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3 Ways to Look Flashy but Not Trashy in a Metallic Pleated Skirt

Want to look a little flashy without looking trashy? Try one of the lovely metallic pleated skirts that are popping up everywhere – and at all price points – this Fall.

Now if the term ‘pleated skirt’ conjures up images of the stiff, middle-enhancing version you used to wear in the 1980s, take a deep breath and relax. Today’s pleated skirts are much more forgiving and wearable for women of every age and most body shapes (you can read more about that here), and in recent months, have been a favorite street style look, even among over 40 bloggers.

When it comes to styling this Fall’s metallic skirts, stay clear of looks that scream heavy metal. The look of a 40+ gal – heck, all gals in my opinion – will look best in a midi-length pleated skirt styled in a classic and/or feminine way with just a touch of an edge to keep the dowdiness factor at bay. Here are three examples.


Floral Metallic Skirt Black Sweater


1.  Pair Your Metallic Skirt with a Chunky Sweater

This cozy, fall look is trendy on Pinterest and Instagram. Here’s how this style recipe works. Take a chunky knit and pair it with this beautiful hazy rose patterned gold lame skirt. Add black booties, and a ladylike bag, and your outfit is 100% in the here and now.

Light Gold:silver Metallic Midi White Collar BLouse

2.  Wear it With a Romantic Blouse

Some gals who gravitate to a soft, romantic style will find that a pretty metallic skirt can be a gorgeous addition to their wardrobe. To style it modern, try adding a pretty, ivory choker top and sand suede mules to this delicate rose gold metallic skirt. A burgundy saddle bag adds a pop of vibrant color. Isn’t it lovely?

Gold Metallic Skirt Leather Jacket

3.  Add a Fine Leather Jacket

If you have more of a wild child in you, try this combo. Slip on a light, thin leather moto jacket with this shiny, metallic gold pleated skirt from Anne Taylor. This skirt is the perfect day-to-night piece. For the day, you can wear it the easy way with a black sweater or turtleneck and black booties. Here I’m showing you a night option with heels and fashionable accessories.

Notice how the jacket gives it that macho edge, but it is still classy looking. (BTW, a leather or leather-look moto jacket is a great basic to have in your wardrobe, and this faux-leather one from Nordstrom comes in at a great price.)

I love this trend. What about you?

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