Styling a pleated skirt

Last weekend I bought a pleated look knit woolish skirt for a change from pencil skirts. It feels warm and so soft and comfortable. The fabric is actually not pleated but is knit to look that way. It had a 3-day return which I missed so I'm keeping it and think it will be a good addition.
Unless you set me straight.
1. Worn with old EF cashmere open cardi and matching silk shell, scarf from San, black fishnets layered over nude stockings, old Munro ankle boots.
2. Same but with a black silk shell layered under the blue one. No scarf.
3. Same but with added narrow zebra belt.
4. Close up of skirt.
Is this working? What styling has the best proportions? Too matchy?
Is the skirt too short on me, especially for fishnets?
I welcome your thoughts and ideas for styling. Please be honest. If I should not wear this skirt, I know much younger women who will use it.
I welcome your thoughts.

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28 Comments

  • Vildy replied 3 years ago

    Looks wonderful to me! Can't think of a reason in the world you wouldn't continue to wear it.

  • cuffcat replied 3 years ago

    Not too short! I really like it with the zebra belt the best. Pleats to me, always seem a little voluminous, so I think the belt adds waist definition. Hope you keep the skirt.

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    The knit skirt is fun and actually quite on trend. (Some on the catwalks this season). Love it with the booties. Good job keeping the skirt. Love that it's warm too. 

    I think the skirt needs a little more spunk, Joy. Leave off the cardigan, and add the leather jacket you got from Sandy. xo

  • AnnieMouse replied 3 years ago

    I think it's a lovely skirt, and a wonderful length on you, Joy. Of the options, three is my favourite, because, s Cuffcat said, the definition makes a nice counterpoint to the implied volume of the knit pleats.

  • Day Vies replied 3 years ago

    So pretty! I love the soft blue with the dark charcoal. I like all of the stylings for different reasons. Each look feels modern because you have booties on your feet.

  • ramya replied 3 years ago

    Oh Joy you have something I am scouting for in stores n ebay. But try this with blazers or leather jacket. Cardigan isn't completing this outfit

  • Missey replied 3 years ago

    Ooh!  I like it!  I think you could style this skirt many different ways, as you have already shown!

  • bioya replied 3 years ago

    I agree with some of the others. The cardigan ages the skirt. I love Angie's leather jacket idea.

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Oh, thank you for the quick and helpful replies. I'm glad that the skirt wasn't a mistake and will pair it with San's fab leather jacket. I know that will make a great looking outfit. I'm also happy that you seem to feel that the booties look ok with a skirt.

  • April replied 3 years ago

    Ooh -- loving the idea of spunking it up a bit.  Will you post a new photo if you try a different combination?  Those of us who are drowning in pencil skirts would love some inspiration to change up our silhouettes...

  • Neel replied 3 years ago

    Yep..... I think leather jacket would take this skirt from fab to stunning! Great find Joy. I don't think the skirt is short at all ... Looks great on you!

  • E replied 3 years ago

    Yay for full skirts! :) This one looks great: neutral enough to work with a lot but unusual enough with the knit texture to add interest to an outfit. Good find! I can't wait to see it styled with different toppers.

  • MsMary replied 3 years ago

    Love the skirt with the booties!  I like it with the scarf and the belt, and would love to see it with the leather jacket!

  • Thistle replied 3 years ago

    Love the idea of it with leather. I really like the color combination, and the booties take it up a notch.

    And i love that its not really pleated. Ironing pleats is horrible.

  • Vildy replied 3 years ago

    oohhh, love Angie's (and others') idea to spunk it up with some leather.
    There ya go.

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    April, I will definitely take photos. It may be the weekend before I wear a skirt, even a warm one, though. Cold, wind and rain-snow mix are settling in.
    Thank you, Neel, E and MaryK. I need to play more with this skirt. I hope that it will help me out with some sweaters that seem too short for trousers and jeans. It's fun to try something new this time of year.
    Thistle, I've been avoiding pleats for the ironing or expense of pressing if dry cleaned.

  • Inge replied 3 years ago

    Very fun skirt, Joy. I love it with the booties and the pale blue. I was also thinking of a spunkier topper like a leather jacket. A denim jacket could be fun too?

  • rute replied 3 years ago

    So pretty! Love the first with the booties and the scarf! Love the light blue on you

  • unfrumped replied 3 years ago

    I like the skirt!

    I have something in pleated poly that is kinda similar in effect, though not fabrication, and in playing with proportions I so far came up with 2 approaches for my tops--shorter and boxier than what you have shown, or longer and leaner, down over the hip (maybe to about where the pleats start.

  • Freckles replied 3 years ago

    Love the skirt on you and not too young at all.  
    I remember an off white topper with fur collar you had that maybe had some charcoal beading or sequins in it.  Wrong silhouette for this skirt...

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 3 years ago

    I'm with Angie adding in the leather would really up the funk factor and more modernizing... Love th e booties with this!

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    Love the skirt, Joy. It's going to work well for you. 

  • LACeleste replied 3 years ago

    Terrific skirt Joy!  

  • Gigi replied 3 years ago

    I love the skirt! All the outfits look good, but my faves are 1 and 3. And it's definitely not too short. A clear winner! I've love to see if with the leather jacket.

  • gryffin replied 3 years ago

    Joy - so pretty!!  Does't it make  you want to twirl!!  I like outfit #1 best.  My immediate reaction was "chanel"  Can you do better than that!!

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Thank you for all your great ideas and thoughts. Unless the weather turns warm soon, you will see more of this skirt.
    Unfrumped, those are great ideas. I don't know if I have anything cropped right now but I see what you mean.
    Freckles, the fur collared topper is pretty long..duster length... But it could work. I'll have to try it.
    Griffin, it does make me want to twirl :). You gave me an idea. I have a red and grey tweed Chanel-esque cropped jacket that may work with the skirt, also a yellow, white and black plaid jacket in the same shape.

  • Runcarla replied 3 years ago

    Get out that orchid top too, but not as a twin set! It will work well with the grey skirt. I agree with those who advise to 'toughen it up' with a leather jacket.

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    I like #2, but by all means try it with the leather jacket!

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