TREND: Pleats, Pleats, and More Pleats

For this upcoming season, I simply can't stop obsessing over pleated skirts…and I'm not alone. Back in February, Who What Wear highlighted two pleated skirts in their three-item-long The Haute List. And truthfully, this popularity comes at no surprise: pleated skirts' loose and flowing style enables Fashionistas to stay comfortably cool despite the absolutely brutal D.C. heat…and this characteristic alone could make them a go-to spring and summer staple. However, these skirts have many other wonderful features aside from their ability to beat the heat: they're feminine, fun, and suitable for almost any occasion. Need I say more?

This Fashionista impressively displayed one of the many positive features of this great trend by sporting a pleated skirt to her internship this week. This Fashionista wore a black, pleated skirt at her waist, elongating her legs in the process. Tucked into her skirt was a sleeveless, denim button-down which she wore beneath a tri-blend, gray-toned grandfather cardigan. This Fashionista accessorized with a braided, black belt, a simple black hobo, cocktail rings, and an amazing pair of loafers which featured burgundy- and chocolate-colored leather. This Fashionista's personality and fashion sense came through very well in her pleated look, and I absolutely adore her easy-going, almost prepster-like style.

Hint: When you're looking for the perfect pleated skirt this season, try one featuring a floral print. If that sounds too busy for you, do as this Fashionista did and opt for a solid-colored option. Pair your skirt with neutral-toned oxford booties, exposed socks, and a tucked-in, basic T-shirt for a show-stopping look!

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