I ordered an 18). This is not a deal breaker for me because a trip to the tailor will fix this(remember the tailor is your BFF!). The skirt is lined so it’s not sheer. Since its a neutral color, you can play around with different tops and accessories to achieve the look you want. I wore a lightweight denim shirt from Old Navy and gold accessories to compliment the skirt.

Would you wear a pleated skirt? Have a great day!

Skirt & stud earrings: Eloquii

Shirt: Old Navy

Necklace & bracelet: Lord and Taylor

Shoes: Aldo

169 comments

  1. In my book you can do no wrong! This look is so classic and chic! I love how u paired the skirt with a denim button down! The interplay between the two is perfection!

  2. You look great in that skirt! How nice to finally have your wish come true. I love how you’ve paired it with tailored shirt.

  3. Girl great outfit. You are glowing love how you paired the skirt and shirt together. I am always scare of wearing skirts with pleats for the same reason. You look great as always.

  4. OMG I just found your blog while doing an image search for this skirt — I just bought it and wore it, and was wondering how other people wore it. I LOVE your blog, I love your personal style. We seem to share similar tastes in clothes. I am SO GLAD I found your blog, will definitely be following from now on.

  5. This post brought back memories because I was told often that I was too big for pleats. My favorite skirt back in the late 80s/early 90s was a white pleated skirt and I wore it until it wore out – even though I often got the side eye – IT WAS WHITE! AND PLEATED! I sometimes felt fat but I thought it looked good even though it might have made me look bigger – if that makes any sense. Suffice to say you look wonderful and I think I might need to get this skirt!

  6. i love pleated skirts soo much – i took the plunge ages ago with a black skirt and i wore the pleats out! (how do you iron them?) you look beautiful, the skirt is divine and i love it paired with a denim shirt x

  7. Gorgeous skirt. I am now on the lookout for one myself. I don’t have a denim or chambray shirt, but I’ve got some other things I may be able to pair with a skirt like this one.

  8. I would have never attempted this combo. But your pics have proved to me how wonderful this combo looks! Am definitely trying..

  9. You look fantastic! Now I’m tempted to try on a pleated skirt the next time I’m looking for something for my also-curvy body.

  10. The skirt looks great on you. I love your smile and energy too. I know your blog is about celebrating plus size but hope you encourage health and fitness as well. Any size means little if one is not strong and fit.

  11. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed !!! I love pleated skirts and I have been wearing them for years. I think they are very classy. I love the color of your skirt. Your style rocks :)

  12. I think your mother and my mother were cut from the same cloth. I remember to this moment being in the 8th grade and loving a dress with a drop waist with all my heart. She told me it exaggerated my hips, which were “wide enough as it was.” Ugh.

    Yes, she was coming from a place of love. But to this day I still have insecurities based on that dress. If I close my eyes, I can still see it — and that was almost 30 years ago!

    I love your skirt. Love love LOVE it. The pleats are perfect — as long as pleats aren’t wide and make your bottom half resemble a bell, I think you’re good to go. This is such a beautiful outfit!
    :)

    1. Thank you for sharing this with me! I completely know what youre talking about. Its hard to erase those memories from the past but when you finally do, you feel a sense of freedom youve never felt before!

  13. You should ignore your mom more often because you look awesome! I happen to be one of those annoyingly scrawny girls with a style blog BUT I wish there were more plus-size style inspiration like you out there! I have lots of friends tell me they like what I’m wearing but that they could never wear something like that because they’re not as skinny as I am. That B.S. I’ve recently worn a chambray shirt and a pleated skirt (in separate outfits)…if we can both pull off those looks, then there are options out there for anyone!

    Sarah’s Real Life

    1. Yes!!! Love this comment because you hit the nail right on the head! Actually there is a whole plus size style blog community so ppl can find inspiration everywhere. Thank you so much for this!

  14. Honey, you are totally rocking your beautiful skirt, on your beautiful figure. Last time I checked, there was no bible telling a person what they feel good wearing. I have always believed, we should embrace our beautiful curves, it takes all shapes and sizes to make up this fragile universe, you go girl, cheers!

  15. Hello lovely, I just came across your blog and goodness me – you have my exact figure! Busty with good legs. My best friend calls me an overblown hourglass (he means it nicely:)) Anyway, I love the fact that you are happy, proud and sexy. You go girl and the pleats are ace xx

  16. Really enjoyed your blog.I’m just starting mine and you are definitely inspiring me.I think it isn’t about a person’s size but how they accentuate the positives.

  17. Sadly, my mother told me the same thing when I was younger and I’ve never owned a pleated skirts. But yours looks fantastic! Good for you for moving beyond that mis-directive and discovering that it is a fashion you can wear. Maybe I’ll try one, too.

  18. I’m glad that you’ve overcome your worries about pleats and given them a try. You look lovely in that skirt! When it comes to fashion, people are always saying that certain people shouldn’t wear this or that, but that’s no reason not to at least try it on and see if the naysayers are actually right. My mother told me I couldn’t wear silver, but I proved her wrong.

    You have the sort of smile that inspires joy just by being; keep that confidence coming!

  19. I know nothing about fashion, am not grown (refused) – curvy – or woman.
    Inspiration is your friend. You are inspired, and inspiring to others.
    Congratulations on the Freshly Pressed, how I got here. Press On.

  20. the pleated skirt looks perfect on you!! wearing clothes is more on how you carry it,, if you feel good about it, then, go girl!! i smile looking at your photos, i feel you feel great! i wore a pleated a-line dress in my younger years,, i loved it especially the flare!! Congrats on being FP’d..

  21. I’m loving the combo you put together…the soft feminine skirt with a structured shirt, and those super cute shoes. Rock it girl!!!

    My mom embedded a number of doozies in my brain that left me body conscious decades later too. And like you, I recognize it comes from a good place, but still!

    I’ve learned that as long as confidence is a part of my outfit, I can make heads turn, whether its jeans and a blouse, or a borderline clown suit :)

    I swear, it’s all about your swagger. THAT’S what makes the outfit!

  22. I’m so glad you decided to put your memory aside, the skirt looks great on you. I believe that any style can work with any body, you just have to find the right one and way to wear it!

  23. I love pleated skirts and remember having one many years ago.They are so hard to come by these days. Lovey post.

  24. I remember begging my mother to buy me a denim skirt in the 7th grade and she said no because skirts were not flattering to chubby girls….I saved my own money and bought a too tight jean skirt and felt happy and guilty everytime I wore it…That stuff sticks forever…Loved the post, the skirt, and especially those great shoes!

  25. Yes! I was there too; wanting the short pleated skirt but when I tried them on it would look horribly lop-sided and hiked-up in the back. The look is gorg! :-)

  26. Great blog, I’m following you here and on Twitter. Please follow me back. I’d love to interact and receive feedback. Be blessed! @DivineMerritt

      1. Because people always point out that it’s too feminine/girly and that it is not my usual style. They would do or say things that make me uncomfortable. :( But I really love dresses and skirts.

      2. I’ve read your post “The Emancipation of Me”. I admire your strength and it inspires me :) you are amazing! A real role model!

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