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pleated midi skirts for spring and summer
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We’ve all pined over a trend—think straw bags, tube tops, or bucket hats—and been crushed when sky-high prices prevented us from experimenting with the style. With Stylish Steals, we bring you affordable versions of the latest trends spotted on the runway, on Instagram, in stores, and on the street. Consider us your new, price-savvy personal shoppers.

As time in quarantine ticks on, we’re slowly but surely becoming sick of our sweatpants. During gloomy weekdays, they’re the comforting clothes we need, but on sunny evenings when we venture to our porches for some social distancing fun, we’re feeling the urge to get a little dressed up. Enter: the pleated midi skirt.

Satin midi skirts have been all the rage for the past year, but their flirtier, more carefree sisters are taking over this season. Comfortable, flattering, and breezy, pleated midi skirts effortlessly toe the line between dressed up and casual. Pair a pleated midi skirt with a graphic tee and sneakers for a laid-back look that will carry you through the workday and happy hour (even if it’s just in your backyard). Or, opt for espadrille wedges and a cowl-neck tank if you’re able to hit the town (or just want to feel fancy at home).

From printed to solid and satin to cotton, shop 11 pleated midi skirts below.

1. Woven Pleated Midi Skirt

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Bubblegum pink is one of our favorite colors to wear during spring and summer months because it instantly brightens our moods. However, this midi skirt also comes in black, if you’re looking for more of a staple piece. Pleated midi skirts are timeless, so at $16, why not snag both?

2. Stradivarius Pleated Midi Skirt in Beige with Black Dots

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Does any pattern put you in a lighter mood than polka dots? We didn’t think so. This pleated midi skirt screams “fun.” Plus, the stretchy waistband makes it super comfortable, so you’ll want to wear this piece all the time.

3. Vince Camuto Surreal Garden Handkerchief Hem Pleated Skirt

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If you haven’t noticed, tie-dye is the biggest trend of the season, so combined with another spring must-have (a pleated midi skirt), this piece is the crème de la crème.

4. ASOS Design Pleated Midi Skirt

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A stretchy waistband makes this skirt really comfy, and the color is sure to turn heads. Wear it with white tops this summer, then transition this baby into the fall by pairing it with darker sweaters and boots.

5. Topshop Pleated Crushed Satin Skirt

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We’ll never say no to a piece of crushed satin clothing, and this pleated midi skirt is no exception. The fabric combines feminine and edgy energy seamlessly, and the color is a knockout. It also comes in a more neutral cream, if bold colors aren’t your thing.

6. Wednesday’s Girl Pleated Midi Skirt in Mini Cherry Ditsy Print

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While cherries honestly make us think of the sweet Harry Styles song, they also make for a fun pattern. This black, green, and red print is ideal for any season when styled accordingly.

7. 1.STATE Colorblock Satin Pleated Midi Skirt

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We love a good colorblock moment, and this geometric midi skirt fits the bill. Mustard, peach, and black combine to make a carefree summer skirt. Opt for the blue and black option if you lean toward that color scheme.

8. A New Day A-Line Midi Skirt

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Florals for spring are always a good idea—especially when the pattern includes these bright colors. We can already see ourselves relaxing outside in this breezy skirt.

9. Mango Pleated Midi Skirt

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We’re all for an ombré look, especially when it’s in these dreamy shades of blue. An elastic waist makes for a comfortable fit, while black seams on the pleats add a slight edge to this feminine skirt.

10. J.Crew Factory Animal-Print Pleated Midi Skirt

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Snakeskin print is always a “yes” in our minds. This timeless pattern will transition seamlessly through the seasons when styled differently.

11. You’re On My Mind White Floral Pleated Swiss Dot Midi Skirt

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Prints reminiscent of grandma’s house are all the rage right now. This floral pleated midi skirt reminds us of good ‘ole gran’s curtains in the best way possible. It’s romantic, light, and breezy, making it perfect for summer days.