The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the cherry blossoms are blooming: spring is finally here! And what better way to celebrate the turn of the seasons (and flaunt your tan from spring break) than by showing a little leg? This season’s apparel is all about the pleats, which is great news for D.C. Fashionistas. Bouncy pleated mini skirts are perfect for any day-to-night activity and a longer, sophisticated pleated skirt is a great addition to a trendy-yet-conservative internship look. Pay close attention, ladies, because these pleats cannot be beat!

I spotted this Fashionista in Kogan Plaza, where she was sipping her iced latte and enjoying the nice weather with her friends. I immediately took notice of her adorable skirt and how it swished and flowed as she walked, perfectly capturing the essence of the light and breezy day. She paired her Lilly Wright floral skirt with a basic black knit top from Anne Taylor and a matching black blazer from H&M. The black allows the skirt’s sheer grey undertones and the detailing of the yellow and purple floral pattern stand out. Her vintage skinny belt adds polish to the look and defines her waste line, thereby achieving that classic D.C. trendy sophistication. Metallic Sperry Top-Siders and a gold bangle finish off this sensational look.

Feeling incomplete without some pleats? Thankfully, pleated skirts have been incorporated into tons of spring lines to suit everyone’s fashion needs. Classic prep Mecca Madewell has always been a haven for these stylish skirts, which they offer in mini and midi lengths. For the eclectic Fashionista, Topshop has an abundance of options to incorporate into any personal style or occasion. If you’re shopping for daytime pleats, Free People and Aqua stock skirts in fun colors and airy summer fabrics. To score a skirt to go out at night in, Naven’s bubble skirts are perfect. NASTY GAL also has tons of nighttime options including my personal favorite, the high-low chiffon skirt.

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